Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
25 Mar 2016
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Initial reaction to casting of Ben Affleck
In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Ben Affleck said he was warned by Warner Bros. about the possible negative reaction to his casting, and was advised to remain off the Internet after the casting announcement. He also said to assuage his concerns, the studio showed him negative comments that fans had initially made to previous superhero castings. Affleck said in spite of the studio warnings, he still checked out an online message board. The first comment he read was, “Affleck as Batman? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!” After seeing that, he immediately went offline.
The batsuit that Ben Affleck wears is based on Batman’s suit in the comic book “The Dark Knight Returns,” written by Frank Miller and published in 1986. The film itself is partly based on the graphic novel.
According to Ben Affleck..
..he was surprised when he was offered the Batman role and was at first hesitant to commit to it. He was won over after a meeting with directorZack Snyder, who pitched Affleck his vision of Batman and showed him concept art for the film.
Collateral Damage in Man of Steel
When discussing the film, Henry Cavill said that it would address a major issue that fans and critics had with Man of Steel (2013), involving the huge amount of collateral damage caused in the film’s climax during Superman’s battle with General Zod in Metropolis. Cavill said that future battle scenes in movies featuring Superman would involve him making sure to not harm civilians himself and to protect them from evil villains.
…about an empty wine cellar is taken directly from the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.
Superman’s suit is considerably brighter, with the blue of the suit being lightened to suit the comic version. The yellow background behind the “S” has been made into a bright gold. Certain patterns in the suit have changed also, notably on the “S.”
On the design of Batman look
Michael Wilkinson, commenting on the design of the Batman look, said that “Zack Snydersaid that the most important thing for our Batman is that he come across as a really hulking big guy who’s super pumped up. He’s going to be even bigger than our Superman in silhouette. His strength is not through armor and gadgets, he’s basically a tower of muscle. Zack is a huge fan of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, and we looked a lot at that silhouette when we were creating our silhouette, the cowl I am super proud of. There’s always been this huge thing about can he actually turn his head. It does allow full range of movement and he can do all his stunts in the cowl.
As per producers
The producers declared that this is the very first DC Comics film that opens up to a cinematic universe for its heroes, saying, “Batman is being brought into the universe that now this Superman lives in.”
Visual FX shots
Charles Roven revealed that at the time, there were 1500 visual FX shots, relatively little compared to other visual effects heavy superhero films.
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson ..
deliberately made the Batsuit out of cloth, removing all traces of armor, saying, “Our Batman’s power comes from his incredible physical strength and fighting skills.”
The film was originally scheduled for release in 2015, but it was moved to 2016 to “allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”
Action Comics #1, featuring Superman
In one scene, Clark says to Perry, “When the Daily Planet was founded, it used to stand for something.” Perry responds with, “Yeah, and if it were 1938, you could too.” Action Comics #1, featuring Sup/erman, was published in 1938.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Alfred mentions that one of Batman’s targets may not even be real – “a phantasm”. A possible nod to the widely loved animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993).
Role of Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter plays a Senator investigating Superman for his destructive actions and powers. In The Incredibles (2004), she voices Elastigirl/Mrs. Incredible, who is in hiding due to society’s suspicion and fear of superheroes’ destructive powers.
Villians that dress up like clowns
While Bruce is talking to Clark during Lex Luthor’s party, Bruce says that Gotham already has enough trouble with villains that like to dress up as clowns. This is a reference to The Joker.
In the cyborg scene, Dr. Stone refers to the computer as the MOTHER BOX. The Mother Box is a super computer that is used on Apokalips, which is ruled by Darkseid, a major enemy of the Justice League.
No one in the film actually calls Doomsday by that name. The Kryptonian ship’s interface refers to the monster during its creation as ‘The abomination without name’, and Lex describes it to Superman as ‘your doomsday’. Everyone else simply refers to it using terms like ‘thing’ or ‘creature’.
“Crisis On Infinite Earths”
The Flash appearing from the future to deliver an ominous message to Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman is a nod to Marv Wolfman’s “Crisis On Infinite Earths” which featured The Flash doing the exact same thing, including disappearing before he could make it clear what exactly he was warning Batman about
Death of Superman
Superman is dead at the end of the movie after killing Doomsday. This is similar to “The Death of Superman” ( Superman comics #75, volume 2), published in 1993, in which they both killed each other.
Reference to “The Iron Giant”
In the scene where Lois Lane is in Clark Kent’s bedroom weeping on his bed after his death the wallpaper mimics the wallpaper in Hogarth Hughes’ bedroom in “The Iron Giant”. This may be a tribute by director Zack Snyder since in “The Iron Giant” the giant wanted to be like Superman and do good deeds for Earth and its people. In the end of the movie he sacrifices himself to save the town of Rockland, Maine from the nuclear warhead. In a similar way, Superman sacrifices his life to kill Doomsday and save Earth.
Who appears to Batman through the portal and why?
The Flash, from the future, comes to give Batman a warning. Most likely this warning is something that is to come in the next movie “The Justice League: Part One.” Apparently, he arrived too early. You can get this from what The Flash says, “Am I too soon?” *Yells* “I’m too Soon!”
Why would Batman and Superman become friends just because their mothers have the same name?
They didn’t “just become friends” because their mothers have the same name. Batman stopped fighting because he started to see himself in Superman. He started to see Superman as a human being who was trying to save his mother just like he would. Another Martha was in danger, and he wasn’t about to let her die.
What is the meaning behind Batman’s dreams / nightmares?
THE DREAM AT THE CAVE: Running away from his parents’ funeral, young Bruce Wayne fell into a circular shaft leading to a cave, where he saw in vision hundreds of bats surrounding him and rising him above the darkness of the pit and back into the light. Bruce Wayne himself says in the movie that this dream propelled him into crime fighting, hoping to find the light… but it never happened. He became ruthless and, as Alfred tells him, cruel, almost a villain when the movie starts. The movie shows how his perceived imminent risk to Superman makes him willingly kill in cold blood… but in the last moment, Superman shows him a better path, a redemption for his trauma upon the death of his parents via Martha Kent’s rescue. The concept that this dream originated through supernatural means is never addressed, but it could be interpreted that Superman’s example and, ultimately, his sacrifice makes Batman finally see “the light” of justice, becoming a little more humane (as demonstrated by not branding Lex Luthor in his cell) and thus starting his mission in search of other meta-humans in company of Wonder Woman, in order to “be united”. On the other hand, this dream-like scene takes iconography Christopher Nolan introduced into the Batman mythos in his Dark Knight Trilogy, but with a twist, thus making it a tribute to Nolan’s trilogy and his character’s contributions inside the DC Expanded Universe.
THE CREATURE IN THE TOMB: At some point of the movie, Bruce Wayne has a dream where he visits his parent’s mausoleum and, while contemplating Martha Wayne’s tombstone, a black liquid starts to pour from it. As he examines it, the tombstone bursts and a dark-skinned creature attacks him from inside. Wayne wakes up disturbed. Just like the Dream at the Cave, if this dream implies any supernatural element is not currently confirmed in the overall DC Expanded Universe, but it can be taken as Wayne’s mind still trying to cope with his parent’s death trauma. Furthermore, in an allegorical way, it could mean he is always subconsciously projecting his inner demons on his parents through the form of a humanized giant bat, thus not allowing him to get over it. Another way to look at it could be that somehow this dream is connected with the nightmare, the creature could be another vision of a para-demon or even a premonition/vision of the weight his mother’s memories could make him realize Superman is not his enemy because, if he (Batman) lets Martha Kent die, the whole world will suffer the consequences.
THE KNIGHTMARE: Waiting for the long process of decoding the hacked copy of Lexcorp files, Bruce Wayne falls asleep in front of the computer. Then, he has a dream/vision of a dystopic future where the world is barren, civilization is destroyed and Superman is leading an army of both human soldiers and winged creatures while armed with a pistol. On the ground a large Omega symbol has been carved. While trying to take possession of a kryptonite sample, Batman is captured. Superman confronts Batman saying that he “let her die” and then kills him, presumably by ripping his heart out. Wayne appears again in the Batcave but a red-masked man appears from some sort of portal, wondering if he came “too early” and saying to Wayne that he was “right about him” (not entirely clear if he meant about the latent danger Superman might pose, Lex Luthor, Doomsday or someone else) but Lois Lane is the key to avoid such a future. Suddenly, Wayne “wakes up” wondering what has just happened. Elsewhere in the movie, Lex Luthor points to his father’s apocalyptic painting in the wall and talks about “demons coming down from the sky” as a red herring, since evidently he was not refering to Superman (he always refers to him as a messianic figure or even “god”) but to something else, as he left the painting upside down before he had been taken into custody. Note the close similarity between the creatures in Batman’s nightmares and the figures in the painting.
All these elements heavily imply that Batman’s vision was caused somehow by a future Flash coming from a possible timeline when an inter-dimensional warlord called Darkseid has taken control of the Earth and Superman is now under his command due to Lois Lane’s death. The winged creatures are called Parademons and are Darkseid minions. In the last scene, when Batman confronts Luthor in his supermax cell, Luthor keeps calling out about demons from heaven to Batman, emphasizing that he succeeded in his plan to “kill god” so that Darkseid’s arrival turns out in the super-villain’s victory. While this movie presents dreams and nightmares as a new element to Batman’s psychology and it’s never clearly stated why or how Batman has such a vivid, detailed vision of this possible future, it certainly becomes the “heart wench” he mentions to Diana Prince, the reason for them both to start looking for metahumans after Superman’s sacrifice and be united, thinking such hideous future has been avoided but Darkseid’s intervention has not, setting up the story for The Justice League: Part One and since it involves time travel, possibly The Flash as well.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Good casting, gal gadot was the best, the plot was awsome, lex was awsome, batmobile scene was cool, so many refrence if u look close enough. justice league cameo was spot on great(MetaCritic)