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BATMAN V SUPERMAN (2016): Forget Affleck, DOJ Promises More Badass Bat


Dawn of Justice choreographer promises more proficient pugilist Batman. Guillermo Grispo, fight choreographer for Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has taken this assignment as an opportunity to right the one thing every film maker has gotten wrong, as he sees it, about Batman: no true demonstration of martial arts mastery.

While Grispo, whose credits include the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service, respects the creative contributions of previous Bat-ministrators, he has always felt that the character’s hand-to-hand prowess has always been under served. With DOJ, however, he intends to focus squarely on that key attribute.

Guillermo Grispo discusses his approach with Los Andes Diario:

“Now Batman is going to fight the way I’ve always dreamed of seeing him fight. He’s a character so prepared in martial arts that you can do a lot of things with him, but filmmakers usually don’t go all the way with it. Even in the last Nolan movies the action scenes aren’t very good from a technical, martial arts point of view to things like choreography, filming, bad camera movements…

Don’t get me wrong, Nolan is great, my hat’s off to him … but I think that he did not pay too much attention to the fights. Those are the kind of details that Zack, being so physical himself, loves preparing. I think there’s going to be a big difference when you see these Batman fights in comparison to the previous ones.”

For some reason, there seems to be a segment of the fanbase that questions the odds, in a direct Batman/ Superman confrontation. I could recommend Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns, World’s Finest, for Paul Dini & Alan Burnett‘s 90s animated take on the match-up, or I can just toss the older, crankier Frank Miller, of All-Star Batman, through your windows.

The point is: Batman represents the mere mortal’s ability to overcome – including superpowers. Captain America once said something along the lines of: “With the right leverage, you can throw anybody.” That’s exactly what came to mind when I saw how the Bat handled his first contact with Supes, for World’s Finest.

That, however, was just getting off on the wrong foot; for an idea of what an actual fight would be like, I’d go with Dark Knight Returns. Unfortunately, that ship may have sailed, courtesy of the upcoming Hulk vs Hulk-Buster Iron Man fight, for Age of Ultron; so that leaves a likely expansion on option A.

Guillermo Grispo on Batman’s odds:

“There’s a thought that Batman has no chance, that the Superman will squash him like a bug; but when you see the movie, and how it all comes out, there’s a very intelligent explanation as to why they would have a firsthand confrontation, though it seems to be totally to Batman’s disadvantage.”

There, it can be done. Anyone calling the pairing a pointless mismatch should really bone up on the source material (don’t prompt guys like me into making PSAs; nobody wins). Even if you still harbor a torch & pitch-fork, over Ben Affleck being under the cowl, at least take heart that its true owner is being taken seriously.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, and Jeremy Irons. It is scheduled for a March 25, 2016 release.

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Source: Batman News

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Sam Joseph

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