How Batman Will Fight Superman In Dawn Of Justice And Other Talking Points
Bear with us. We’ve had serious gaming talk for two weeks now. Friday is as good a day as any to do some other geeky stuff, wouldn’t you say? What cool geeky stuff could rival Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice right now? Perhaps Deadpool! That looks awesome too. But let me not get sidetracked! Focus.
So, while Batman has fought Superman many times in the comics in some truly epic showdowns, fans have been wondering how exactly The Dark Knight will bring it to the Man of Steel when Kryptonite hasn’t yet been introduced in this universe.
If the movie is staying at all true to the source material, which is the incredible comic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, then Kryptonite sort of has to feature. It’s also a necessary and iconic part of Superman’s lore.
Well it turns out that the way Batman will fight Superman actually does involve Kryptonite, and it’s quite badass. It involves Batman’s super armour being reinforced with the green stuff.
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Just recently Entertainment Weekly revealed their Comic-Con issue which featured the trio Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman on the cover. In hype for the new issue, they revealed some brand new details about Dawn of Justice.
Batman-News kindly summarised the big points, which you can see below
- For his climactic rooftop brawl with Superman, Batman outfits himself with a reinforced mech-suit equipped with strength-augmenting armor and, yes, kryptonite.
- Batman and Wonder Woman have a meeting of alter-egos as Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince parry and flirt at a high-society function. “I love the fact that there was this Thomas Crowne Affair, Bond-y sexy scene that they wrote about two people who are pretending to be two different people who each know the secrets of the other person,” says Ben Affleck.
We don’t quite know how Batman goes on to acquire Kryptonite since it isn’t discovered in the universe yet, but I assume Lex Luthor may have something to do with that. Or aliens.
Ben Affleck spoke a bit about the movie as well, particularly his character. He described his Batman (via Batman-News) as being “on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it. But this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.”
Affleck also compared Batman to Hamlet because reasons, and then said something really interesting about Batman’s age and where he is in his career.
“Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet. We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations.”
On Batman’s career Affleck said, “He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it.”
As to why Batman and Superman are actually fighting, which is another question fans have had, it’s pretty interesting. Entertainment Weekly says that Batman worries that Superman’s unequaled power makes him more of a potential fascistic overlord than a hero to the people, and so The Dark Knight makes it his duty to drop him down to earth.
While no one is complaining people have believed that Batman V Superman was born as an answer to the MCU. If director Zack Synder is to be believed, it’s actually been a dream of his for quite some time, and he had an idea for it to boot.
Snyder revealed that he pitched the first idea of a Batman/Superman movie to Christoper Nolan and writer David Goyer during the creation of Man of Steel.
“I said, ‘What about at the end of the movie we do a scene where there’s a crate full of kryptonite delivered to Wayne Manor,’” says Snyder. “Everyone was like…‘Okaay.’ Once you say it out loud it’s a problem because you can’t unsay it.”
That would have set some tits on fire, but I’m glad it didn’t happen because the actual reveal was far more epic. Not to mention we had many easter eggs in Man of Steel, which included a Wayne Enterprises satellite, confirming the existence of Bruce Wayne in the Man of Steel universe.
Snyder also reiterated some comments by producer Charles Roven in saying that they wanted Superman to have to ‘look up to Batman’, quite literally.
“I liked the fact that Ben was 6’ 4” and taller than Henry,” says Snyder. “I wanted Superman to have to feel like he was looking up to Batman despite being so much stronger.”
That’s pretty awesome. Hard not to love Snyder and his childlike enthusiasm sometimes.
This movie is starting to sound quite a bit better after all these details, and now it’s going to be down to the execution. I admit to being a bit worried about Batman’s age in comparison to Superman’s, but it could make for something interesting in their dynamic, as Clarke will be young and naive and Batman will be cynical and world-weary.
Comic Con 2015 kicks off July 9 and runs through that weekend so there’ll definitely be a whole lot more.