Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is only 80 days away. Despite three trailers and an onslaught of merchandise now hitting store shelves, thanks to VUE cinemas in the UK, we now have a brand new synopsis for the March 25th film.
“Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world. While for many he is still an emblem of hope, a growing number of people consider him a threat to humanity, seeking justice for the chaos he has brought to Earth.
As far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, Superman is clearly a danger to society. He fears for the future of the world with such a reckless power left ungoverned, and so he dons his mask and cape to right Superman’s wrongs. The rivalry between them is furious, fueled by bitterness and vengeance, and nothing can dissuade them from waging this war. However, a dark new threat arises in the form of a third man: one who has a power greater than either of them to endanger the world and cause total destruction.
The superhero stand-off that the world has been waiting for is finally arriving in cinemas, with an all-star cast bringing to life the characters we all love. Zack Snyder (300) returns as director following the huge success of 2013’s Man of Steel, along with Henry Cavill (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) in the role of Superman. Also starring Ben Affleck (Gone Girl) as Batman, Amy Adams (American Hustle) as Lois Lane, and Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 7) as Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an explosive, action-packed blockbuster that is sure to thrill DC fans everywhere.”
If you’re as excited for the Zack Snyder follow up to 2013’s Man of Steel, there’s a great deal of information to take in with the latest plot synopsis. While it doesn’t necessarily reveal anything that enthusiastic fans and supporters don’t already know, it is a little more specific than the vague synopsis that was previously released.
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.
After three trailers, a San Diego Comic Con panel, and numerous interviews across media platforms (online and print) we know that Batman v Superman is equal parts a “superhero stand-off” and the proper start to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
I. Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world.
II. He fears for the future of the world with such a reckless power left ungoverned, and so he dons his mask and cape to right Superman’s wrongs.
III. The rivalry between them is furious, fueled by bitterness and vengeance.
IV. Nothing can dissuade them from waging this war.
Again, while there is not too much revealed within the new plot synopsis, it does illuminate a few ideas fans have had for a while. Eager Superman enthusiasts, worried that the Man of Steel would be getting short changed in the first follow up to his solo film, should be pleased to see that the 2013 film is serving heavily as “The Hobbit” of sorts to Batman v Superman and the DCEU’s films, seen here as the “Lord of the Rings Trilogy.” It’s very clear that the Battle of Metropolis or “Black Zero Event” as it’s now referred is being addressed throughout Batman v Superman, especially in regards to how Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), and the world have responded to the alien invasion and destruction of Metropolis.
Using the “Black Zero Event” and end battle of Man of Steel as a prologue to Batman v Superman is an effective way to connect the 2013 film to this one, and remind people that this is all part of the DCEU, DC’s response to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). I like the idea of presenting Bruce Wayne more akin to the Frank Miller interpretation in the widely acclaimed classic “The Dark Knight Returns.” Seeing as how Man of Steel is the catalyst for the DCEU, it feels as if the most natural and organic way to present Batman is as a more world weary, battle born vigilante in his mid 40’s. Adding to Bruce Wayne’s fears of Superman and of the greater alien threat, it should be fun watching Twilight Zone-ish nightmare scenes play out throughout the film as it leads to the battle between The Dark Knight and The Last Son of Krypton.
“Nothing can dissuade them from waging this war.” It’ll be an interesting approach and certainly a more thoughtful one than let’s say Freddy vs. Jason and Aliens vs. Predator as we see Alfred (Jeremy Irons), Martha Kent (Diane Lane), and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) attempt to bring reason and peace to both men at war. We’ve seen Alfred attempt to get through to Bruce’s more obsessive and rage filled mission – “He is not our enemy.” However, we do know that the one person to unite both Batman and Superman is none other than Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).
She plays a super-important part. In a lot of ways, she’s the gateway drug to the rest of the Justice League. – Zack Snyder to EW.
While many fans are excited for Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman; see our Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman and Batman v Superman: The Social Discussion to learn of just how happy fans are for her inclusion, the most widely debated aspect of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice since casting has been just who is the villain? Is it Lex Luthor? Mercy Graves (Tao Okamoto)? Sen. Finch (Holly Hunter)? Maybe Callan Mulvey or Scoot McNairy’s unnamed but widely spoken of unnamed characters? Based on the last trailer released it would seem as if all signs point to Doom… Doomsday! However, it may all just be a red herring and possibly there is an even greater third act villain. “A dark new threat arises in the form of a third man.” This is one that will certainly drive fans wild in the coming weeks. While initially it would seem as if it’s Lex Luthor, he doesn’t seem like this “dark new threat” that “could put mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.” Especially with Batman v Superman being seen as a follow up to Man of Steel and with that concluding with the razing of Metropolis, it’s hard to imagine Lex could pose an even greater challenge than General Zod (Michael Shannon). Perhaps it is just Lex and Doomsday. I don’t mind if it is. But there sure must be one powerful threat to unite Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, and… and… together to stop it.
80 days and counting. We don’t have much longer to wait for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. What are you most excited to see? Do you have any thoughts about the latest plot synopsis? Any fan theories? We’d love to hear them so feel free to comment below.