It's been a fairly busy day for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice news, with plot details coming from the director and cast that reveal one very big connection between the superhero epic and the super villain adventure Suicide Squad. It seems Batman put all those bad guys away in prison. Earlier this morning, we also got 8 new photos from the Man of Steel follow-up. Empire has released yet another photo, this one featuring Bruce Wayne standing alone in his Batcave, staring at his Batsuit, ready to suit up for the title bout against Kal-El before he faces off against Lex Luthor.
This is a fairly familiar look at Ben Affleck's millionaire and his crime fighting costume. But it's still neat to see it from this angle. While the look and feel doesn't deviate too far from what we saw in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, it is a bit damper. It's slightly darker. Wayne's Batcave looks to have fallen on hard times. He lives alone with his Butler Alfred, and from what we've seen of Wayne Manor, they've let it fall into disarray. Which hints at a very depressed superhero. One that cheers himself up with a Kryptonite-laced mech-suit.
Speaking with Empire, Zack Snyder is adamant about calling Batman Superman's co-star. He shouldn't be a force that overshadows Krypton's first son. While Zack Snyder could have done anything in the DC world after finishing Man of Steel, including a standalone Batman movie, he felt it was more important to stay focused on Kal-El. And in setting up Justice League Part 1, a solo movie for Bruce Wayne seemed too redundant, with Christopher Nolan's movies still too fresh in people's minds. The director explains.
"If it was a Batman movie it would be a much more difficult proposition because of how good Chris' movies are. We live in gratitude to those movies. Chris set a tone for the DC Universe, and separated us from Marvel in a great way. We are the legacy of those movies."
Empire also spoke with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice production designer Patrick Tatopoulos. The man goes into great depth and detail in the magazine's cover story, highlighting the new Batmobile and how it came to be. It is very different from the Tumblr seen in Christopher Nolan's movies. He also hints at a link between the Batcave and the Justice League movies. In bringing the car to life, Patrick Tatopoulos had this to say.
"[Truly] an emotional process, it's about what feels right. I showed Zack and Zack said, 'Cool.' Sometimes it just clicks. These films are very grounded. There will be tons of CG, but also a lot of real stuff,especially with Batman. Of course, building a car from scratch is challenging. The car drives, jumps, pretty much does everything. We got the best people. He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he's driving a tank that is very sexy looking. Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car. There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not - boom! - coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged. Batmobiles are often designed very low to the ground, something classical. That didn't feel fully comfortable for us. I thought the Tumbler was a revolutionary design, with the suspension very high up. I wanted to combine the two vehicles. I wanted something of a motorcycle, too: big wheels, suspension, exhausts."
While the new Batwing was glimpsed in the teaser and trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, many suspect that it won't actually be in the movie. Patrick Tatopoulos put those rumors to rest, confirming that the vehicle will make an appearance at some point. He then went onto reveal how it, and the Batcave, play into what we'll see in 2017's Justice League.
"With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batwing. We are creating a world for Batman - every set, every prop, is real. We have to be ready for what's next."
What do you take away from all of this? Do you like what you see in terms of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's older, grungier, more fatigued Dark Knight? Do you like the new costume he's made for himself? And do you like what has been planned with the Batmobile and Batcave as production starts to ramp up on Justice League? Sound off below, and check out this latest sneak peek.