Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is without a doubt one of the most anticipated movies of 2016. Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is old news, it’s time for Warner Bros. to step up its game and, most importantly, not disappoint its hundreds of millions of fans. As for what the fans will be seeing? If the trailers are any indicators, we will finally get a chance to witness what unarguably is the greatest fantasy match-up between the two most famous superheroes ever: Superman and Batman. That alone is enough reason for a geek like me to be happy, and enough to compile a list of 25 facts about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The trailers so far have been mind blowing to say the least. What may have some fans a little worried though, is that the trailers indicate a departure from the original story that the movie is based on. This could be a good thing or a bad thing (though is hard to imagine how anyone can improve the story line for The Dark Knight Returns). Giving Snyder the benefit of the doubt (after all, he is the man who made 300), we expect great things from Superman V Batman which hits theaters on March 25. But before then, check out these 25 Eye-Popping Facts About Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Batman v. Superman borrows its thematic arc and tone from one of the most famous Batman stories there is, The Dark Knight Returns by writer Frank Miller, whose work has been the inspiration for several esteemed comic book movies, including 300 and Batman Begins.
This will be Zack Snyder’s third film with DC. His first was Watchmen and his second was Man of Steel. Truth be told, most of us will always remember him thanks to 300.
In the comic book miniseries The Dark Knight Returns, Batman and Superman fight long after the Justice League is disassembled. In this movie, they will fight before the League is even formed.
The reason for Batman taking on Superman is because in the events of Man of Steel (2013), a Wayne Financial building is destroyed. Bruce Wayne is also concerned of what will happen if Superman decides to use his powers for evil.
The film was originally pitched in August 2001 by Andrew Kevin Walker, with Wolfgang Petersen to direct and Akiva Goldsman to write the script. Goldsman’s script had Bruce Wayne’s fiancée slain by the Joker, which sends him on a revenge rampage and brings him into conflict with Superman, who tries to stop him. The film was shelved, but in Goldsman’s I Am Legend (2007) a teaser poster for the film (the Superman shield inside a bat) is seen in the opening scene.
Superman’s suit is considerably brighter in this film, with the blue 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.”
This will be the first film in 3D to feature not just Batman, but Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash, and Aquaman. Superman’s first 3D film was the Man of Steel (2013).
It will also be the first live-action film to include Batman, Superman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman together.
Talking about Wonder Woman, keep in mind that this is her first live-action theatrical film appearance. The character has previously appeared in TV programs and direct-to-DVD animated films.
Producer Charles Roven has also confirmed that Wonder Woman is a demi-god and that her father is Zeus. So that clears up some of the speculation regarding where she comes from in Snyder's film. In addition to being the daughter of Zeus, we’ve also learned that she will be hundreds of years old by the time the action of Batman v Superman begins.
Jason Momoa’s portrayal of Aquaman is heavily based on his appearance in the comics from the 1990s.
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