At the end of last week, word began to get out that the opening sequence of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had leaked - and that it was remarkably similar to what a lot of fans had been hoping for.
Now, this could be a sign that DC and Warner Brothers are setting out to make as intensely a crowd-pleasing a film as they can - and actually listening to the fans. It could also, though, suggest that the rumored opening sequence was just that - a rumor. The original report from KDramastars is sufficiently un-substantiated that it's best taken with a substantial pinch of salt - and the internet was quick to point out that what it described was...surprisingly recognizable.
Take a look at KDramastars original report:
"The Batman vs Superman trailer starts with a dark screen with the voice over of General Zod's "you are not alone message" the screen slowly pans and it reveals that the scene is inside the Batcave. The camera slowly pans to a shot where you can only see the back of Batman but he is not yet wearing his cowl. Every monitor in the Batcave is playing Zod's video. After the message is complete, Batman wears his cowl turns to the camera and the trailer ends with the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice logo being revealed."
Which all sounds great, and very plausible.
RandomFilmsOnline mined a similar vein with this effort:
Both of which are distinctly similar to the opening sequence described by KDramastars.
The thing is - it's a great idea. It ties Batman into the world of Man of Steel fairly neatly (though explaining why Batman didn't turn up in Metropolis to help could be fun) and has the sort of visual punch that would make - if nothing else - for a terrific Comic-Con teaser. Is it impressive enough to be the opening sequence of one of the most eagerly-awaited films of our lifetimes, though?
Especially when that same fan art community has been producing some pretty incredible alternatives of their own... If the filmmakers do decide to base the film's opening on fan art, then why not base it on one of these?
The Big One:
Artist dDsign's poster design isn't just a great example of how the mood and tone of Christopher Nolan's Batman films could transfer to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It also offers a glimpse into the sort of epic, mind-blowing opening sequence that the film could lead off with, if it were so inclined.
Picture the reaction in packed movie theaters the world over when the film opens, not with half an hour of character development and background information, but with Bruce Wayne (as played by Ben Affleck), simply sitting in his office. He hears a noise at his window, and slowly walks over, looking at at the neon drenched skyline beyond. He turns away, and behind him, we see a figure, cloaked in shadow, rise up. Affleck turns around, and we see that the man is, in fact, Henry Cavill's Superman.
"You wanted to see me, Mr Wayne?"
We watch several tense seconds, as the two stare at one another. The camera lingers over the tension between them. Until, eventually, all of a sudden, we see a glint of green on the edge of Affleck's hand, and watch as he smashes open the window, pulling Cavill inside. He throws him to the floor, as we fade to black.
Cue titles, and a flashback to how they got to that point in the first place.
The Quiet One:
Artist fmirza95 offers up a very different possibility: Could we see a DC universe more like the one created over at Marvel Studios? One that goes beyond just costumed heroes punching one another, and into the reality that lies behind them. Let's say we open on a street in Metropolis - not to see Superman pound on a minor super-villain, but instead following an ordinary, regular guy as he heads to work. We watch as he walks past significant, Easter-egg-y posters of various types. We see him pause to see a statue of Superman being raised in Centennial Park. We never, though, see his face. Eventually, he leaves the shiny skyscrapers and clean-cut parks behind, and walks into the real Metropolis - the huge, desolate area destroyed at the close of Man of Steel. He walks into a phone booth, and begins to change.
Moments later, he emerges. One of the construction workers on the rebuilding project. An ordinary, regular hero, just heading to work.
Only then do we hear shouts, and the traditional calls of 'Is it a plane?', as a small red and blue streak races across the sky in the distance.
Too mundane for you? How about:
The 'Never Going to Happen, But How Awesome Would It Be' One:
If you don't recognize the origins of this one, created by DJPrinceNorway, then you're going to want to check out the brilliant, superhero-y video geekery of HowItShouldHaveEnded.com. One of their recurring motifs is ending every episode with Bats and Supes sharing a drink in a diner - with hilarious results.
Now, the odds of starting the movie with the two heroes in full costume, in public place, might just be too much to ask for. Clark Kent, though, on his first big interviewing gig - with Bruce Wayne? Throw in the fact that Wayne mysteriously requested the young journalist, for reasons that slowly become apparent, and you have some serious Hitchcock-ian tension, right from the get-go.
And then you can just revisit the scene, with the two of them as friends, in the post-credits tease. And watch as all of the hardcore Shawarma fans out their freak out completely...
[Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) is set to open May 6, 2016 - most likely without any of those opening sequences...
What do you guys think? What do you reckon we'll see happen in the film's opening sequence?