Hey guys, some of are eagerly waiting for the Empire's Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice issue to release tomorrow (Thursday) but it looks like subscribers got an early access to the magazine and now we all can see what's within this issue in all it's glory, the details revealed are mind blowing and worth a read so let's jump right into it.
Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, Gotham and Metropolis
First we are treated with the secret identities/alter ego's of Batman and Superman in their civilian persona and I gotta say Micheal Wilkinson (costume designer) is a genius, there is a clear Alex Ross (legendary DC comics artist and writer) inspiration here for costumes and that's a great thing, especially as it captures the essence of the characters in it's truest form.
When you take a look at Henry Cavill in this image below you will realize how amazingly he captures the awkwardness and clumsiness of Clark Kent with just his facial expression and body language in this one single image and this assures me that there will be a colossal difference between Clark Kent and Superman in terms of behavior and characterization that will make the dual identity aspect somewhat believable.
Secondly if you take a look at the background in this image that's the skyline of Gotham and Metropolis and it's extremely clear that Metropolis is filled with modern and sophisticated skyscrapers as we have seen in Man of Steel but Gotham on the other hand is filled with Victorian and Gothic architecture and that's a dream come true for Batman fans as Gotham city was always portrayed as a city with Gothic and Victorian architecture in the comic books and animated series, and that acts as a great juxtaposition for Gotham and Metropolis in a metaphorical way.
Now let's talk about where these two blokes live, it has been revealed that Clark Kent lives in an apartment with Lois Lane and their relationship has progressed further but this is where things get more interesting.......... Bruce Wayne lives in an extremely modern house which is titled The Glasshouse, it is a foot print minimum cottage by a lakeside within the Wayne Property, one would ask why isn't he living in his Wayne Mansion ? well if you are among those, let me tell you that in this universe Wayne Manor has been abandoned for years and it's in ruins, the exact reasons are unknown as of now but this is how Wayne Manor looks in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
The production designer (Patrick Tatopoulas) compared Bruce Wayne's glasshouse to Van Der Rohe's designs so for the comparisons sake here are some examples of Van Der Rohe's architecture.
Looks like Bruce Wayne is an environmentalist in this universe as well with a cool style statement.
Ben Affleck's Batman
This is where are get some juicy information, so let me explain it through points so it becomes easier.
- Bruce Wayne is 45 years old in this universe
- He has been Batman for 20 fucking years, that's two decades.
- There is a very expansive history to this version of Batman in this universe
- He has lost a Robin in this universe (nod to Jason Todd)
- Looks like Commissioner James Gordon is dead as well it's not clearly stated in the magazine but the way they phrase their words suggests that, for example take a look at this quote "This Bat Signal from Comm. Gordon's era" well it can mean two things either he's dead or he's retired from the offices of Police Commissioner.
- This version of Batman is old, broken and kinda fucked up and it also mirrors the previous claims that this Batman is tired, weary and a seasoned veteran.
- This version of Batman is still a vigilante and not an open super hero.
And yes this version of Batman is a fucking monster because it's been revealed that he was the person who locked up each and every single member from this image below.
Well the magazine reveals that Batman imprisoned the bad guys that dwell in the Belle Reeve prison who will ultimately make up Task Force X in Suicide Squad. Looks like this might be a huge connective tissue between Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
Juxtaposition of Batman and Superman
It has been revealed that Batman views Superman as his complete opposite and and Superman views Batman as his complete opposite coupled with a lot of misunderstanding and interesting character dynamics between these two titans.
To give you an idea here's the exact quote from Zack Snyder
We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: 'I've been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.' In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn't matter, He's having a crisis of conscience. 'Am I really just a vigilante who stalks the alleys of Gotham?
Looks like this is THE most interesting take on Batman considering his entire view point on the world is turned upside down and everything he was clinging on is now gone.
But here's the most interesting thing about this movie, Zack Snyder reveals that this movie is dependent on the audience POV, to be precise he says whoever the viewer is rooting for in the movie and especially in the Superman vs Batman clash is essentially the hero in their perspective and the other guy becomes the villain, looks like this is a very clever and intelligent writing that is more fluid in nature and adapts to viewers perception, WELL DONE ZACK SNYDER & CHRIS TERRIO !!!
New Age Lex Luthor
Yes Jesse Eisenberg is our new Lex Luthor and yes, he has a basketball court in the lobby of his LexCorp Office coupled with giant neon lights, now before you you haters jump the fence let me explain. This is a modern take on the character, this is a hipster, geeky, silicon valley .com and current 21st century billionaire version of Lex Luthor.
As a matter of fact, we never get to see his bedroom in the movie even when we see his home and the production designer explains that, "Everything is a facade. You have no access to what is inside Lex" saying this version of Luthor is one man to the world and another man to himself in private, part of a reason why he lives in a home which is old fashioned and Victorian era in nature while his office is modern and cutting edge in terms of fashion.
Differences between DC Extended Universe and Marvel Cinematic Universe
Well this is a sensitive topic, but let's just open up to it alright, producer Deborah Snyder said there's no intense and heated rivalry between them and all those rivalry are only existent in the imagination of the fans. And Zack Snyder continued by saying that DC Extended Universe is totally different right from the scratch when compared to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and explained that things are more darker and grounded in this universe when compared to Marvel's.
But I think the single biggest difference between these two franchises are the level of creative freedom given to director and his/her team, no offense but we know that Marvel Studios gets in the way of director and changes the movie to fit their formula/mold and has total control over the final product, which is pretty evident with the bold claims of Joss Whedon and Alan Taylor (Thor 2) nonetheless the committee driven approach has worked wonders for Marvel and it will continue to work wonders for them but it seems like DC is all about given complete creative freedom to it's film makers.
Zack Snyder said the following,
I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points
And co producer Charles Roven reflected in by saying,
We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On Suicide Squad, David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.
So with these two statements it is crystal clear that DCEU will be a film maker driven franchise, where these film makers gets to enjoy complete creative freedom under the watchful eyes of Zack Snyder, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Geoff Johns, Chris Terrio and Wesley Coller.
Location of the big Batman vs Superman fight!
Can you guess where where Superman is standing ? no ? well that's the Wayne Manor ! Yes the clash of these two titans takes place inside Wayne Manor, if you saw the IMAX extended teaser and the comic con trailer where Batman uses Superman as a landing pad right through the roof and compared those two shots with this image above, you will realize that it all looks identical and this magazine confirmed this backdrop to be Wayne Manor.
It also makes sense as to why Batman would lure Superman to Wayne Manor, given there's no public property and signs of lives for several miles and also there's nothing left with the now ruined and rotten Wayne Manor, additionally it also lets Batman to rig the battle arena with a variety of deterrents and traps to be used against Superman.
Whew that was a big ass article, and I thank you for taking the time in reading it, Empire's issue of Batman v Superman answers a lot of questions and it gave us the much needed insight where we can analyze and interpret the content given to us and I have tried my best with this article of mine.
I would conclude this article by saying the future for DC Extended Universe looks extremely bright and successful and Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice is going to shut every naysayer, but one things for sure Superman is super pissed,