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Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Batman to the big screen after Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy ended. Bruce Wayne's involvement in the story is a big part of why [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) is so eagerly anticipated, but Zack Snyder wants fans to know this version of the character is very different to what came before. Ben Affleck definitely has a distinctive take on the character, and he's not going to play nice with Superman...

But with this new promo image, we have to question whether there's actually more of a connection between Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and Dawn Of Justice than we had originally expected.

Batman Broods...

In the run up to the film's release, Warner Brothers has unleashed a flurry of TV spots, quirky merchandise, and promo images. The newest poster features Bruce Wayne in the wreckage of Wayne Enterprises...

This is presumably set right after the cataclysmic events of Man of Steel. Much of Gotham was destroyed when Superman fought Zod, and Bruce Wayne's grief and anger over this tragedy forms the basis of his vendetta against Superman.

"He has the power to wipe out the entire human race. I have to destroy him."

The image of Bruce Wayne mourning the loss of loved ones amidst the ruins of what he built is poignant, and it's actually something we've seen before... remember this moment in The Dark Knight?

Batman mourns the loss of Rachel.
Batman mourns the loss of Rachel.

In this scene, Batman mourns the loss of his love interest, Rachel, after a brutal attack on Wayne Enterprises. Did the Dawn Of Justice marketing team have this moment from Nolan's film in mind when they put together the new poster? It's entirely possible they intended it as an homage, and fans of this theory might take these similarities as evidence that Batman v Superman and The Dark Knight are set in the same universe.

This Is A Very Different Batman

But aside from a cheeky nod to Nolan's trilogy, it seems unlikely that Zack Snyder is teasing a connection to The Dark Knight, as he has his sights set on a new mythology.

DC's new Justice League
DC's new Justice League

Snyder does respect his predecessor: Empire recently reported that Snyder actually asked Christopher Nolan's permission before he made Batman v Superman!

“You tell me if you don’t want me to do it,” Snyder told Nolan. After a silence, Nolan said, “Well, we don’t own these characters. When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them].”
Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan collaborated.
Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan collaborated.

Nolan's right: these characters are DC's and for every interpretation that exists there are tons more to counter it. But he can rest assured that his version of Batman is still one of the most iconic and best loved of all the adaptations.

As for a connection between the universes, it seems the two versions of Bruce Wayne are similar only in the fact that they carry the same name... and enjoy standing around in the rain looking at the Bat Signal.

Brooding in the rain: an art perfected by Batman.
Brooding in the rain: an art perfected by Batman.

So what do you think about these promo posters: are the Batman v Superman team intentionally mirroring Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!


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