So far in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice footage we have seen, the unmasking of Batman in a desert bunker by an angry Superman appears to be the oddest part of the film so far. The film’s costume designer Michael Wilkinson explained this scene to the Omelette.
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“Zack (Snyder) had a great idea of this sort of nightmare-ish vision, almost a vision of the future, a post-apocalyptic vision. It’s like a dream that Ben has, so we wanted to, it has almost a Mad Max quality to it where it’s like the end of the world, trying to survive and then, of course, Superman and his minions come, so it’s sort of a way of representing the amazing amounts of, the sort of obsessive quality that Bruce Wayne has about the threat of Superman,” said Wilkinson.
“In this film, Superman, of course, he’s normally seen as a figure of hope, a positive thing, but in this film, his motivations, the consequences of his actions are really being questioned by the world. Is he a savior? Or is he a dangerous alien with unknown intentions? And this becomes an obsession for Bruce Wayne. And he really wants to sort it out. So, it’s manifested in this sort of incredible dream that Zack decided to create,” said Wilkinson.
This nightmare scene has a feel similar to Mark Millar’s Superman: Red Son from 2003, where Superman is part of the Soviet Union and Batman is on a suicide mission to destroy him (that is the extremly condensed version). In this alternate reality, Superman’s ship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas. What if Superman had been raised in the Soviet Union?
It would be hard to believe that director Zack Snyder didn’t draw inspiration from Superman: Red Son for the nightmare scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jason Momoa, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Diane Lane, Ezra Miller, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Michael Shannon, and Laurence Fishburne.
The film is set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016