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Batman v Superman to pay homage to The Dark Knight Returns

Batman Vs Superman

Story by Jack Foley

NEW superhero smackdown movie Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice will pay homage to Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, according to its director Zack Snyder.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, the director revealed that his film does “borrow” a number of visual cues from the acclaimed graphic novel from 1986, which finds a reluctant Superman being called upon to take down a jaded Batman who has become something of a loose cannon as a result of his decades of crime fighting.

He commented: “I was talking to Frank [Miller] about it: Dark Knight Returns was such a big influence on me, that I wanted to honour him through imagery in the movie.

“You could still make Dark Knight Returns into a movie, if you want. That’s what I’m saying, as far as how much we used and how much we didn’t use. The visual elements, there are some that I homage, but I don’t think the movie [is an adaptation].”

Commenting on his decision to cast Affleck in the role of Batman, Snyder went on to say: “I definitely wanted an older Batman. I wanted a war-weary Batman. That’s why, in a lot of ways, Ben was really perfect for me – we kind of aged him a little bit. It worked really great. I’m really excited about the Batman we created.”

Excitement is building on the Dawn of Justice movie as more revelations are made.

Snyder has also revealed, in a July interview with US publication Entertainment Weekly, that his film will feature a “climactic rooftop brawl” between Batman and Superman (played by Henry Cavill, reprising his role from Man of Steel).

Furthermore, Dawn of Justice is expected to introduce Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman, as well as paving the way for a series of Justice League movies.

It will certainly feature the return of one of Superman’s iconic enemies as Jesse Eisenberg is playing Lex Luthor.

The film is due in UK and US cinemas on March 25 next year (2016).

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