‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Rolls Out a Rain-Soaked First Look at Superman

By July 3, 2014
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The clumsily-titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (we’re all just going keep calling it Batman Versus Superman, right?) may be about two years away from hitting the big screen, but that doesn’t mean that director Zack Snyder is intent on hiding certain things about the feature from a rabid public — basic things, like what our heroes will look like. Earlier this week, we got a look at Henry Cavill in costume as Clark Kent, while we got our first look at Ben Affleck in the new Batsuit alongside the new Batmobile back in May. Now we’re getting another hero-heavy glimpse (with bonus rain), as USA Today has just shared a look at Cavill in costume as Superman, looking both very serious and very wet.

The newspaper also got some good chat time in with Snyder, who seems more than happy to gush about the project, which is currently shooting in Detroit.

The first thought that comes to mind is how Snyder decided to bring in Batman after only one Superman-centric feature. The outlet shares that “when developing Man of Steel, Snyder didn’t harbor dreams of one day putting Batman on screen, too — he figured he’d one day tackle an adaptation of Frank Miller’s seminal 1980s masterpiece The Dark Knight Returns, which pits a retired Batman against government agent Superman,” somewhat surprising news that signals that Snyder was actually always expecting to tackle a Batman story. Batman (and Bruce Wayne) ended up in the film because, as Snyder tells it, “it seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in.”

The film won’t waste too much time filling in backstory for the cowled one, instead presenting an aging (and kind of mad) Dark Knight that audiences will instantly recognize. Snyder even says, “it’s cooler to see a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys.” Will he try to beat the snot out of Supes? It’s unclear at this point, but Snyder reminds his audience, “suffice it to say there is a ‘v’ in between their names” in the film’s title. (Trivia: Snyder also told USA Today that he went with the “v” instead of the “vs.” we were all using for so long because he wanted “to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way.” Okay.)

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Batman v Superman still sounds pretty set on Superman, as it will see the hero struggling to acclimate to his place in a changed world while also being introduced to new places like Gotham City and new baddies like Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) while also attempting to keep up the Clark Kent facade with his job at the Daily Planet. That’s the kind of pressure only Superman could handle.

The film will also feature classic DC characters like Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), which will make the next film in the franchise “thicker, denser and more epic than Man of Steel,” while also quite obviously serving as “the next step toward building a strong movie universe that ultimately leads to Snyder’s Justice League, the supergroup answer to Marvel’s The Avengers, tentatively scheduled for a 2018 release.”

Still, Snyder sounds most excited about his current film, telling USA Today: “You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it’s Batman and Superman, let’s just be honest…I don’t know how you get bigger than that.” Shots fired!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open on May 6, 2016.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.