‘Batman V. Superman’: Allegory Video Takes A New Look At The Film


Fans of Zack Synder’s films know the director has a penchant for including visual references in his work. When you combine Snyder with Superman, a character who has long had narrative and visual parallels with religious figures and who is a symbol in his own right, it is not surprising that you would end up with a film loaded with metaphors and homages to other works. Now, Vimeo user V had put together a trailer comparing lines of dialogue and the composition of shots to previous works of various formats which frame the film as an allegory.

The video compares shots to previous films, including Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, it also notes how the composition of the frame and the position of actors in certain shots is reminiscent of classic art works such as Alfred Stevens’ “The Bath”. The comparison to religious stories and images is also noted, with the video citing moments such as the ‘Knightmare’ sequence as an allegory for the crucifixion.

Considering the number of references to gods and false idols featured in the film, it is not surprising to learn that there are several visual references to religious imagery in Batman v. Superman. However, fans may be surprised to see just how perfectly symmetrical many of these shots are to the imagery of previous films and artwork.

Check out the video below!

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.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD. A Limited Edition gift set is scheduled to be released on December 6, 2016.

Source: Comicbook.com

Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Montreal based Film Buff, Political Junkie, Comic Book Geek, and Board Game Enthusiast.

  • Napi

    That’s what I call ART

  • bingeit 45

    that was beautiful

  • DaLordzPrince

    That was amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed that video with the allegories.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Just another exercise in pseudo-intellectual masturbation masquerading as something deep and profound.

    • Napi

      Just like the MCU
      Hey Marquis! Why do you care sooo much about the DCEU insted your beloved MCU?

      • Justin Jules

        One thing that can’t you can’t deny Snyder in his films are the cool moments and cinematography. The story on the other hand…

        • Axxell

          It’s like he spends all his time looking for pseudo intellectual elements to throw into his movies, in the hope that people will confuse it as something deep, instead of developing something new or enjoyable.

          • Justin Jules

            The 1% being an absolute certainty in Bruce Wayne’s eyes springs to mind. Or Lex’s Daddy issues being more about Gods instead of his Dad.

            Instead of relying on Goyer to write the story, (remember this guy wrote and directed Blade 3!) Do an full adaptation of Dark Knight Returns. Snyder likes to do panel to screen shots. BvS had elements of but threw in WW and Doomsday for cool points. But ended up blowing their load too soon. It left Batman looking like… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f9351f268496b56dec2fd87923d0d38a51705786001ee367b37e54abad4873b4.jpg

  • trigger mike

    Stop polishing 💩

  • LupeX

    You cannot deny that DCEU fans love the properties, despite critics and some fanboy hate the films have powered to more success than the MCU (1st films against 1st 3) and their fans make rap songs, memes, videos, analyses, video essays.
    It’s something I havent seen in any other film fandom. Pretty special

  • LupeX

    Sebastian this is another one from another DCEU fan.

    • SAMURAI36

      Dude, what’s your Twitter handle?

      • LupeX

        it’s @theLupeXperienc
        C U there!


    Mark my words: time will pass, & people will grow a newfound appreciation for the DCEU. Meanwhile, people will look back on the Marvel movies, & start questioning what it was that they liked about them in the first place.

    • Axxell

      Hold your breath for that one…

    • LupeX

      It’s already happening. Iv been looking back on MCU films and I find that they have very low rewatchability factors. Man of them seem worse and worse the more you think about them.
      Dont get me started on the OK average Dr Strange

  • razorstar90

    You can put lipstick on a pig, put it in a Jovani dress, and throw some jimmy choos on it’s feet…..But it’s still a pig and it’s always going to be a pig.

    • Marquis DC Sade

      This is what I keep telling your mom when she begs me to take her shopping.

    • Napi

      Worst comparison ever

    • SAMURAI36

      Dumbest comment ever.

    • LupeX

      Hold this L

  • Darthmanwe

    I am honestly watching every single non-election video I can find to escape reality, and this one helped a lot.