As we enter 2015, we're now a little over 14 months away from Zack Snyder's hotly-anticipated Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, as hard as that may be to believe. The director recently wrapped up principal photography on the film and is now into a lengthy post-production phase. Given all the super-powered characters appearing in the movie, it's easy to see why his team needs over a year to complete the project.
Man of Steel, perhaps to its detriment, certainly didn't shortchange on the number of action sequences, as Snyder delivered three big battles that stood out (Krypton, Smallville, Metropolis) and continuously upped the stakes. The collateral damage that was caused by some of these showdowns may become an integral plot point in the sequel, but that doesn't mean Snyder is going to tone down his set pieces.
While speaking with Collider, visual effects guru Joe Letteri (who has worked on a number of Hollywood tentpoles) opened up on what he's working on for Batman V Superman. When asked how the sequence compared to the opening Krypton segment of Man of Steel, Letteri gave a tease that should whet the appetites of fans (skip to the 9:25 mark of the video above):
"I can't really give anything away, but it is a standalone sequence. And I think you will be able to pick it out when you do see it."
So far, the only officially released footage from the film is the sizzle reel that San Diego Comic-Con 2014 attendees got to see. With its tease of a fight between the two titular characters, it certainly will be easy to "pick out" for fans. However, Leterri noted that his sequence is different from the one that was shown at Comic-Con, which will cause viewers to speculate about what the team has in store.
Given that Wonder Woman will be making her cinematic debut in the film, a distinct possibility could be a scene that involves the three heroes teaming up against a common foe during the finale. The legendary DC Trinity coming together on film for the first time is certainly one aspect of Dawn of Justice audiences will be most looking forward to, and augmenting that moment by doing something extra special will make it even more of a spectacle (like this clip from The Avengers).
Letteri specifically saying "standalone" will also raise some questions, as the nature of the word's definition would imply that it is a self-contained sequence that has little-to-no impact on the overall plot (like a James Bond cold open). After all, Krypton in Man of Steel could be considered standalone, so perhaps Letteri is working on something Superman-centric to illustrate how Kal-El has settled into his role as a protector of the people. There is a rumored sequence where Lois Lane requires a save from Superman in the Middle East, so Letteri could be describing that.
Regardless, with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and maybe even Aquaman all getting some screen time in Batman V Superman, there will be no shortage of awe-inspiring visuals and potentially epic battle scenes to be had. Perhaps soon we'll get to see a teaser that provides hints of what this all might entail.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters March 25, 2016.
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