We’re starting to see a slow trickle of official images coming out of Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice production. First was a look at Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, now we’ve got the first official image of Superman.Let’s get right to it and take a look at Superman in all his glory.


Before we take a closer look let’s hear what director Zack Snyder thinks about this movie, Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck‘s Batman, and putting it all together.

Snyder on filming this movie:

It’s not an un-fun job, I will say that.

Discussing Superman’s character:

We’ve both created this guy and we can push him around a little bit. The more time I spend with Henry, the more he’s Superman to me.

About the relationship between Superman and Batman:

Suffice it to say there is a ‘v’ in between their names, to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way.

Putting the two biggest Superheros together for  the first time on the big screen:

It’s never really been done and it’s kinda cool. You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it’s Batman and Superman, let’s just be honest. I don’t know how you get bigger than that.

OK, that’s what Snyder thinks, but what do we think about this first image. At first glance the scene is dark and brooding. Notice that Superman is the only thing in this picture with any color. One can easily imagine that we are looking at Superman on that rooftop through Batman’s eyes.

Does that mean that Batman sees the world in black and white, or really more black and grey, with Superman being the only thing that stands out, bright and shiny like a new copper penny? I imagine that an older grittier Batman would look at that bright and shiny Superman with more than a little smug superiority. That Batman knows how tough and unforgiving the world is, he’ll view this new comer’s naivety as a liability, something that will, and has, gotten people hurt.

By now we all know we’re getting an older, grittier Ben Affleck Batman this time around, as if that is really any big change from the character we saw in Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy. Looking closer at Superman’s face in the picture the only emotion I see is annoyance. He doesn’t look really mad, or angry to me, just annoyed that he is having to do whatever he is about to do.

As the hard rain falls around him, Superman doesn’t look uncomfortable, he looks like he is waiting. Waiting for Batman to come out of the shadows. There certainly isn’t any look of respect or comradery in Superman’s face. Now I’m wondering if the two will even develop anything but a grudging respect for each other by the end of the movie. It is “The Dawn of Justice” after all.

When I look at the background with the smokestacks and older looking domed buildings, I lean towards this being Gotham. Mainly because Metropolis is always the shining city in the comics and movies. Sleeker, more modern than Gotham. That means that in this case, Superman has come looking for Batman, whether it’s for a chat, or something more serious is unclear. I imagine that if this little chat doesn’t go well, considering Superman’s face in the picture, that things will go south very quickly.

Is there anything else about this picture that I’m missing? I’d love to hear what you think about my musings in the comments section below.

One last thing. I find myself wondering that Superman is about to say in this picture. My gut reaction to that thought is:

You can come out of the shadows, I’ve got x-ray vision after all.


Let’s make this quick, I’ve got a deadline looming at the Daily Planet.


Do you have any tips on preventing your super suit from ridding up your butt during battle? Those super wedgies really hurt!

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Via: USA Today

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