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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: the opening scene in which Bruce Wayne runs to the Wayne Financial building in Metropolis during the events of ''Man of Steel''. He watches helplessly as Superman and Zod crash into the lower levels of the tower and stray heat vision takes out some of the lower levels and it collapses, creating a huge cloud of dust that Bruce runs through to get there and save anyone he can. Huh...[[TheWarOnTerror a collapsing tower and a huge disaster which claims many innocent lives...]]

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: the The opening scene in which Bruce Wayne runs to the Wayne Financial building in Metropolis during the events of ''Man of Steel''. He watches helplessly as Superman and Zod crash into the lower levels of the tower and stray heat vision takes out some of the lower levels and it collapses, creating a huge cloud of dust that Bruce runs through to get there and save anyone he can. Huh...[[TheWarOnTerror a collapsing tower and a huge disaster which claims many innocent lives...]]


* TheMasquerade: Even though Superman has shown the world that he exists, there is still little evidence of other superpowered individuals. Lex mentions early on in the film that others may exist, calling it the "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Metahuman Thesis]]" and this factors into Wonder Woman's subplot, [[spoiler: the discovery that Lex has files on her and other metahumans]]. When Bruce finds out he contacts her and asks directly "[[Film/WonderWoman2017 Where have you been?]]" By the end it's made clear that the masquerade is about to break open, and further explored in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' and ''Film/JusticeLeague2017''.

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* TheMasquerade: Even though Superman has shown the world that he exists, there is still little evidence of other superpowered individuals. Lex mentions early on in the film that others may exist, calling it the "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Metahuman Thesis]]" and this factors into Wonder Woman's subplot, [[spoiler: the discovery that Lex has files on her and other metahumans]]. When Bruce finds out he contacts her and asks directly "[[Film/WonderWoman2017 Where have you been?]]" By the end it's made clear that the masquerade is about to break open, and further explored in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' and ''Film/JusticeLeague2017''.


* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: 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 Creator/ZackSnyder felt it made the title more distinct.

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* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: 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 Creator/ZackSnyder felt it made " Snyder said that the title more distinct.direct meaning of th V is "and", therefore not focusing on their fight, but their union.


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* OrWasItADream: The sequence with [[spoiler:ComicBook/TheFlash]] is implied to be part of Bruce's nightmare... except that when he wakes up, there are papers flying around in the room, implying that ''something'' really moved.


Two years after ''Man of Steel'', [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent/Superman]] (Creator/HenryCavill) has taken his place as an [[TheCape icon and hero that makes the planet a safer place to live]]. But many still distrust the "Man of Tomorrow", after the damage his battle with General Zod wrought on Metropolis. Fearing the destruction a godlike and now unrivaled superhuman could cause if he ever [[BewareTheSuperman turned against those he protects]], billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Creator/BenAffleck), who fights crime as the vigilante Franchise/{{Batman}}, has focus on preparing. His goal: destroy Superman and his [[TheConspiracy apparent hidden schemes]], whatever the cost.

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Two years after ''Man of Steel'', saving humanity from destruction, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent/Superman]] (Creator/HenryCavill) has taken his place as an [[TheCape icon and hero that makes the planet a safer place to live]]. But many still distrust the "Man of Tomorrow", Steel", after the damage his battle with General Zod wrought on Metropolis. Fearing the destruction a godlike and now unrivaled superhuman could cause if he ever [[BewareTheSuperman turned against those he protects]], billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Creator/BenAffleck), who fights crime as the vigilante Franchise/{{Batman}}, has focus on preparing. His goal: destroy Superman and his [[TheConspiracy apparent hidden schemes]], whatever the cost.


* TheMasquerade: Even though Superman has shown the world that he exists, there is still little evidence of other superpowered individuals. Lex mentions early on in the film that others may exist, calling it the "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Metahuman Thesis]]" and this factors into Wonder Woman's subplot, [[spoiler: the discovery that Lex has files on her and other metahumans]]. When Bruce finds out he contacts her and asks directly "[[Film/WonderWoman Where have you been?]]" By the end it's made clear that the masquerade is about to break open, and further explored in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' and ''Film/JusticeLeague2017''.

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* TheMasquerade: Even though Superman has shown the world that he exists, there is still little evidence of other superpowered individuals. Lex mentions early on in the film that others may exist, calling it the "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Metahuman Thesis]]" and this factors into Wonder Woman's subplot, [[spoiler: the discovery that Lex has files on her and other metahumans]]. When Bruce finds out he contacts her and asks directly "[[Film/WonderWoman "[[Film/WonderWoman2017 Where have you been?]]" By the end it's made clear that the masquerade is about to break open, and further explored in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' and ''Film/JusticeLeague2017''.


** When pilfering servers from Lex Corp, Bruce finds files on Diana, explaining why she was interested in the same thing. He later sends her related files on [[ComicBook/TheFlash Barry Allen]], [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} Arthur Curry]] and [[ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} Victor Stone]]. All of which show brief glimpses of their abilities, explicitly as a lead in to ''Film/JusticeLeague''.
** After the climax, when a SWAT team arrives [[spoiler: to arrest Lex]], an image of a demonic figure holding three cubes is being projected by the scout ship, which is [[ComicBook/NewGods Steppenwolf]] and also a SequelHook to ''Film/JusticeLeague.''

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** When pilfering servers from Lex Corp, Bruce finds files on Diana, explaining why she was interested in the same thing. He later sends her related files on [[ComicBook/TheFlash Barry Allen]], [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} Arthur Curry]] and [[ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} Victor Stone]]. All of which show brief glimpses of their abilities, explicitly as a lead in to ''Film/JusticeLeague''.
''Film/JusticeLeague2017''.
** After the climax, when a SWAT team arrives [[spoiler: to arrest Lex]], an image of a demonic figure holding three cubes is being projected by the scout ship, which is [[ComicBook/NewGods Steppenwolf]] and also a SequelHook to ''Film/JusticeLeague.''Film/JusticeLeague2017.''



* TheMasquerade: Even though Superman has shown the world that he exists, there is still little evidence of other superpowered individuals. Lex mentions early on in the film that others may exist, calling it the "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Metahuman Thesis]]" and this factors into Wonder Woman's subplot, [[spoiler: the discovery that Lex has files on her and other metahumans]]. When Bruce finds out he contacts her and asks directly "[[Film/WonderWoman Where have you been?]]" By the end it's made clear that the masquerade is about to break open, and further explored in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' and ''Film/JusticeLeague''.

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* TheMasquerade: Even though Superman has shown the world that he exists, there is still little evidence of other superpowered individuals. Lex mentions early on in the film that others may exist, calling it the "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Metahuman Thesis]]" and this factors into Wonder Woman's subplot, [[spoiler: the discovery that Lex has files on her and other metahumans]]. When Bruce finds out he contacts her and asks directly "[[Film/WonderWoman Where have you been?]]" By the end it's made clear that the masquerade is about to break open, and further explored in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' and ''Film/JusticeLeague''.''Film/JusticeLeague2017''.



** [[spoiler: Lex talks about someone who "has found us" and rants psychotically in his cell. Bruce says he is going to try and unify the various metahumans so [[Film/JusticeLeague they'll be ready to fight]], and a faint heartbeat can be heard echoing from Superman's grave while the dirt around it starts to levitate.]]

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** [[spoiler: Lex talks about someone who "has found us" and rants psychotically in his cell. Bruce says he is going to try and unify the various metahumans so [[Film/JusticeLeague [[Film/JusticeLeague2017 they'll be ready to fight]], and a faint heartbeat can be heard echoing from Superman's grave while the dirt around it starts to levitate.]]


* AvengersAssemble: [[spoiler:Bruce says in the ending that he plans on recruiting [[Film/JusticeLeague the metahumans Lex had files on]], so that they'll be ready to fight together if need be]].

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* AvengersAssemble: [[spoiler:Bruce says in the ending that he plans on recruiting [[Film/JusticeLeague [[Film/JusticeLeague2017 the metahumans Lex had files on]], so that they'll be ready to fight together if need be]].


** Batman gets this in regards to how much torment a normal person can handle. After 20 years of crimefighting with no sabbatical, an ever-increasing crime wave and a dead sidekick, Batman has come a long way from the [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga younger and idealistic vigilante audiences are used to]].

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** Batman gets this in regards to how much torment a normal person can handle. After 20 years of crimefighting with no sabbatical, an ever-increasing crime wave and a dead sidekick, Batman has come a long way from the [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy younger and idealistic vigilante audiences are used to]].


* BadFuture: The nightmare is heavily implied to be a vision of a possible future GoneHorriblyWrong. [[spoiler:It comes as a result of Lois dying in that timeline, ensuring that Batman and Superman remain enemies, that Superman allies himself with Darkseid and that the Justice League never forms.]]

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* BadFuture: The nightmare is heavily implied to be a vision of a possible future GoneHorriblyWrong. [[spoiler:It comes as a result of Lois dying in that timeline, timeline (later revealed by Zack Snyder to be an AbortedArc, with Darkseid killing her in the scrapped original script of ''Justice League''), ensuring that Batman and Superman remain enemies, that Superman allies himself with Darkseid and that the Justice League never forms.]]



* BookEnds: [[spoiler:We open and close the film with two caskets about to be buried.]]

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* BookEnds: [[spoiler:We open and close the film with two caskets about to be buried.buried -- Thomas and Martha Wayne in the opening, then Superman's empty coffin for the military/public funeral in Metropolis and Clark Kent's coffin with him inside at the funeral in Smallville in the ending.]]



* BreakTheBadass: Superman goes through one hell of an emotional breakdown, most of it engineered on prupose by Lex Luthor and his god-killing delusions.

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* BreakTheBadass: Superman goes through one hell of an emotional and physical breakdown, most of it engineered on prupose purpose by Lex Luthor and his god-killing delusions.



* {{Crossover}}: Between Batman and Superman. However, this is not an IntercontinuityCrossover, as this movie sets up a [[SharedUniverse shared cinematic universe]] for DC characters.


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* {{Crossover}}: Between Batman and Superman. However, this is not an IntercontinuityCrossover, as this movie sets up a [[SharedUniverse shared cinematic universe]] for DC characters.

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* CreatorCameo: Zack Snyder has a vocal cameo in the "Knightmare" sequence. It's his voice that says "Yeah, we got it." when a chunk of 'kryptonite' is brought to Batman.

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** Deborah Snyder, co-producer and wife of Zack, appears as one of the mourners who bring food at the Kent house at Clark's funeral.


* WorldBuilding: The first DCEU film to vastly expand the SharedUniverse directly after ''Film/ManOfSteel'' set up Superman's world, by introducing Superman's {{Archenemy}} Lex Luthor, introducing Batman and his world, introducing Wonder Woman, and paving the way for the Justice League and the upcoming conflict with Apokolips.

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* WorldBuilding: The first DCEU film to vastly expand the SharedUniverse directly after ''Film/ManOfSteel'' set up Superman's world, by introducing Superman's {{Archenemy}} ArchEnemy Lex Luthor, introducing Batman and his world, introducing Wonder Woman, and paving the way for the Justice League and the upcoming conflict with Apokolips.

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* FictionalCountry:
** The [[{{Bulungi}} fictional African country]] of Nairomi at the beginning.
** The fictional sultanate of Hajar.


%% * IndecisiveDeconstruction: The major problem with the film. The film takes a very idiosyncratic approach to its title characters to set up a conflict between them that is driven by a bunch of issues and problems that it doesn't fully resolve, or proceed from its starting point:
%% ** The film extrapolates about how Superman would be seen with mistrust in the 21st Century, and that his reckless collateral damage in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' would provoke a social and political response, as well as an existential crisis among society about the presence of a PhysicalGod among them. Yet rather than take this to any proper conclusion or resolution, the movie doesn't deal with this. Superman spends most of the film being entirely passive about these fears rather than undergo CharacterDevelopment in response to it, while in his Clark Kent identity, he spends most of his time chasing down and tracking Batman's police brutality instead. The entire issue of whether Superman is divided between seeing himself as human, and society seeing him as God, gets sidelined with the denouement in his fight with Batman and Doomsday.
%% ** Batman is supposed to have become DarkerAndEdgier, and grown more cruel after seeing Superman's attack but his response and reaction aren't presented as especially divergent from his previous behaviour. Likewise it's not clear what exactly it is about Superman's fight with Zod that bothers him. If it's collateral damage and irresponsibility, then Batman's own rampage and casual slaughter of criminals in his chase for the Kryptonite, and his general torture and mutilation of evil bad guys, doesn't make sense, likewise his sudden shift from wanting to kill Superman to teaming up with him after a HeelRealization comes out of a melodramatic plot device rather than the actual ideological issues he has about the risks of having a Superman in the world ("1% of a chance").


But not all is as it seems, as corporate mogul and prominent Metropolis citizen ComicBook/LexLuthor (Creator/JesseEisenberg) engineers a war between Metropolis' Man of Steel and Gotham's Dark Knight.

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But not all is as it seems, as corporate mogul and prominent Metropolis citizen ComicBook/LexLuthor (Creator/JesseEisenberg) secretely engineers a war between Metropolis' Man of Steel and Gotham's Dark Knight.

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