ByJack Carr, writer at
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I don't know how it's happened – on the basis of the second trailer, it had no right to happen – but Batman vs Superman has become my second most anticipated superhero flick of 2016, right behind Suicide Squad.

Maybe it's my thirst for new Batman. Maybe it's because FOX decided to mould Apocalypse out of purple plastic. But watch the final trailer and try telling me this movie doesn't look like an absolute riot.

So the new companion books, Guide to the Caped Crusader and Guide to the Man of Steel, have me even more stoked for March 25th. Author Liz Marsham teases a bunch of things about the movie, what's canon, and how both of our heroes' powers have been developed or fine-tuned in Zack Snyder's movie.

One of the more interesting things we learn about Superman's powers is that his senses are further heightened: his X-ray vision is more advanced than ever before, with the ability to see through buildings, and his hearing is selective enough that he can pick out one voice from several miles away.

But hang on a second: if Superman can pick out any voice, doesn't that make it almost impossible for either Lex Luthor or Batman to scheme against him? The trailer and several TV spots feature a conversation between Batman and Alfred about the possible threat that Superman presents to humanity...

...and how Batman intends to deal with the Man of Steel.

So, unless Batman and Alfred communicate in note form from that point forwards, Clark should be able to eavesdrop, and the fact that he (presumably) doesn't seems to represent something of a plot hole.

Of course, this could be explained by the fact that, early in the movie, Clark is unaware that Bruce intends to remove the Superman threat, or by the possibility that Wayne Manor, or the place where Bruce and Alfred are conspiring, is out of range, i.e. hundreds of miles away from Metropolis...

But the idea that at no point in the movie does Superman's supersonic hearing skills give him an upper hand over the Caped Crusader seems highly unrealistic. Then again, perhaps the movie will acknowledge that, and Superman's already superior deck of cards – he could crush Batman in an instant – will be given yet another ace. Only time will tell.

The book reveals more background on Clark Kent: he's stuck doing fluff pieces like sports reporting and covering store openings (seriously, that's just embarrassing) because he's a junior at the city's "most distinguished" paper.

This incarnation of the Man of Steel also possesses "lightning reflexes" and a brain powered at the same speed as his physical speed, which explains how he's not always crashing into shit (unlike, say, The Flash, whose speed is not cognitive and by rights should be roadkill by now).

If you just can't wait for more juice on Batman vs Superman, you can buy the companion book on Amazon right now. The movie hits March 25th.


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