25 Eye-Popping Facts About Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Posted by , Updated on November 24, 2022

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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).

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It will also be the first live-action film to include Batman, Superman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman together.

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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.

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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.

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Jason Momoa’s portrayal of Aquaman is heavily based on his appearance in the comics from the 1990s.

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Want more Superman stuff? Check out these 25 Alternate Versions Of Superman That Are Bizarrely Cool.


Lex Luthor’s role in the film is based on his appearance in the comic book All-Star Superman, where he is contemptuous of Superman because of his alien nature.

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We also know that Jesse Eisenberg will be bald as Lex Luthor. However, in the trailer we see him with hair at some point. Either he loses his hair in the movie or he just wears a wig.

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There was speculation at first whether kryptonite would be included at all in Snyder’s interpretation of Batman. After all, there was no mention of kryptonite in Man of Steel. Instead, Krypton’s atmosphere is shown to be Superman’s weakness in the first film. But at the 2:48 mark of the Comic Con trailer, Lex is shown admiring a chunk of meteor containing kryptonite. So, yes, there will be kryptonite!

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For the record, the kryptonite in the glass case being looked at by Lex Luthor appears to be in the shape of Zod’s skull.

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In Hollywoodland (2006), Ben Affleck stars as George Reeves, the actor who played Superman/Clark Kent in Adventures of Superman (1952). This makes Affleck the first actor to portray, in one form or another, both Batman and Superman as part of a major motion picture.

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This is the second superhero film in which Ben Affleck has played a starring role. The first was as Matt Murdock aka Daredevil in the homonymous film of 2003.

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Affleck put on an additional thirty pounds of muscle and reached eight percent body fat for the role.

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On the other hand, Henry Cavill, who is about six one, reached about 220 pounds at his peak during training for the film and filming.

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A rough cut of the film was shown to the executives at Warner Bros. They were reportedly so impressed that they not only gave the film a standing ovation but also began negotiating a deal with Affleck to have him make three solo Batman movies rather than the original plan to make only one.

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Christian Bale stated in an interview that he felt like he wanted to continue playing Batman and jokingly said, “I’m jealous of someone else playing Batman.”

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Ben Affleck asked Christian Bale for any advice he could give about playing Batman. Bale told him to “make sure you can piss in that suit.” Ironically, the two “Batmen” met quite by accident in a costume shop where they were buying a Batman costume for their sons.

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Ben Affleck claimed in an interview that he wanted to keep the batsuit when filming was complete. The producers agreed but Ben had to buy it for $100,000. Affleck quickly changed his mind and asked if he could just take a photo with it instead.

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Hans Zimmer composed a separate theme for each superhero in this film (except Batman), which is set to be featured in The Justice League: Part One (2017) and in each superhero’s stand-alone movie as well.

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In case you’re wondering if the film takes place in Gotham City or Metropolis, know that it was shot primarily in Detroit, Michigan.

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