This morning IMDb (International Movie Database) shared a set of five official photos from the upcoming Warner Bros./DC Comics film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film stars Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman with IMDb’s synopsis for the plot reading:
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.
Dawn of Justice also features a hefty amount of other big name DC heroes and villains including Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). The film is set to release on March 25, 2016 and is planned to set up the future of DC Comics films including a Justice League movie. Now for those aforementioned official photos.
The first image we see is of Batman and Superman facing off, up close and personal. I love this image as it’s the only one in which we see both characters together in what appears to be a heated moment. Batman is in an armored suit which I figure is used due to his lack of knowledge about the true capabilities of Superman. Given that Batman is always prepared for anything, I’m sure he took these measures with careful consideration. Plus, while Batman is indeed physically superior to most people, Superman has inhuman strength and power. It’s best to be cautious, as I’m sure Batman knows all too well.
In this image we see Superman being possibly praised by a large crowd of people. It’s also possible that they are begging him for something or even thanking him, it’s unclear though the motive seems to be passive and non-aggressive. Many of the people also appear to be in face paint resembling the Dia de los Muertos style, so maybe this is on that day or Halloween? Or it possibly has some sort of different context related directly to happenings in the films.
In this photo we see Batman standing next to the Spotlight bearing his symbol which we can assume is in Gotham city (unless we see one erected in Metropolis in this film, though I find that unlikely). He has his armored suit on so I suppose this is before or after the battle with Superman.
Here we see Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) at some sort of fancy social function. What I love most about this photo is that we see more implication that Diana will be a crucial part of this film, or at least play a bigger part than a simple cameo which is what a lot of fans have feared. Snyder recently stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that “[Wonder Woman/Diana Prince] plays a super-important part. In a lot of ways, she’s the gateway drug to the rest of the Justice League.”
This image is the most baffling to be, simply because I don’t understand the context having obviously not seen the film. This is Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor though he appears to be dressed rather strangely for the character and sports some long locks of hair. Luthor is typically depicted as being bald and wearing business suits, and we have seen photos of Eisenberg bald in the past, so is this a flashback to a younger time? Will this movie serve as more of an origin for Luthor in which he isn’t quite his typical self (as we see so often in the comics/other media)? I suppose we will have to watch the film to find out but I am rather excited to see where this goes.
Only these five images were released today, but they are all very exciting in their own ways. We have of course seen plenty of other photos for Dawn of Justice on the web including leaked set photos and character stills featured in magazines and on websites via official reports on the movie. These images, however, feature scenes from the film itself. They are more like screenshots than posed photos which makes them more intriguing.
I myself have become rather excited about this film, being a fan of DC Comics and particularly of Batman I am really looking forward to seeing Dawn of Justice. Since I enjoyed Man of Steel, the Superman aspect is also captivating though I’m mostly interested in seeing how this film will set up the future Justice League film. What are your thoughts on these new images or of Dawn of Justice itself? Be sure to share them in the comment section below.