Those who are not very familiar with the lore of Batman might be questioning why him and Superman fight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. For those who are, you would know that considering the movie is partially inspired by Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, it makes why they would head that direction. After all, their showdown happens to be one of the most memorable moments between the two characters ever.
As we saw in the footage from the film at Comic-Con, they’re obviously angry at each other over something. But knowing that it won’t be direct adaptation of Miller’s graphic novel, meaning that it won’t be the same Superman nor the same overall storyline, there’s still some question as to why the two face off.
Badass Digest recently revealed that, and as it turns out, it’s not anything like fans would have expected. In fact, it might be Superman who has the upper hand in this one:
In Batman v Superman Superman is no lackey of the government; if anything many of the world’s governments distrust the guy. But it is Superman who goes to Gotham and starts the confrontation… at the behest of Lex Luthor. And unlike The Dark Knight Returns, Superman comes out swinging, pulverizing the Batmobile with one punch. Why would Superman do Lex Luthor’s bidding? What is Lex hoping to accomplish? That would be spoiling. But know that when the fight is over, Batman will be able to point to Superman and say, “He started it!”
In the classic storyline, it’s Batman who starts the fight after Superman is basically hired by the government to stop him. And, surprisingly enough, it’s Batman who ends up winning, with a little bit of help from Kryptonite, of course. But it looks like director Zack Snyder is intending to put a new twist on the iconic sequence, and perhaps make it a little more realistic than the comic. Hopefully this doesn’t mean we won’t get to hear Ben Affleck utter Batman’s iconic speech once he has Superman pinned, but I’m also excited to see what kind of changes Snyder brings to it.
Surprisingly enough, this probably won’t be the climax of the film. All rumors have pointed to them taking on Doomsday in the end, although considering we haven’t heard anything except for rumors and speculation, I now find that a bit hard to believe. The most logical place for this particular scene would be the middle, after tensions rise between the two but before they have to unite to fight together for the greater good. That’s just speculation on my part, but it also makes the most sense.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25, 2016.