Man of Steel was just the beginning of the plans Warner Bros. has for its larger DC cinematic universe. Fast forward a few long years and an announced slate, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to be the follow-up film next year, one that will expand the DC universe as we know it.
Although the juggernaut film will be featuring such characters like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and many others, the epic showdown between the titular heroes is by far its biggest selling point. It’s set to be the entire focal point of the movie (hopefully), as the history of DC’s Justice League always begins with Batman and Superman becoming not just allies, but great friends.
As we’ve seen throughout its entire marketing approach so far, it’s all about the Dark Knight and Man of Steel. Over the weekend saw Empire Magazine’s latest cover revealed, this time featuring the two iconic superheroes, giving another great look at the two suit designs. Along with Bats and Supes, you can see their respective cities, Gotham and Metropolis, pictured behind them. Back at Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder let it be known that Gotham and Metropolis are very close in distance, as he described them to be like Oakland and San Francisco. If so, that should make for a very interesting dynamic between the two cities, something that will no doubt play a role in this and future WB/DC films.
Yeah, it’s an image that’s pretty similar to many things we’ve seen on Dawn of Justice so far, but there are somethings that can be talked about. For starters, the bruiting difference between the two is very clear. Although Batman is just human, he looks more superhuman than anyone, much bigger then the Kryptonian. Another would be the way they look to be walking. While Batman looks pissed and broad with a mean step, Superman has a clean and confident stride, no matter what kind of situation he’s in. And lastly, something that maybe a handful of people could pick up on is their eyes. Just take a minute or two and look into both their eyes and just feel what’s going on. It’s so glorious and potent, by far the best feature of this image.
While Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is more than likely next year’s most anticipated film, I still know that it has some big things to overcome. Don’t misunderstand me when I say that, I’m still looking forward to it just as much as anyone else, but there are still some major obstacles to hurdle for Zack Snyder and company. And by all accounts, everything so far says that it’s going to be flat-out epic and I hope it is, I really hope it is because it has some fantastic things going for it at this point. But for some odd reason, I’m just still not one-hundred percent sold on it yet…
While speaking with Empire, Snyder talked about the new Batman in his film, as well as other filmmakers giving their takes on what he calls the DC Expanded Universe (DCEU):
“There is just this gravitas to Batman. He is operatic.”
“I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe.”
Superman himself, Henry Cavill, spoke about how the world views him in Dawn of Justice following the damaging events of Man of Steel:
“In this movie, everyone has split into different directions as to how they feel about this alien. Some people love him, some hate him. Other people fear him. Is he a tyrant?”
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25th, 2016. Directed by Zack Snyder starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Scoot McNairy, Jason Momoa, and Holly Hunter.