Yesterday, the official plot synopsis for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit the Internet, where it continued to trend for hours. Before we go through it (and there’s a lot to go through), here it is for any of you who may not have read it yet:
For 59 words, there’s a ton to digest, beginning with the main reason that the two titular heroes meet. As the first teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revealed, Batman decides to pick a fight with Superman. Whether or not he actually throws the first punch isn’t clear yet, but it’s a good bet that it’ll be a fantastic spectacle to watch.
Batman v Superman
The synopsis claims that the two are “at war with one another.” Whether it’s an all-out brawl, or something more akin to a game of cat-and-mouse, it’s implied that it’ll take up the majority of the movie. For at least part of that time, we’ll probably see Batman using his intellect and resources to gather intelligence on the Kryptonian. This will be the first time that we’re getting the Batman from the comics who comes to every fight prepared. It also explains the Kryptonite-laced spear and battle-scarred armored batsuit.
It was evident after that first SDCC teaser that leaked all over the net last summer that Ben Affleck’s Batman isn’t screwing around. This is a man who will confront someone with nearly godlike powers with the intention of taking them down. One thing I’m expecting will be for the more experienced crime fighter to make Kal-El angry. Superman is powerful, but if Bruce can get him to make a mistake, he can beat him.
Nothing unites those in conflict like a common enemy. As if Lex Luthor isn’t bad enough, it is now evident that Heroic Hollywood Editor-in-Chief Umberto Gonzalez was spot on with his huge scoop about Doomsday being in Superman several weeks back.
If you’re at all familiar with Superman comics or animated features, then you know that Doomsday is unique among all of the villains in Superman’s rogue’s gallery. He’s the one that killed him.
No matter the origin story, Doomsday was created to fight, and to survive. That’s it. A killing machine personified. He’s larger, stronger, faster and more dangerous than almost anyone the Man of Steel has fought. And while Superman might be able to fight a creature like Doomsday to a standstill in this new DC movie universe, we’re not sure how much help Batman would be in a battle with him. Unless of course, that kryptonite spear isn’t just for Clark Kent!
They’re going to need some backup, and that’s where the Amazing Amazon and King of the Seven Seas come in.
Wonder Woman and Aquaman
Wonder Woman may not quite be as strong as Superman, but she has the advantage of being trained in extreme combat. And while Aquaman is not an alien or a god, he has as of late been portrayed as having extreme strength and resistance to injury. He’s also far more lethal than many of his Justice League contemporaries.
While it may seem like director Zack Snyder is just shoehorning in as many characters as possible for the hell of it, we have to remember what kind of universe he has been creating. With the exception of Superman, it’s assumed that all of the heroes and metahumans that we’re going to be introduced to have been operating on their own for quite some time.
When something as destructive as Doomsday comes around, everyone with the ability to do something about it will have a choice to make. Do they stand up and join others who can help, or do they sit back and let the world fall into darkness?
A Perfect Man of Steel Follow Up
Despite the fact that Henry Cavill has come out and said that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not a Man of Steel sequel, I’m going to go ahead and call shenanigans. Watch the first teaser trailer, read the synopsis, and you’ll see that this movie is solidly standing on the shoulders of Man of Steel.
The trailer shows a monument built in Clark’s honor, with “False God” spray-painted across it. The synopsis talks about a world wrestling to decide what kind of hero it really wants.
Underneath the action and beautiful visuals, we are going to get a movie that addresses statements made by both Jonathan Kent and Jor-El in Man of Steel.
On one hand, you have the worst fears of Clark’s pious human father coming to life, as people on television and in the streets reject his son. On the other, you have people who are willing to follow him, believing that he can save them, just as Jor-El predicted.
Who and what will be left standing when it’s all over is yet to be seen. Still, the way it looks now, it seems as though Snyder has taken the foundation created by Man of Steel, and used it to build an incredibly ambitious house for the rest of the new DC cinematic universe to live in.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25th, 2016, and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Lawrence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, and Diane Lane.