Today we got our first look at Henry Cavill decked out in his Superman duds for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie directed by Zack Snyder.

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In an interview with USA Today, Snyder went into detail about why Batman ended up in the Man of Steel sequel.

It ultimately made sense with Dawn of Justice to add Bruce Wayne and his cowled alter ego to the mix. Because of Christopher Nolan’s recent Dark Knight trilogy, “I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie,” Snyder says, “but on the other hand it seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in.”

Instead of using several movies to define Affleck’s Batman, Snyder felt the character’s 75-year mythology is so deep in culture now that they can just jump to an older, road-weary take on the Dark Knight. Plus, he says, “it’s cooler to see a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys.”

A crusty Batman sounds good to me, and though it may be hard to make out some of the details in the image, Cavill’s Superman looks much older than the young upstart we saw in Man of Steel, almost as though there is a touch of gray at the temples.

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Stephen Schleicher

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7 Comments

  1. July 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    I truly hate the “vs’ part.

  2. Kirby
    July 3, 2014 at 3:57 pm — Reply

    I kind of hate that we live in a world where our first shot of Superman for a movie has to be him looking solemn in the rain. Forbid we have a shining happy Superman, where he and Batman are truly the “World’s Finest.”

    • Doctor Dinosaur
      July 3, 2014 at 11:46 pm — Reply

      To be fair I think the “gag” here is that he is in Gotham. The Batman poster may very well feature Batman standing in shiny, futuristic Metropolis.. Very Futuristic Metropolis, for some reason all the buildings are new.

      • Kirby
        July 4, 2014 at 7:52 am — Reply

        If that’s the case I’ll be better about it.

        • July 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm — Reply

          I doubt that’s the case, though, Kirby. The solemn image fits too well with the grimmer outlook of MAN OF STEEL.

  3. July 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm — Reply

    It felt “organic” to include Batman in what is only the second episode of Man of Steel? It feels to me more like Snyder’s run out of ideas for what to do with Superman, and of course a good dose of we-have-to-catch-up-to-Marvel-and-AVENGERS. As long as DC’s movies keep it dark they’ll never catch up, because they don’t get the sense of fun and wonder that makes a comic book movie enjoyable. I don’t want to be completely negative: have hopes for the Flash tv series; it does add the murder of Barry’s mother by Professor Zoom to his backstory, but the rest of the trailers look like they do capture the spirit of superheroics.

  4. Oldcomicfan
    July 22, 2014 at 4:01 am — Reply

    Say what you will about the darker, grittier Man of Steel, I doubt very many people would go to see a bright, happy, plastic Superman movie. That ship has already sailed. Far too many times. Need I remind you of Superman – The Quest for Peace? Ugh.

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