Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is gathering steam as we approach its March 25th, 2016 release date. Zack Snyder and company donâ€™t seem to care about Augustâ€™s Fantastic Four (though to be fair, Fox barely seems to care) or Deadpool next February. No, itâ€™s full steam ahead for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, maybe because the movie is going to require a significant amount of suspension of disbelief. Audiences seem ready to accept that Paul Rudd can shrink to the size of an ant, but are they ready to accept a neck-less Batman and a Lex Luthor that looks like an app developer.
Zach Snyder and Warner Bros have begun to unveil the secrets of the movie through an Empire Magazine cover story and said cover reveals two heroes that are massive, muscular and of two different necks:
Namely, Batman is so huge that his neck has been absorbed by his upper torso muscles. Sure, itâ€™s probably a poor Photoshop job as other photos from the Empire article show Batman to have a neck.
A little while back it was reported that Warner Bros had a strict â€œno jokesâ€ rule for their superhero movies after doubling down on snark for Ryan Reynoldâ€™s box office dud of a Green Lantern movie. That lead to the deadly serious teaser we got got for Batman V. Superman where blatantly ridiculous things happen – like the trafficking of a Michael Shannon corpse and Jesse Eisenberg chanting â€œthe red capes are comingâ€ – without the slightest acknowledgement that these are comic book characters. Itâ€™s all part of a grand Warner Bros/DC Comics plot to drop audiences in the middle of an already hero-weary world as a way of rushing to The Justice League.
For instance: weâ€™ll be catching up with Batman fairly late in Bruce Wayneâ€™s life. “Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me,’” Ben Affleck told Empire Magazine. “Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f****ed up Batman. It was something we haven’t seen.”
Director Zach Snyder says he could have done a solo Batman movie or a straight Man of Steel sequel for Warner Bros, but is happy to be working up to the Justice League by massaging Batman into what was initially announced as a Man of Steel sequel. This way, he can portray Batman the way it will fit in his story without having to tread close to the admittedly awesome Christopher Nolan incarnations. “We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change.”
After deciding to introduce Batman this way lead naturally into the Justice League, Warner Bros and Snyder began to craft the other movies of the DC Universe around the idea that the team would need to be formed as fast as possible.
â€œWhat we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story,â€ Snyder said. â€œI want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe.â€
For example, the article reveals that Batman is the hero that put every single member of the Suicide Squad in Amanda Wallerâ€™s prison and the scenes that have been shot in Toronto with a Batman stunt double riding on top of a car is a flashback to how he captures Harley Quinn. Aquaman has an â€œelusive cameoâ€ in Batman V. Superman and – of course – everyone is playing it coy with just how Gal Godotâ€™s Wonder Woman gets involved in next Marchâ€™s superhero smackdown.
But, really, how is a movie with â€œno jokesâ€ planning to get away with Jesse Eisenberg’sÂ version of Lex Luthor?
Not only does adding â€œCorpâ€ and â€œIndustriesâ€ onto your name make you feel super-pompous, but nothing about the way this character looks makes me believe he would give two super-farts about having an indoor basketball hoop for himself.
Batman V. Superman is compounding its ridiculousness with each official release and astoundingly seems to have more surprises in store than the suddenly neck-less Batman and Bro Luthor. Because, what? youâ€™re NOT going to see it? Youâ€™re such a liar and Zack Snyder knows it.