One of the biggest upcoming films in 2016 is no doubt Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will pit DC Comics and Warner Bros. two big superhero titans (Batman and Superman) against one another, while introducing Wonder Woman to the big screen, and laying the foundation for the upcoming Justice League team-up movie, and the larger DC Extended Universe that will surround it.
That's a few tall orders to service, and rumor is growing that Batman v Superman could be an expensive gamble for DC/WB - which is why it's never too early to start building the hype for next year's release. To further that end, DC Comics' Holy Trinity - Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman - are gracing a new magazine cover.
Total Film magazine will be featuring Batman v Superman (and its three big superheroes) on the cover of its upcoming issue, which will have a more extensive feature on the superhero blockbuster. Superman actor Henry Cavill Instagramed the image of the cover below, giving millions of fans another (and well-lit) look at the respective costumes for Superman (Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot):
So I’ve finally taken the leap into social media! And here’s a little treat for you all in the form of a sneak peak of the Batman v Superman cover shot from Total Film magazine, before the issue comes out on Friday. @batmanvsuperman #batmanvsuperman #totalfilm
This (admittedly touched-up) photo at the very reinforces what we've recently heard discussed in a Batman v Superman costume featurette: Superman's costume now reflects more alien textures; Batman is a bulky and physically imposing bruiser (a la Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns); and Wonder Woman is outfitted in the armored yet sleek and agile battle garb of your classic Amazon warrior. Seeing the trio together really provides the scale to see the differences in their physicality, while still invoking the iconography of DC Comics' imagery.
Of course, magazine covers are notoriously unreliable canvases for getting "realistic" looks at superhero costumes; what will matter is how these outfits look in motion onscreen, in the visual context (read: muted tonal filters) that director Zack Snyder establishes. So far, though it doesn't look like a bad adaptation (at least to me) - but what are YOUR thoughts?
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.
Sources: Henry Cavill and Total Film