Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman is going to be loaded with all kinds of cameos and world-building, but what has us most excited is finally getting to see DC’s two biggest heroes duke it out for the first time.
Stunt and fight choreographer Guillermo Grispo, who is mapping out the epic faceoff between Batman and Superman, chatted with Spanish news outlet Los Andes Diario about the approach he’s taking to what should be one of the biggest film events in recent years.
Grispo can’t reveal much about the story, but he does confirm the two juggernauts will duke it out at one point. He also talked about the fighting style he’s using for Batman (more martial arts stuff, which fits the comic canon) and how they’ll make the fight believable (since Superman should, technically, be able to squash him like a bug).
Check out some excerpts below, translated by Batman-News:
“Look, at Warner Bros., they are very strict, so I can’t say much, but it’s no surprise if I say Batman and Superman come face-to-face in the movie. It’s one of the most important sequences and I was actively involved in the design of the fight: the exchange of punches and the physical movement were put together with my partner Ryan Watson.
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…
Just imagine, it was like making dulce de leche (a similar thing to chocolate here in Argentina). 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, I would kiss his shoes. 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.”
OK, yeah. No matter what you think of Snyder, we’re bouncing off the walls to actually see this fight play out on the big screen. We don’t know for sure if they’ll follow the Dark Knight Returns model of suiting up Batman with armor, but it sounds like they’re definitely planning to find a way to level the playing field.
What do you expect from Snyder’s version of the epic Batman vs. Superman fight?