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(WARNING: The following contains some mild plot SPOILERS for 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you haven't yet seen the film, then proceed with whatever level of caution your ever-loyal childhood butler suggests to you is wise.)

Now, while ' may have hit theaters to cripplingly negative reviews and a surprising amount of fan hatred for a movie featuring three iconic comic book heroes, it remains to be seen how posterity will view the film. After all, depending on how the as a whole plays out, there's always the chance that we'll look back at the determinedly grim and serious BVS as a necessary opening salvo for a franchise that felt the need to differentiate itself from its most obvious competition, the MCU.

Certain key scenes play into that particular potential narrative better than others of course, with the much-discussed "Knightmare" sequence being especially well-suited to world-building-related discussion. As it turns out, though:

The 'Batman V Superman' Knightmare Sequence Was Originally Very Different, It Seems

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

That, at least, is what storyboard artist and director Jay Oliva recently suggested during an appearance on the Shanlian on Batman podcast. In it, Oliva — perhaps best known to fans for recently directing — revealed that not only did he work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's "Knightmare" sequence, but that it changed substantially after his spell of involvement. As he put it:

"I did the Knightmare sequence with future Batman, I did that. Although, it was great because, you know... I just watched it again the other day and that last shot where it’s just one long continuous take where Batman is fighting and he eventually gets taken down, that was something that I had talked to Zack about, about like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if it was like a 'Children of Men'-style like one-shot through it all?'... What’s funny is that was a late addition, I think Zack added that after I had done it, because originally it was just supposed to be the Superman kind of bad guys and then Batman was just to get taken over... So, I was as surprised as you guys that the Parademons were in it, but I knew where they were going to lead to."

In other words? If the next few years (or decades) do indeed lead to a fundamental critical reappraisal of Batman v Superman, there's a pretty solid chance that we can look to a very small window in which that creative groundwork arose.

Or, y'know, the vast majority of us might still wind up hating the movie, and this'll all be entirely redundant. Either way.

What do you think, though? Do you think we're going to collectively look back fondly on Batman v Superman? Let us know below!

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

(Sources: Shanlian on Batman,


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