In a story that surprised no one (since its existence has been rumored for over a year, with a lot of scenes of it actually being shown during the trailer for the film), Henry Cavill recently told Total Film about how exactly ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ will begin, a story point that will explain Batman’s motivation for getting into the epic duel with Superman that is the crux of the film.
According to Cavill, the film will open with a replay of the epic battle in Metropolis between Superman and Zod, only we will be seeing it from the point of view of Bruce Wayne, who sees laser vision striking one of his local buildings. He rushes to try to help anyone inside, and barely escapes as the building comes down, maiming or killing who knows how many. This causes Bruce Wayne to harbor an enormous amount of rage against the Man of Steel.
Cavill describes the scene as kind of a prologue (which explains why the producers were so willing to show a lot of it during the trailer), and it is clear they will not be spending too much time on this scene. It is mainly there to set up Batman’s motivation:
“What happens there is one of Bruce’s buildings gets destroyed and he’s trying to save all the people inside the building and he can’t. So he is this angry person who fears what Superman may do. Why are they just going to trust this super-powered alien? What if he does decide to turn against us?”
I am sure this brief look will please many fans, as the Battle of Metropolis was the least enjoyed part of ‘Man of Steel’ (I know I am not the only one who feels that way) and revisiting it for too long does not sound like the best way to start the next film in the DC Cinematic Universe.
If they had planned ahead and had Bruce Wayne involved during ‘Man of Steel,’ I might feel different. But for me, the Battle of Metropolis was a long slog of boring fight scenes intermixed with civilians fleeing the carnage that the film tried desperately to get us to care for, but seemed very hackneyed to me. It screamed of lazy writing, and filmmakers trying way too hard to make us care about civilians and characters that we barely knew. But, as that is my opinion, I am very interested to hear what others have to say.
What are your thoughts on the confirmation of the opening scene of ‘Batman V Superman?’ Does it really make a difference to you if we know that Bruce Wayne was there for the Battle of Metropolis? Share your opinions below!