Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is almost in theaters, and the promotional machine has hit light speed. Everywhere you look, the ominous logos of its two iconic superheroes are everywhere, crowding billboards and buses, breakfast cereal boxes and toy isles. So why should the comic book store be any different. This is where these titans originated. So of course it makes sense that DC Comics is using the movie to sell its most recent line-up of monthly adventures.
Both the Dark Knight and The Man of Steel will be gracing the covers of quite a few DC Comics titles thourghout the month of March. And we have a look at two of those variant covers here, which show Bruce Wayne and Kal-El locked in deadly battle. Artists Stephen Platt and Massimo Carnevale are responsible for these specially-polybagged upcoming issues of Grayson and Wonder Woman.
ComicBookResources has the full list of upcoming comic book issues that will feature their own variant covers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The artists are also listed: 3/2: Detective Comics #50 (variant by Rafael Grampa). 3/9: Action Comics #50 (variant by Martin Ansin). 3/9: Batman/Superman #30 (variant by Kevin Maguire). 3/16: Robin Son of Batman #10 (variant by Ryan Ottley). 3/16: Superman #50 (variant by Kaare Andrews). 3/23: Batman #50 (variant by Chris Daughtry and Jim Lee). 3/23: Grayson #18 (variant by Stephen Platt). 3/23: Superman/Wonder Woman #27 (variant by Charlie Adlard). 3/23: Wonder Woman #50 (variant by Massimo Carnevale). 3/30: Batgirl #50 (variant by Kevin Nowlan).
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has come under a lot of fan fire lately. Some entertainment blogs have reported that the movie is in trouble. With a ballooning budget of over $400 million, which includes promotional costs, Warner Bros. is said to be very nervous. Test screenings have not resulted in praise so much as confusion. It was speculated that the movie, if it tanks at the box office, could delay or even completely derail plans for the upcoming Justice League. But last week, DC and Warner Bros. confirmed that the movie, to be directed by Zack Snyder, is shooting this April. The director even later tweeted out a photo from the set, standing alongside Aquaman star Jason Momoa.
Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world. While for many he is still an emblem of hope, a growing number of people consider him a threat to humanity, seeking justice for the chaos he has brought to Earth. As far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, Superman is clearly a danger to society. He fears for the future of the world with such a reckless power left ungoverned, and so he dons his mask and cape to right Superman's wrongs. The rivalry between them is furious, fueled by bitterness and vengeance, and nothing can dissuade them from waging this war. However, a dark new threat arises in the form of a third man: one who has a power greater than either of them to endanger the world and cause total destruction.
From director Zack Snyder comes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters' first big-screen pairing. The film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (American Hustle) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got to Do with It) as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (The Piano) as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Zack Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice launches Warner Bros. new DC Comics slate of movies over the next several years. Next up will be Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016), followed by Wonder Woman (June 23, 2017), Justice League Part 1 (November 17, 2017), The Flash (March 23, 2018), Aquaman (July 27, 2018), Shazam! (April 5, 2019), Justice League Part 2 (June 14, 2019), Cyborg (April 3, 2020) and Green Lantern Corps. (June 19, 2020). Take a look at the first DC Comics variant covers below.