The only thing more fun than watching superheroes fighting supervillains is watching superheroes fighting other superheroes (just ask Loki), and to that effect, Warner Bros. is taking its first big step into a DC cinematic universe with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. According to rumors, the first trailer for Batman V Superman will arrive in theaters next month with Jupiter Ascending, and it's sure to offer a first look at what a big-budget onscreen fight between Superman and Batman looks like.
There are a couple of sticky questions to overcome whenever Batman and Superman face off (as they have several times in the comics). The first is the question of why two people who are generally on the same side would want to seriously fight each other, and the second is how to make it a fair fight since Superman's strength, speed and various abilities make him ludicrously overpowered compared to Batman.
With regards to the first question, there have been indications that Batman and Superman end up coming to blows over the partial destruction of Metropolis in Man of Steel. As for the second question, Batman V Superman choreographer Guillermo Grispo has touched on the subject in an interview with Los Andes Diario (helpfully translated by Batman News), offering his assurance that the power imbalance won't just be ignored, but that it also won't be addressed by Batman simply using trickery and gadgets to fight Superman. There will be punching.
"Warner Bros., they are very strict, so I can’t say much, but it’s no surprise if I say Batman and Superman come face-to-face in the movie. It’s one of the most important sequences and I was actively involved in the design of the fight: the exchange of punches and the physical movement were put together with my partner Ryan Watson.
"There’s a thought that Batman has no chance, that the other [Superman] will squash him like a bug. But when you see the movie, and how it all comes out, there’s a very intelligent explanation as to why they would have a firsthand confrontation though it seems to be totally to Batman’s disadvantage."
Grispo's recent credits include Kingsman: The Secret Service, Man of Steel and Riddick, and he mentioned in the interview that he nearly ended up working on The Dark Knight, but contract disputes got in the way. Fortunately, Batman V Superman came along and Grispo was offered the chance to finally bring Batman's fighting style to life and avoid what, in his view, were mistakes that Christopher Nolan made in his Batman fight scenes.
"Now Batman is going to fight the way I’ve always dreamed seeing him fight… he’s a character so prepared in martial arts that you can do a lot of things with him, but filmmakers usually don’t go all the way with it. Even in the last Nolan movies the action scenes aren’t very good from a technical, martial arts point of view to things like choreography, filming, bad camera movements…
"But hey, don’t get me wrong, Nolan is great, my hat's off to him. He makes fascinating stories, but I think that he did not pay too much attention to the fights. Those are the kind of details that Zack, being so physical himself, loves preparing. I think there’s going to be a big difference when you see these Batman fights in comparison to the previous ones."
Meow. At this rate, the movie is going to be called Batman V Batman - or perhaps Snyder and Nolan could just arrange for a crossover scene where their respective Batmans (Batmen?) face off against one another to see who is the better fighter.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in U.S. theaters on March 25th, 2016.
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