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.

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.

The film takes place two years after the end of Man of Steel. Superman has taken a place among society as an icon and hero and has made the world safer to live in, but many distrust his altruism due to remembering the destruction from his battle in Metropolis, the foremost being corporate mogul and prominent Metropolis citizen Lex Luthor. Into the debate enters the billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne, who uses his alter ego of the mysterious Batman to test and challenge Superman to see if he can be trusted. A number of other heroes play supporting roles in order to set up Justice League and other standalone movies.

Its 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

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: Lex Luthor, the Big Bad of the film, is bald (or will be bald by the end).
  • 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:
    • Wonder Woman, 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 will also potentially 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.
  • 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.
  • The Jeeves: Alfred Pennyworth, who apparently also takes a much more active role in assisting Batman in crimefighting.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Superman and Batman both have these, as usual.
  • Large And In Charge: This version of Batman is taller and burlier than past portrayals.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The first line in the film's trailer could refer to the audience's divided reactions towards Man of Steel as well as the world's reaction to Superman's appearance.
    Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?
  • Leitmotif: While the characters are expected to have them, Batman is an interesting case in that Hans Zimmer, who composed The Dark Knight Saga, wants to avoid using any of his material from those movies for this film.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Loosely inspired by Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman and Superman will have some kind of confrontation before sorting things out.
  • Mega Corp.: LexCorp, par for the course.
  • Meta Casting: While still out of left field, the casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor also had it's own internal logic. Eisenberg's most famous role is Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, a self-made 20-something billionaire with an arrogant God complex over his own genius. Many of his other roles follow a similar path, just not as diabolical as Luthor is known to the public.
  • Monumental Damage: Set and promotional photos like the Wonder Woman reveal indicate that the cities where battles take place in will be subject to damage, though it doesn't look nearly as extensive as the damage that occurred in Man of Steel.
  • Motif Merger: Just look at the page image, then look at the trope image. It's is the logo for DC's Superman/Batman series, albeit with more of an influence from the Superman logo from The Golden Age of Comic Books and the Batman logo from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black:
    • While the first look at Aquaman's costume is shot partially in black and white, the color scheme for it appears to be one that utilizes a yellow and black color scheme instead of an orange and green one (although if one looks closely it appears his pants have some teal or sea green on them), as it is in the comics. It's justified to some extent in that his costume is partial-body armor rather than a suit.
    • This is averted by Superman, who is wearing a modified version of his costume with brighter colors, and Wonder Woman, who wears armor that has her traditional colors, though the red of her bodice is a little more muted compared to brighter red used in other media. Her skirt, however, is a decent shade of blue.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Batman's costume and Powered Armor are both inspired by similar suits from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
    • Set reports claim a small restaurant is named "Ralli's Diner," which was actually featured in a 1987 Superman comic, in which Lex Luthor performed a Kick the Dog moment toward a waitress.
    • Superman is surrounded by a crowd who reach out their hands to touch him in a recreation of a page from Superman: Peace On Earth.
    • Batman has a grappling rifle in one scene, referencing him using similar equipment in issue 1 of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
    • The masked troops surrounding Superman does bring up Regime Superman from Injustice: Gods Among Us'. Even donning an Superman emblem on their shoulders.
    • Mercy Graves is race lifted to Asian, just like she was in The Batman.
    • A newly released photo shows Bruce Wayne and Diana dancing together, which could be a subtle nod to the animated Justice League series.
  • Not Quite Flight: By Gal Gadot's own admission, Wonder Woman can "practically fly", and is also able to leap great distances, similarly to Superman early on in Man Of Steel.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: A major theme of the film is the dangers and general reaction to Superman's god-like power.
    U.S. Senator: Power corrupts. And absolute power corrupts absolutely. The world has been so caught up in what he can do, that no one has asked what he should do.
  • 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.
  • 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 seems to sport 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:
    • The teaser shows some of Superman's fans wearing skull-makeup that makes them look like the supervillain Silver Banshee.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Batman VS Superman