Greetings my Bat children. By now, most of you have seen the leaked footage of upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” In a word, it is epic. What follows will be a description of what was screened, mainly for those who haven’t had a chance, and may not have the chance again until the footage is released by Warner Bros. studios. Which it has not, yet.
Beware, again, SPOILERS AHEAD!
The clip opens up with what appears to be, based on the not HD quality version I viewed, a very similar version of the Bat armored suit from Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” With those glowing white eyes, and that big, bulky armor, Batman appears to flip a rather heavy switch. He then points the large floodlight, bearing the Frank Miller Batman emblem. He points it up into the storming sky. As the lightning flashes, we see the outline of a caped figure hovering there in the clouds.
The screen darkens, and we see only Superman’s glowing red eyes. This transitions into the red of the Superman emblem as the Batman emblem appears behind it. Cue credits.
Wow. I’ve been speculating about this amongst my own small council of fellow Bat-people, and my own suspicions seem to be somewhat validated. Based upon the reveal of Ben Affleck in his current Bat-suit, uploaded by director Zack Snyder personally, I have come to believe that much of the plot is a combination of things. The main plot ingredient in this script, again I and no one else is endorsing this (so don’t take my word as fact), seems to be from Part Four of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” The main elements of the costume that hint at this are the shorter ears, the large emblem that clearly resembles the same from TDKR. Even the rumors of a possible blue and grey outfit. That was also in TDKR. So, clearly, unless I’m intellectually impaired, it is my belief that we are getting Frank Miller’s grizzled, older, veteran Batman.
If this is so, then I would like to say that I have been in support of Mr. Affleck from Day One. He’s been Daredevil, and he only had Frank Miller’s idea of that character in mind when he took on the role. He regrets that film only because of the negative feedback it has garnered in the public’s mind of his ability to portray the Dark Knight. To Ben I say this, “You were the bomb in ‘Phantoms,’ yo.” (Bonus points to those who know this reference.)
To conclude, I know that there has been doubt about this project, but by and large this teaser confirms something; Zack Snyder wants to give us a really amazing film. The actors want this to be an amazing film. The fans want this to be an amazing film. This IS going to be an amazing film. It will be dark, full of conflict, and it will be nothing that we have ever experienced before. To be honest, I definitely believe that the two of them will throw down at least once in the film. Let us know, Bat-children, that we have probably one of the greatest DC films ahead of us. Stay tuned. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.
Posted by Chris Gering