Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is set to provide us with not only a new version of the Caped Crusader, but also Superman. At the end of Man of Steel, Superman has left Metropolis in disarray, practically leveling the city and killing thousands. We knew the destruction of Metropolis would be pivotal to the narrative of Batman V Superman, but to what extent we were yet to find out. Speaking with DC All Access, director Zack Snyder explained of Superman:
"Over the last two years he’s basically been Superman as pop culture would know him. He’s been righting wrongs, there have been floods, mines have collapsed, bridges have collapsed, churches have caught on fire. He’s basically been a hero."
It's the aftermath of Superman's battle with Zod that sets the scene for Dawn Of Justice and the foundation for his feud with Ben Affleck's Batman. Snyder discussed how Superman will be the subject of a lot of scrutiny. Despite his best efforts, he'll be dealing with the pressure of a world that is not entirely sure how to deal with his power:
"When we find him, he’s been dealing with the everyday world of being a superhero, but there’s a paradigm shift happening in that the unintended consequences of some of those rescues are starting to come into fruition. He’s starting to see that every action has a reaction", Snyder continued. "Like, if you’re just taking a cat out of a tree, you can’t touch anything or the arborists will say, ‘He damaged the tree branch when he got the cat down.’ Or, ‘The cat wasn’t neutered, so now there’s thousands of cats.’ There’s no winning anymore for Superman."
It's this skepticism that Snyder hopes to portray, providing a realistic look at how the world would react to an alien with the ability to destroy the entire Earth, should he choose to.
From the trailers, we already know that this is the prime reason for Bruce Wayne's disdain for Superman. Speaking to Alfred, we've already seen him spell out his logic. If there is even a one-percent chance that Superman could turn on the human race and destroy them, that one percent is still too big a risk:
"It’s interesting to see how Batman perceives Superman, because he doesn’t know who Superman is. All he knows is the public face of Superman. And if you have an idea about someone or if you start to doubt someone’s intentions, you can always read in the media, you can always see the face that you want to see, based on how it’s reported.
"Batman’s seen the destruction of Metropolis. That’s the thing he knows for a fact. So if thousands die, is that okay? What next? Millions? Is everyone okay with that? Because I’m not. That’s Batman’s point of view."
Of course, we already know that this point of view from Batman will change. Something in the film will force the duo to come together, along with Wonder Woman, to fight the Lex Luthor-engineered Doomsday. What that pivotal moment is in the plot is yet to be foreseen. Many are already pointing toward Wonder Woman as having something to do with it.
We'll find out March 25.