Yes, we know there’s an argument to be made that the inevitable fight between the world’s greatest superhero and Superman is mostly fan service. But here’s the thing, I’ve waiting my whole life to see it done on the big screen and wild horses could not keep me away from it next summer.
However, in the meantime, we have to make do with what ever information we can gleam.
Well, Guillermo Grispo the fight choreographer on Zack Snyder’s 300, Sucker Punch, Man of Steel and now Batman V Superman, has been chatting about his role in the movie and what happens when comics’ two most iconic characters go head-to-head.
He starts of by saying how he almost worked on Nolan’s Batman movies and it fell through then adds: “Luckily, afterwards Zack brought Batman into this project, making it an origin of the Justice League. Which means being in charge of the entire franchise and all the sequels that will be Zack’s next projects.”
He makes it clear that, while he likes Superman, his real love is the Dark Knight himself then goes on about his job on the movie: “I prepared choreography for the stunt coordinator and second unit director, Damon Caro, who Zack has work with for years. I worked with them on 300, Sucker Punch and the first Superman Man of Steel, and in truth, those movies were my film school. To me, Zack is the biggest name in action films, and he is an expert, but at the same time he gives free reign for designing the fights and doing the editing.”
But what of the movie; well, he makes it clear Warners are very secretive then adds: “It’s no surprise if I say Batman and Superman come face-to-face in the movie. It’s one of the most important sequences and I was actively involved in the design of the fight: the exchange of punches and the physical movement were put together with my partner Ryan Watson.
“There’s a thought that Batman has no chance, that Superman will squash him like a bug. But when you see the movie, and how it all comes out, there’s a very intelligent explanation as to why they would have a firsthand confrontation though it seems to be totally to Batman’s disadvantage.”
But what about when it happens, what’s it like when the two ho toe-to-toe?
“Now Batman it’s going to fight the way I’ve always dreamed seeing him fight… he’s a character so prepared in martial arts that you can do a lot of things with him, but filmmakers usually don’t go all the way with it. Even in the last Nolan movies the action scenes aren’t very good from a technical, martial arts point of view to things like choreography, filming, bad camera movements…
“But hey, don’t get me wrong, Nolan is great, my hats off to him. He makes fascinating stories, but I think that he did not pay too much attention to the fights. Those are the kind of details that Zack, being so physical himself, loves preparing. I think there’s going to be a big difference when you see these Batman fights in comparison to the previous ones.”
It really sounds like something will even the playing field between Batman and Superman during the fight – perhaps Kryptonite? Or the power suit ala Frank Miller’s Dark Knight returns that we saw during SDCC? Either way, it sounds like Batman will hold nothing back when it comes to fighting the Man of Steel and all I can say to that is “Hell, yes!”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Zack Snyder is directing.
The cast includes Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman in the film, Ben Affleck is Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot is Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons is Alfred Pennyworth, Ray Fisher is Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Jason Momoa is Aquaman and rumored to appear. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will also reprise their roles in the sequel. Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto and Scoot McNairy have unknown roles.
It is scheduled to hit theaters in the US on March 25th, 2016.