Saw It For You: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Synopsis. When Batman and Superman first meet, they don’t like each other so much that they have a fight.

Tagline. When Batman and Superman first meet, they don’t like each other so much that they have a fight.


  • Ben Affleck wanted the role of Batman so badly that he asked director Zack Snyder to kill his parents. “I knew then that I had my Batman,” said Snyder, who had killed Affleck’s parents hours before for reasons unrelated to the movie.
  • To prepare for the project, Snyder had an elective lobotomy which removed all memories of the characters Superman and Batman, then had them described to him by a 12-year-old diehard Marvel fan.
  • While promoting the movie, Henry Cavill walked around Times Square wearing a Superman t-shirt. When no one seemed to recognize him, he offered this as proof that Clark Kent’s glasses would be enough of a disguise, even though the simpler explanation is that no one cares about Cavill as Superman.
  • Director’s trademark: A woman spitting into a man’s mouth to indicate intimacy or trust.
  • Six scale models of the Batmobile were built for practical effects shots. The models were 10:1, weighing 50,000 pounds each. A team of tractors was used to open the Batmobile’s 48-foot-tall door. A CGI Ben Affleck was then added to the shot.
  • Director’s trademark: A character’s fist angrily striking a tabletop, crushing the fully dressed hot dog they were holding.
  • BvS:DoJ marks the first time in DC Comics history that Superman uses the c-word. It is the first line of dialogue.


  • Lois Lane does not have a HUD.
  • The names “Perry White,” “J. Jonah Jameson,” “Daily Bugle” and “Daily Planet” are used interchangeably.
  • In the scene where Superman searches the waterfront, Metropolis is visible across the bay from Metropolis.
  • Perhaps in an attempt to update the characters for a modern audience, Batman mentions the “utility apps on [his] dashboard,” which is clearly just his utility belt.
  • Superman is often referred to as a boat, apparent in the scene where Batman throws radioactive shards, and Superman “sustains minor hull damage.”
  • Characters continually deliver lines and follow them with “and I’m talking to you, not them,” pointing at the character they are addressing. However, it is already commonly accepted that the audience is not being directly addressed by the people in a movie.
  • Though the light from Krypton exploding would eventually reach Earth, Batman would not be able to see the death of Superman’s parents on the planet’s surface with the naked eye.
  • It seems too convenient that Superman knew he could distract Batman during the climactic fight by pointing at Krypton and shouting “Look, more parents dying.”
  • Wonder Woman’s “WW” chest symbol is upside-down.

Memorable Quotes

Clark Kent. So this is Metropolis, the city I just moved to. And this must be the Daily Planet, where I’ll be working with Lois Lane.
Lois Lane. Say, you’re handsome for a new reporter. I’ll be giving you a handjob in the break room.
Clark Kent. (classic Christopher Reeve wink to camera, as a respectful nod to his legacy)

Batman. As long as vigilantes with abilities beyond those of normal people are allowed to operate in secrecy, there can never be a dawn of justice.

Lex Luthor. Poo poo coo coo. Bobo mo mo mo mo.
Superman. An extraordinary foe. 

Bruce Wayne. So you must be the new reporter for the Metropolis newspaper. I’m from Gotham City but I had a building here that fell down.
Clark Kent. So that’s why you’re here and not there.
Bruce Wayne. I don’t like your attitude, Kent.
Clark Kent. Prepare to be murdered by Superman.

Wonder Woman. I’m here.
Superman. I kill for fun but think we should make some kind of a, you know. A league of adjudicators.
Batman. For justice. A league, you say?
Superman. Yeah, I like the sound of that… a Justice L —
Wonder Woman. (interrupting, looking into camera) To be continued.

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  • Partial Spectator

    Mistakes: Superman (1938-2016)

  • RicksWriting

    Luthor. Dawn of Justice?! More like. . . JAUNDICE! *manically cackles*

  • RicksWriting

    Trivia: 80% of the movie is actually 2007’s Spider-Man 3, overlaid with a “grit” filter and redubbed. Superman acting like a symbiote is explained as “kryptonian mutation from yellow sun radiation”. Look for scenes where Batman’s costume has lost its ears and gained Toby MacGuire’s physique.

  • zarawesome

    Trivia: The second half of the movie is completely computer-generated, through the innovative method of using a Sega Genesis running a graphical hack of Beast Wrestler.

  • Regularjoe

    I thought that Batman vs Superman got the comic book feel perfectly.

    Most people forget that comic books are almost completely garbage for children.

  • Trivia: The upcoming BvS DoJ video game is just Superman flying through Batman shaped rings.

    • Noah Hopson-Walker

      The devs were able to quickly complete the game in time for the movie’s release by reusing the code and assets of Superman 64.

  • Travis E Hathcock

    Chris, there are many things you have done in your life for which you should be proud, but this is by far the greatest. Thankyou.

    • manwithlegs

      I liked this quite a bit myself. There are actually a couple things Kris has done that I like more, though. To avoid a fight, I’m just going to pretend someone else did those things.

      Hm, I think there’s some sort of heavy-handed, embarrassing political metaphor there. *backs away from comment slowly*

    • Mike

      It is definitely up there. Had to read this a few times : )

  • manwithlegs

    Mistake: Several of wonder woman’s action scenes were accidentally filmed with Amy Adams instead of Gal Gadot.