With Avengers: Age of Ultron already in theaters, comic-book aficionados’ eyes are turning even more completely to next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the second installment in Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ cinematic universe. And though the film is still so far off that any actual footage has been sparse, promo art is in steady supply. Last night, superhero scoopster Umberto Gonzalez, settling into his solo site Heroic Hollywood, unveiled two new pieces of concept art, depicting the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel actually duking it out.
The pieces are enjoyable on artistic grounds alone, but more savvy comic-book fans may also notice that both shots evoke iconic pieces by David Finch and Jim Lee. Of course, they’ve been slightly tweaked to show Batman’s armor and the cinematic Superman logo, but the inspiration is still clear.
One slightly troubling thing about Batman V Superman for me is simple confusion about how the pair could ever have a fair fight. Henry Cavill’s Superman was shown to be immensely powerful in Man of Steel, and if he’s really strangling Batman (Ben Affleck) in the movie, shouldn’t the Dark Knight’s neck already be broken? Ditto for how Batman can pack a big-enough punch to send the Man of Steel reeling backwards.
All will be answered (hopefully) when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives March 25, 2016. The jumbo-sized pic will attempt to stuff a whole lot of heroes into its runtime, with Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Ezra Miller (The Flash) all expected to show up along with Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Scoot McNairy (???) and Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth).
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