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First Official Image Of Henry Cavill In 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice'

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by Edward Davis
July 3, 2014 7:29 AM
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Henry Cavill In 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice'

Comic-Con is just a few short weeks away so expect a blitz of marketing from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (God, I still can’t get over how bad of a name that is). Frankly, I was expecting an Entertainment Weekly cover (though that might still be in the works), but instead, since we’ve already had a first look of Ben Affleck in costume as Batman, USA Today had unveiled the first official look at Henry Cavill as Superman (spoiler, he looks a lot like he did in “Man Of Steel”).

As you’d probably expect, since it is a Zack Snyder film after all, the photo of Superman this time is dark, gloomy and gritty; the brooding hero standing in the rain at night (maybe like an old Aerosmith video from the ‘90s) probably with a lot on his mind, wrestling with demons or concerned with what to do with this Batman character (one that Snyder confirms will be road-weary: "it's cooler to see a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys"). I'll assume he's in Gotham where it rains and is overcast 24/7.

Snyder tells the publication that the new movie is "thicker, denser and more epic than 'Man of Steel'." And of course, it will feature Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and other characters who will go on to join the “Justice League” movie that Snyder will direct for 2017 (possibly with Jason Momoa playing Aquaman). Most of the “Man Of Steel” cast returns, including Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne, while among the new additions is Jessie Eisenberg as a young Lex Luthor.

Snyder says he was in no hurry to add Batman to the movie and at first thought he was simply making a “Man Of Steel” sequel. "I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie," Snyder explained, "but on the other hand it seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in." Stressing that it’s not necessarily a face-off movie between the two characters, Snyder said note the “v.” in the title of the film rather than “vs.” OK, sure.

It’s not like I’m basing my entire opinion of this movie on two photos, but I will say it’s slightly irksome to see both photos so dark and humorless. I certainly wouldn’t want a light and goofy movie a la Marvel, but man, Snyder seems to take these things soooo seriously. So did Christopher Nolan too, but obviously he’s a much more sophisticated and nuanced filmmaker and those movies were beyond just Dark And Grim 101. "You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it's Batman and Superman, let's just be honest," Snyder said "I don't know how you get bigger than that."

Does that just mean every movie is bigger and bigger and more epic and loud, etc? “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”—still plenty of time to change that name guys!—is due in theaters May 6, 2016, though, since it shares a date with “Captain America 3," one of them will likely move. Full first look photo below. Someone get that hero an umbrella.

Henry Cavill In 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice'
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9 Comments

  • j | July 4, 2014 11:06 PMReply

    for the last freaking time BATMAN IS NOT A SUPERHEROO!!!!! christ nolan was in his element when he made batman .Batman has a human element too it he got lucky that's all he' can't handle stories like superman because you can't treat superman like he's a real person because he's not .He's all fiction is used to doing character driven stories batman has a foot in reality so it was enough to where nolan could still shine . Nolan would fail miserably if it was say someone like superman or wonder woman or the hulk someone who is complete fantasy to where there isn't so much as a inch of reality in their story .Look at Ang lee he ruined the first hulk movie .The man has no imagination everything has to be like real people they don't know how to tend to the make believe world but they are too practical

  • H | July 6, 2014 7:53 AM

    have u even seen inception !!

  • Prathmesh Tiwari | July 4, 2014 5:20 AMReply

    D.C. > Marvel

  • zryson | July 4, 2014 3:17 AMReply

    So Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice is "thicker, denser and more epic than Man of Steel" according to director Zack Snyder. Considering how messy, and problem fraught Man of Steel was, that isn't so hard to believe. Here's hoping the script makes more sense in Dawn of Justice.

  • Shash | July 4, 2014 2:46 AMReply

    Come on will you.... MOS was very well made. It was written by Nolan & Goyer, and so the similarities from the Dark Knight Trilogy, but hey, it was Zack's take on MOS not Nolan's. Zack delivered rite, compared to Marc Webb's AS2, this was far better.
    By far MOS was a bridge betweeen Nolan's dramatic take and the conventional superhero movies. Zack delivered on both levels, give him credit for that

  • Rob | July 3, 2014 8:56 AMReply

    And so begins the slow, humiliating death of DC Comics...

  • I Prefer Like Actual Films | July 3, 2014 7:58 AMReply

    Christopher Nolan IS a "much more sophisticated and nuanced filmmaker"... when he's not making Batman movies. All 3 of them are equally absurd, with The Dark Knight only getting away with it because of an electrifying performance by Heath Ledger, that feature little-to-no humour and are waaaaay too melodramatic, gloomy and dark - TDKR is particularly silly and O.T.T, which is funny considering how strange and campy Batman Begins was to start with...

    I loved Man of Steel, genuinely regard it as one of the best superhero films because it manages to create a character, not a facsimile of one based from the comics, which I think a lot of other superhero pictures have failed to do (particular the Marvel ones.) Couldn't be more excited by a superhero film if I tried, though I'm still not trying a huge amount - I prefer like actual films.

  • pugwash | July 3, 2014 9:17 AM

    Sorry Zack Synder is not fit to polish Nolan's shoes...Man of Steel was a pathetic and transparent attempt to ape Nolan's approach to Batman. MoS was a pompous, over stylised, heavy handed (with the cheesy religious iconography) bore...

  • Billy Joel | July 3, 2014 9:10 AM

    I completely disagree, mate.

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