Film: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

aka: Batman VS Superman

That's how it starts. The fever, the rage. The feeling of... powerlessness that turns good men... cruel.
— Alfred Pennyworth

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is the 2016 sequel to Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and the second film in the DC Extended Universe. It is being written by Chris Terrio based on a story by David S. Goyer and Zack Snyder.

Two years after Man of Steel, Clark Kent / Superman has taken his place as an icon and hero that makes our planet a safer place to live. But many still distrust the "Man of Tomorrow", after the damage his battle with General Zod wreaked on Metropolis and its sister city of Gotham. Fearing the destruction a god-like, and now unrivaled, superhuman could cause if he ever turned against those he protects, billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne comes out of self imposed retirement and re-assumes his mantle as the masked vigilante Batman. His goal: destroy Superman and his apparent hidden schemes, whatever the cost.

But not all is as it seems, as corporate mogul and prominent Metropolis citizen Lex Luthor plans to benefit from the war Metropolis' Man of Steel and Gotham's Dark Knight are now engaged in.

The film's cast includes:

In addition, Scoot McNairy, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, and Jena Malone will appear. Ezra Miller has been cast as Barry Allen/The Flash although sources conflict on whether he will debut in this film.

The film will be released March 25, 2016.

Previews: Teaser, Comic-Con 2015 Trailer

Batman v. Superman contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Atlas Pose: Superman is shown holding a large rocket over his head, very close to this pose.
  • Badass Boast: Batman to Superman: "Do you bleed? You will."
  • Badass Normal: Batman, a normal human with no superpowers who presumably can still go toe-to-toe with a Flying Brick like Superman with the right weaponry and combat skills.
  • Bald of Evil: Subverted at first. Lex Luthor has a head full of long hair in the trailer, though an earlier promo picture shows he will have his traditional look at some point in the film, and/or it might just be a wig like in the original film series.
  • Barbarian Hero: Aquaman, a hero with wild dreads, a beard, a bare chest, and extensive tattoos.
  • Battle in the Rain: Batman and Superman have a face off in a rainstorm.
  • Beware the Superman: Invoked by the anti-Superman factions in the film.
  • Big Bad: Corrupt billionaire Lex Luthor serves as the film's main antagonist, and mutual enemy to both Superman and Batman.
  • California Doubling: Gotham, Metropolis, and what appears to be Washington, D.C. are all being filmed in Detroit, Michigan.
  • The Cameo:
    • General Zod's corpse is shown and strongly implied to be in Luthor's possession.
    • Cyborg and Aquaman have small roles in the film. It's not yet clear if Cyborg will appear as a cyborg, or simply as Victor Stone before he becomes one. The Flash may also have an appearance.
    • Real-life figures also have some. The trailer features the voices of talk show host Charlie Rose and scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson as presumably themselves, so they might appear in person in the film. Long-time Batman fan Senator Patrick Leahy will also have the latest of several cameos through the years, the first of which was in Batman: The Animated Series episode "Showdown".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Averted with this version of Lex Luthor; while previous Superman films have portrayed Luthor as a larger-than-life businessman only working toward making a profit, Word of God says this film will have a more fleshed-out and less hammy version of the character.
  • The Dreaded: Batman is naturally this, but he's apparently something of an Urban Legend in Gotham, keeping out of the public eye while still putting pressure on criminals. Clark actually describes him as "a one man reign of terror."
  • Establishing Character Moment: As buildings are being destroyed during Superman's fight in Metropolis, bystanders are running away from the destruction. Bruce Wayne is running directly towards it.
  • Foil:
    • The differences between the two title characters are especially emphasized, which makes sense since most of the conflict will likely be centered around them. Superman is a superpowered alien who stands for light and hope, while Batman is a human with no powers who stands for darkness and terror. Lex picks up on this.
    Lex Luthor: Black and blue. God versus man. Day versus night!
    • In a meta level, the two 2016 DC' movies Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad can be seen as foils to each other: Dawn of Justice is a heroes-centric movie that featured heroes doing bad and set up the superheroes team up of the franchise while Suicide Squad is a movie about a team of villains forced to do good and set up the villains for future stand-alone films.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Batman and Superman will put their differences aside and team up, laying the foundations of the Justice League (as the title implies).
  • Follow the Leader:
    • The team-up element of the movie was conceived in response to the success of The Avengers and the looming threat of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the latter of which was set to be a Dueling Movie with Dawn of Justice before Dawn was pushed back a year.
    • Funnily enough, Marvel was subsequently accused of pulling this on DC with the announcement of Captain America: Civil War, which predominantly features a conflict between a genius high-tech billionaire and an American-raised individual with actual superpowers alongside an ensemble of lesser-known superheroes.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In the Battle in the Rain Batman has glowing white eyes thanks to his his armor, and Superman has glowing red ones thanks to his heat vision.
  • Green Rocks: Kryptonite makes its DCEU debut in this film.
  • Guttural Growler: Batman's Powered Armor suit has an added electronic filter making his voice sound deeper.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: The film is the direct sequel to Man of Steel, yet Batman gets top billing. Similarly, the title uses "V." instead of "VS.", as director Zack Snyder felt it made the title more distinct.
  • Older and Wiser: Batman is portrayed as being older than he is in most other film adaptations, being seasoned to his job.
  • Once More with Clarity: Scenes from the Superman/Zod battle in Man of Steel are shown from the perspective of Bruce Wayne, where one of his buildings were destroyed. Specifically, it shows Zod's first use of heat vision from the viewpoint of everyone on the street.
  • Only Sane Man: Alfred struggles to convince Bruce that Superman isn't who he should be fighting.
  • Our Founder: After being rebuilt, Metropolis has erected a statue of Superman following his victory against Zod during the events of Man of Steel. Some people in Metropolis, however, aren't particularly happy about this.
  • Perma Stubble: Batman and Bruce Wayne have this.
  • Powered Armor: Batman sports high tech armor with glowing white eyes in his Battle in the Rain with Superman.
  • Race Lift:
    • Half-Hawaiian Jason Momoa as Aquaman, who is usually portrayed as having White racial characteristics in spite of being an Atlantean.
    • Mercy Graves will be played by Japanese actress Tao Okamoto. As a bit of RetCanon, DC reintroduced Mercy as an Asian-American woman in the New 52 Justice League title to reflect this.
  • Rage Breaking Point: This version of Batman apparently has pent-up anger issues to deal with, but he doesn't get violent; just frustrated.
  • Real Is Brown: The film reuses the desaturated filter of Man of Steel and features multiple night scenes, to give the film a "real world" feel.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Set photos of presumably a flashback to the Wayne shootings show a nod to John Boorman's King Arthur epic Excalibur, since the movie theater playing The Mark of Zorro has Excalibur "coming soon". Snyder has said Excalibur is one of his favorite films and it helped inspire him to become a filmmaker.note  Assuming real-time dates apply here too, it also helps date the Wayne murders to 1981, when Excalibur was released.
    • Luthor alludes to Paul Revere, who is supposed to have said "The Redcoats are coming!" to warn fellow American patriots.note  Luthor instead says "The red capes are coming!"
  • Sigil Spam: Much is made of the promotional material showing just the "S" shield and the Bat symbol note .
  • Smug Snake: Lex Luthor, par the course. Bruce Wayne probably won't get along with him very well because of this.
  • The Tokyo Fireball: Metropolis was able to be rebuilt in two years, which is surprisingly quick, considering the catastrophic damage that was inflicted upon it. Odds are that Superman probably helped. Reconstruction probably happens a lot quicker when you have a Physical God doing all the heavy lifting.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Word of God says after the trauma he experienced when General Zod forced his hand, Superman vowed to find another way from that point on.
  • Truer To The Text:
    • The regular and Powered Armor Batsuits look almost identical to the comics. The regular suit in particular is textured fabric instead of the molded PVC / rubber suits from Tim Burton's, Joel Schumacher's and Chris Nolan's Batfilms.
    • Previous Batman movies didn't really focus on how expansive Batman's Rogues Gallery could be, with him fighting at most a couple per movie and just moving on (with most dying in the end). This film picks up with him already having a long career as a crimefighter, having dealt with a lot of enemies over the years and put them behind bars. Suicide Squad is made up primarily of former Batman foes.
  • Time Skip: Two years have passed since Man of Steel, with Superman serving as a hero to people around the world, although his presence isn't completely welcome in spite of his altruistic deeds.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Batman and Superman, two of the most iconic superheroes in the history of forever, finally meeting on the silver screen.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Aquaman has a bit of armor on and a strap around his chest, but most of his upper body is exposed.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Lex Luthor claims to have a genuine concern to want the world to be rid of Superman after the destruction of much of Metropolis. However, he's still Lex Luthor.
  • Whole Costume Reference:
  • Wretched Hive: Gotham is shown to have the aesthetic of America in the early days of the Industrial Revolution, and its reputation for being a center for crime is felt even on a good day. It's also right across the bay from Metropolis, and apparently has traditionally been downtrodden in comparison to its sister city, sort of like New Jersey to New York, or Oakland to San Francisco.
  • Zorro Mark: A criminal is captured and chained up, a scarred imprint on his shoulder is shown resembling a bat.

Alternative Title(s):

Batman VS Superman