Batman v Superman was touted to be the mother of all battles between two iconic DC superheroes. This is one of the greatest comic-book events in the history of DC comics. This was exactly what DC fans were waiting for. It had the potential to catapult DCEU to new, glorious heights but that never happened. Instead, the fight lasted for 2 seconds and then both patched up because of Martha (Let’s not even go there).
The movie wanted to give a tribute to Frank Miller’s iconic graphic novel “Dark Knight Returns” but it ended up failing his legacy. It contained all the imagery of the novel but couldn’t embrace the spirit of it. BvS’s role was to sow the seeds for an ever-expanding DC Cinematic Universe but it fell way short of expectations. Ben Affleck’s Batman was the strongest suit while Man of Steel and Lex Luthor were botched up big time, as a result, it seemed more like a Batman movie instead of Man of Steel sequel. The movie didn’t do well at the box office either, at least as well as it should have.
Henry Cavill aka Superman admitted to mistakes but even the Justice League couldn’t course correct the path taken by DCEU. Here is what he said:
“There was a style they were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked.”
“Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer. “I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered to, and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.”
But who is responsible for all this? Well, if you want to pin the blame on someone, it’s WB which never allowed director’s vision to be translated into reality.
Director Zack Snyder truly is a visionary of the highest order. The movies he makes don’t just have immense cinematic depth but also creative Easter eggs that are yet to be matched by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, the MCU is the king of Post Credits scenes but the DCEU, up until Snyder reigned supreme, was and probably still is the king of hidden Easter eggs.
The movies – Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel and even Justice League contain several sets of hidden connections to the comic books and source materials in a way that is unprecedented in the comic book movies. [This is not a fluff piece to please DC fans, it’s indeed the truth]
Zack has been under tremendous pressure not to make any statements about what really transpired behind-the-scenes. His silence says it all. Some people are saying what is the point of coming out now and spilling the beans about what might have happened now that it will never happen, but he owes it to DC fans. So it’s a good thing that he is sharing stuff and not being secretive. At least, we can imagine what DCEU could have been had studio allowed Snyder to do his job.
Director and the former king of the DCEU, Zack Snyder has been actively been on social media sites and answering trendy fan questions. He has already answered a lot of them. The Three Crosses at the end of BVS and the Spear Question have all been replied to by Snyder. The explanation given by Zack blew us all away. Now he has returned to finally answer yet another popular question regarding BVS!!!
The Spear was just the beginning, fellow DCEU lovers. There is much more to learn and know about BVS than what meets the eye. Zack has finally answered a question as to why the Wayne Manor is ruined and abandoned in BVS.
The Wayne Manor is the epicenter of Gotham City. It’s where Billionaire Bruce Wayne continues his playboy lifestyle by the day and it also houses the Bat cave, where Batman hangs his cowl after venturing into the night as the dreaded Dark Knight.
In Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, the Wayne Manor was a bustling estate of house parties and women. Bruce Wayne and Alfred lived there. It was later burned down by the League of Shadows but it was later rebuilt to house the Caped Crusader again.
In BVS, the Manor is abandoned, in ruins and is somewhat damaged by a fire that happened long ago. Bruce Wayne now lives an envious lifestyle in an ultra-modern Lake House that also houses his under the lake Bat lair.
The Lake House has been widely referred to as ‘The Glasshouse’. Bruce has continued his journey as Gotham City’s Dark Knight Right from under that house’s roofs. As to why Bruce Wayne suddenly decided to change his shipping address, Zack Snyder has an answer. He took to his favorite social media site, Vero, where he answered this popular fan query. He states:
“I think his father commissioned the lake house as a gift to his mother a place built by her favorite architect and she loved it,” he wrote. “When Bruce turned 18, he moved in [and] he ordered Wayne Manor be left to decompose.”
That means one thing. Bruce Wayne did not leave the house recently. He must have left it a long, long time ago. The Wayne Manor has been in ruins much before events of Man of Steel happened and forced Batman into to Top Gear in BVS. It must have stayed in such a derelict condition way before the events of BVS.
And that is why the Glass House has been his home of choice ever since. It’s not because he hates the Wayne Manor. It’s because Bruce Wayne wants to stay close to his long-dead parents.
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is now available in DVD and Blu-Ray. The official film synopsis reads:
“It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel”.
Both Batman and Superman were seen together in DC comic-book ensemble ‘Justice League’. Superman was dead at the end of BvS, but Batman used the last remaining mother box to resurrect him. He wasn’t himself at first but then Lois Lane helped restore his soul.
Later, they took down a monster aka Steppenwolf who wanted to restore dark order. Thousands of years ago, the Amazonians, the Atlanteans, and men formed an alliance to defeat him, there were three mother boxes with them that are powerful objects having Apokoliptian origins. He returned to collect them and once again everyone must unite to save humanity.
Here is the official synopsis for the movie:
“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions”.