2016 is home for what is likely the most anticipated superhero movie ever, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set to hit theaters on March 25. We already that this movie will introduce and set up a series of DC superhero movies that will follow over the course of the next several years. With the Marvel superhero universe already well established, Zack Snyder will attempt to build off of Christopher Nolan’s gritty, darkened Batman series to create something as successful as the Marvel series but altogether different.
This film has the benefit and/or the curse of standing on the shoulders of Nolan’s hugely successful The Dark Knight Trilogy, considered by many to be the best superhero series ever put to film. While Snyder’s first Superman entry, Man of Steel (2013), was successful in its own right, it wasn’t met with nearly the same critical acclaim as was its Batman predecessors. Now faced with a new Batman (Ben Affleck), Snyder will attempt to bridge the gap between these two iconic heroes and bring them together for the first time on the big screen.
What follows is a list of 12 things that may be useful to know before seeing the film. Since we haven’t seen the movie yet, nothing on this list is a spoiler, but some of the information will lead you to draw your own conclusions which might come true, so beware of your own brain. Ultimately, this is a primer for the movie. While the origin stories are definitely subject to stray from the canon, there will certainly be little nods for all the DC fanboys out there. Read the list. Impress your friends. Be in the know.
12 Which Batman Is This?
11 Who Is Lex Luthor?
10 How Does Batman Keep Up With Superman?
9 Who Is Wonder Woman?
8 Who is Aquaman?
7 Who is Cyborg?
6 Where Are Metropolis And Gotham?
5 Who is The Flash?
4 Where is the Justice League?
3 Who are the Villains?
Much to the chagrin of fans, the latest Batman v Superman trailer revealed a little too much of one of the other villains for the film, the one and only Doomsday. Doomsday is an ancient monster from Krypton, but it may be in the film that he is a twisted creation of Luthor, spawned from the corpse of General Zod (see Michael Shannon’s appearance in the trailer), similar to very strange Bizarro. Doomsday possesses impossible strength and regeneration/adaptation abilities, making him a deadly foe for Superman, also one that famously killed the Man of Steel in “The Death of Superman.”
2 Will Robin or Bat Girl Be In This?
1 Where is the Joker?
If, how and why the Joker comes into this film is anyone’s guess, but keeping with the Jason Todd link brings up some interesting possible plotlines. In Batman: Under the Hood, it is revealed that after Todd was tortured by the Joker and killed, he was brought back to life by Talia al Ghul. But what comes back is a different Todd; he is changed and mentally deranged, turning into the Red Hood, an antihero who willingly abuses his power. This provides a few possibilities for the Joker’s motivations. It could be that the Joker is mocking Batman for not being able to save his friend, or it could be that Jason Todd/the Red Hood is angry at Batman and pretending to be the Joker, or it could be in line with some circulating theories that questions the Joker’s true identity altogether, but that's a story for another day. Enjoy the show!
Sources: IMDB; DC Comics Database, Cinema Blend
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