New ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Images Offer Fantastic Behind-the-Scene Looks; Zack Snyder & Others Talk Up This Batman, ‘Justice League’ & the Larger DCEU

Ever since comic-con and Warner Bros. dropping the full (and pretty epic) trailer for Batman V Superman, it seems like we’ve been waking up to something new being released for the highly anticipated superhero movie everyday. That’s not either good nor bad, as it’s always good to see more and what’s pretty much been a pretty secretive project up until the last few months or so, but it’s also a bit iffy since it doesn’t hit theaters for another eight months. Now, everything being released isn’t anywhere near spoiler territory as it’s all just giving us fans much better looks at the suits, characters, and much more.

Over the past two days have seen a solid batch of images hit the web, with them all coming from Empire Magazine as their Batman V Superman issue will be hitting the shelf here pretty soon. Not only do we get more cool looks of Supes and Bats and their badass costumes, but we get another shot of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor expressing what kind of Lex he really is, as well as a number of fantastic behind-the-scene shots  from the filming of Dawn of Justice.

Although all the behind-the-scene images are just great, the official images are by far the most intriguing. It was mentioned in the article that the image of Superman has him standing in the broken down and burnt ruins of Wayne Manor, which is something very interesting. And the Batman image has Ben Affleck suited up in his Batman supersuit as he is using the Bat-signal to call the showdown meeting with Supes.

Meanwhile, the Lex Luthor (Eisenberg) image is a very different tone and look compared to the others. It’s not really known how exactly he fits into the overall story yet, but we know Luthor plays a pretty big role. And just like this Superman and this Batman, this Lex is something we haven’t seen on screen yet. From the trailer and images so far, Eisenberg’s Luthor epitomizes the modern day ‘Silicon Valley CEO type’ as he stands in the LuthorCorp gym with sneakers and a graphic tee. I’m really looking forward to seeing this Lex and how he evolves through this film and the many others he’ll no doubt be in.

In the article, both Snyder and Affleck gave many details on the idea on this Batman and how different this Batman will be on screen. Snyder started off by explaining that his Bruce Wayne/Batman is in his mid-40’s and has been Batman for about two decades and said “All the history is there, was there a Robin at one time? Possibly.”

He continued by talking about the conflict between the two title characters and how it comes to be:

“We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter.”

“He’s having a crisis of conscience. Am I really just a vigilante who stalks the alleys of Gotham?”

Affleck chimed in by giving us some great insight into the Bruce Wayne/Batman we’ve seen through the two trailers so far:

“Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me.’ Then Zack [Snyder] pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f**ked up Batman. It was something we haven’t seen. We have seen that Batman is willing to cross the line to protect people. That vigilantism has been a part of his character all along, and we are tapping into that mentality when faced by something as potentially deadly as Superman.”

From those words, it really sounds like Snyder and Affleck went to work and really dug deep to give us the much more darker and deadly Batman from the story he’s based off of. And just as Affleck says, this is a completely different kind of Bruce Wayne/Batman, a character that we have definitely not seen, but one I’m really, really looking forward to.

Along with all the Dark Knight talk, Snyder, his wife Deborah Snyder, and producer Charles Roven all talked about Justice League, the timelines, and the philosophy behind this universe.

First up is Snyder, who commented on the structure of the DCEU (DC Expanded Universe) and the freedom he wants for the other filmmakers:

“What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.”

“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. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”

Although there is no Kevin Feige (yet) that will be watching over the DCEU and its movies, it sounds as if Snyder will be sorta kinda taking up that role. I like hearing that each director will have the freedom to make their vision, but Snyder does make a great point that it is all connected and it seems that he’ll be keeping an eye on everything to make sure it does all connect the way it should.

His wife Deborah, who is just as involved in all of this as he is, talked just a bit about the timeline board Empire got to check out for this interview:

“Kind of a timeline of what every movie is, where it is going, and where the films fit in relation to each other.”

It’s good to know that WB/DC does have a set plan in motion. And even though each movie will be that director’s own film, it’s also good to know that there will be some structure around it.

Producer Charles Roven also got interviewed and added his perspective and the philosophy behind giving each director some creative freedom:

“We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On Suicide Squad, David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.”

Don’t get me wrong, it all sounds damn good and dandy and it gives me a little bit more confidence now. But we have yet to se WB/DC execute this giant plan they have in place. Man of Steel kicked everything off but that was over two years ago, so once Batman V Superman hits with Suicide Squad following, we’ll know exactly where they want to take this DCEU and how well they’re executing the plan.

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.

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