The announcements about “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” continue as Licensing Expo 2015 rolls on. The latest news regarding the March 25, 2016 film by Zack Snyder is, none other, than the official plot synopsis for the film. It reads as follows:
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
While the plot synopsis doesn’t necessarily reveal anything new to fans, it’s worth mentioning that it clarifies the themes of the “Man of Steel” follow-up. From the first trailer, we already have an established world set in the DC Cinematic Universe (or should I write “multiverse”) that has mixed reactions regarding Superman’s debut. The ideas of “a god-like Super Hero”, “most revered, modern-day savior” mixed with the world wrestling with those themes could turn out to be an excellent concept for the Chris Terrio (Argo) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) story to be rooted in.
After the first teaser trailer released a few months ago, the plot relays that the Zack Snyder film will very much be both a Batman and a Superman movie. While the film has been rife with speculation on what it is, such as if the 2016 film could be viewed as a direct sequel or its own, standalone film, Henry Cavill (Superman) had this to say: “I wouldn’t call this a Superman sequel. This is Batman v Superman, so it is a separate entity all together. It’s introducing the Batman character and expanding upon the universe, which was kicked off by Man of Steel.” Cavill’s earlier remarks during Cinema Con 2015 certainly elaborate on the Warner Bros. official plot synopsis, hopefully satisfying wary fans that may feel their favorite DC icons may be left to the wayside.
However, the official plot synopsis does not make any mention of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) or Aquaman (Jason Momoa). While it has been said that Momoa will have a small appearance in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s believed that Wonder Woman will play a more central part. Whether she’s a major fixture in it, akin to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts (Iron Man 1,2,3) or has a humble introduction such as Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in Iron Man 2 remains to be seen. We have had our first look at Gadot in costume; the first image was released during San Diego Comic Con 2014. Since then, we’ve seen additional looks at her, most notably during this week’s Licensing Expo 2015. [See “A WONDERful Look at Wonder Woman.”] It’s nearly a guarantee that more news/pictures will release during July’s San Diego Comic Con, especially with Marvel sitting out.
I’d also like to point out that the plot synopsis doesn’t make any mention of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, but does say “a new threat quickly arises.” At first, one could think the new threat could possibly add weight to the speculation of Scoot McNairy of Halt and Catch Fire‘s unspecified character (most think he’ll be John Corben a.k.a. Metallo or Jimmy Olsen), but it seems unlikely as this “threat” puts “mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.” I don’t believe Metallo is a villain who can pose that great of a problem, I’d equate his presence to probably being along the lines of Alfred Molina’s turn as Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2.
The only other possibilities I could think of would be the long rumored Doomsday, Brainiac as he was teased in 2013’s “Man of Steel”, and/or Darkseid. Now this is a long shot, but has anyone thought that the threat against mankind that will unite Batman and Superman could be Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam? It’s highly unlikely, but as long as Johnson has hinted that we’ll see Black Adam earlier than the planned 2019 release, it’s worth throwing that out there. Whoever the threat turns out to be, we don’t have too much longer to wait as “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens in 9 months.
With all that said, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is rightfully one of 2016’s most anticipated of films, alongside David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. While Man of Steel had mixed reactions, as a Superman fan myself, I feel it was a great idea to use him as the catalyst for what begins the DC Cinematic Universe. In much of the same way that Superman was the first comic book super-hero, giving rise to the rest of the heroes that would one day make up the Justice League, it only feels right that through his story in the 2013 solo film we now establish Batman. It seems perfectly clear in the plot synopsis and trailer that the alien invasion in Man of Steel has changed the world’s perspective on heroes. It’s only natural for the story to progress into a more political and world based adventure as the first film was more of a science-fiction story of first-contact.