Warner Bros.' Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits the silver screen in a little over a year, and fans have been clamouring to uncover details about the plot, characters and overall story arc we'll be seeing in the film since its announced release a couple of months ago. It was even suggested that the film would be split into two parts, fuelling widespread debate and food for thought over what the producers were planning for this, quite literally, giant-killer of a movie. One thing is clear: we as the fans are itching to get our hands on just about any new detail about the film. So, what are the 4 things we HAVE to see happen in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice?
Exploring Superman's weaker side
Any showdown between Earth's two finest heroes would be over before it started if Superman were allowed to tap his full potential. To make the story interesting and relatable in the context of innate human weakness, it will be imperative for Superman's weaker side to be explored more deeply than it was in Man of Steel. DC Comics are doing this well in the New 52, with Superman acting more irrationally than he has previously and not being fully able to access his true potential because of this. Filmmakers could use Superman's weakness to relate to themes of innate human flaws and the concept that nobody is truly perfect. Physical weaknesses are one thing - a Kryptonite-infused Batsuit included - but we want to see the mentally weaker side of Clark Kent. Inhibitions about the morality of his presence on Earth and questioning how the situation on Earth has deteriorated due to his presence could be a start, but we need to see Superman hampered in ways not physically related for the film to truly do justice to the character.
Doing justice to the all-star ensemble of heroes and villains
As mentioned below, Dawn of Justice will contain at least 7 main-story characters, including the eponymous Batman and Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Alfred and Lex Luthor. With all of these characters to fit into one film which Warner Bros. will not want to last more than at the most two and a half hours, it will be a tough ask to explore all the characters as deeply as the fans will want. An even bigger problem is that some of these characters haven't seen the live-action silver screen for years - Lex Luthor's last movie appearance was in 2006; Aquaman has never been cast in a live-action film and Wonder Woman was last cast in 1991. Fans have been waiting for more than a decade in the cases of Aquaman and Wonder Woman, and will have waited a decade for a silver-screen Lex Luthor when the film is released in early 2016. Warner Bros. will need to consider their situation carefully - they have to make sure that they fully satisfy the fans' desire to see a realistic and deeply-detailed portrayal of all the heroes and villains they have been waiting for with adequate character development, while also maintaining a story that makes sense as a whole. It will be intriguing to see how they approach this problem.
A Focused, Linear Plot
With the announcement of what will inevitably be a film full of action came the announcement of a film full of, well, characters. With the confirmed inclusion of at least 7 main-story characters, it would be hard to find another film of similar stature giving as many characters screen time in one film. Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Alfred and Lex Luthor - a film with even half these many blockbuster names would find it difficult to fully sketch out a story arc doing justice to giving each character substantial time on screen. What Warner Bros. have done could prove to come back to haunt them later for several reasons. With as many big-name characters as the film has, filmmakers will be rushing to include all of them in the plot in a way that it still makes sense and is cogent. This could cause problems, as doing the justice required to all characters while also keeping the plot understandable and linear is a tough ask for any filmmaking team. If Dawn of Justice wants to keep a focused and linear plot, it might have to do so by letting go of some character development. It will be interesting to see what solution Warner Bros. come up with to this problem.
Using the characters creatively
We know there will eventually be a showdown between the world's finest, but how could the other characters play into the film? Lex Luthor will be the obvious antagonist to Superman, but the other characters do not seem to have any real allegiance going into the film. Aquaman, Cyborg and Wonder Woman seem to occupy the middle ground in the conflict between Batman and Superman, and it will be interesting to see how Dawn of Justice places them in the overall story arc. Could we perhaps see Wonder Woman initially taking Superman's side but their relationship fracturing midway through the film? Will we be seeing Cyborg take the side of Batman? Is it at all likely that these three characters will make rogue appearances, not aligned to either of Batman or Superman but simply using the chaos in Metropolis and Gotham to their own advantages? These are all questions that can be asked of how Warner Bros. will use the plethora of big-name characters they have in the supporting cast. As mentioned above, it is also important that these characters receive adequate development and screen time, with fans not having seen some for over a decade and clamouring for them to have interesting stories of their own. Filmmakers will need to come up with a way that the allegiance (or lack of allegiance) of these characters can somehow fit into the overall story arc, while giving them adequate development and keeping the story linear.
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