Old Superman VS Man of Steel
Throughout the last decade, superhero movies have become one of the biggest money-makers in Hollywood – with a greater number of comic book adaptations arriving every year (with ever-increasing budgets and audience expectations). However, as more and more superhero films come through the pipeline, the danger of over-saturation looms large – and many moviegoers may soon need to choose which comic book movies they’ll pay to see in theaters. For every Dark Knight trilogy or; yet, the film itself still looks to borrow heavily from Man of Steel‘s color palette (which, as VideoLab points out, Warner Bros. borrowed from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies).
Given what we know about the Batman V Superman story, it makes sense that Snyder will again rely on some darker imagery for the iconic face-off – since Metropolis (and Kal-El) will be reeling from the devastation in Man of Steel while Ben Affleck’s aged Batman has suffered personal losses that, depending on how a viewer interprets the latest trailer narration, may have turned Bruce Wayne from a, comparatively, good man into a downright cruel vigilante. As a result, it’s appropriate that Batman V Superman start with a somber visual aesthetic but, considering that the film is being touted as the there’s incentive for Snyder to evolve the film’s coloration as his characters grow within the film.
That all said, to be clear, this isn’t to say that Snyder should abandon the grittier (read: less comedic) tone of the DC Universe – since many viewers appreciate the world that Warner Bros. has been shaping. We’re solely talking about minor adjustment in coloration of the film itself. As indicated by VideoLab, juxstaposing the ideological conflict in Batman V Superman (Justice V Hope) through clashing (but sometimes complimentary) tones would add another thematic layer to Snyder’s visual tool belt – a layer that was already present in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns comic pages.