BATMAN V SUPERMAN Fight Choreographer Explains How the Two Superheroes Will Square Off

     January 20, 2015


In comics, the battle between Batman and Superman is really one of brains versus brawn.  Do you believe that Batman can anticipate and neutralize every move Superman would ever make?  Or do you believe that Superman is fast enough and strong enough to pulverize Batman into dust before the Dark Knight even had a chance to form a coherent thought?  The two will go head-to-head in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and while we saw in the Comic-Con footage that Batman (Ben Affleck) has his armor from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comics, how will it stand up against Superman (Henry Cavill)?

In a recent interview, the film’s fight choreographer, Guillermo Grispo, provided a bit of insight in how they’re planning to handle the epic brawl between the two superheroes.  Hit the jump for more.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016, and also stars Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, Jason Momoa, and Jeremy Irons.

batman-v-superman-henry-cavillSpeaking to Los Andes Diario (via Batman News), Grispo acknowledged how the fight seems weighted in Superman’s favor since Superman is essentially a god:

There’s a thought that Batman has no chance, that the other [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.

Does “Kryptonite” qualify as an intelligent explanation?  Because if kryptonite is in the movie, that’s not an intelligent explanation as much as, “Of course it’s kryptonite.”

And while the showdown between Batman and Superman may hinge on brains versus brawn, we’re still going to see the Dark Knight fight in a way we’ve never seen before (and I assume these fights will be against non-Kryptonians):

Now Batman it’s going to fight the way I’ve always dreamed 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…

But hey, don’t get me wrong, Nolan is great, my hats off to him. He makes fascinating stories, 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.

I can’t argue with Grispo there when it comes to the physical fights in the Dark Knight Trilogy, but keep in mind that part of that has to do with the limitations of the costume.  The Batman costume is notoriously bulky and stiff to the point where just being able to turn at the neck became a major accomplishment.  It will be interesting to see how Grispo and Snyder have overcome this hurdle to deliver a new fighting style and reinvent another aspect of the Caped Crusader.


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