1st look at darker Superman, the 'v' in Batman v Superman explained

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Jul 3, 2014

We've glimpsed a fair number of set pics, but Zack Snyder has finally revealed the first official photo of Clark Kent's alter ego from Batman v Superman.

Though most of the attention has been placed on Ben Affleck’s rebooted Bruce Wayne, whom director Zack Snyder described as “a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys” in an interview with USA Today, this is still technically a sequel to Man of Steel.

To that end, Snyder said he’s had a good time trying to figure out obstacles to put in front of Superman so they can “push him around a little bit,” and praised Henry Cavill’s performance. Snyder also admitted he was in “no rush” to add Batman to the film, but after looking at their long-term arc, decided it “seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in.” Fair enough.

Snyder also finally took a shot at trying to explain that bizarre “v” in the film’s title, which is more akin to a court case than an actual “vs.” symbol. It’s apparently not a typo. Snyder explains it was a deliberate decision to “keep it from being a straight 'versus' movie, even in the most subtle way.” Hmm, okay. But, c’mon — it either is or isn’t a “versus” movie. If it’s not a “versus” movie, then call it something other than Batman v Superman. Just sayin’.

In our first official look at Cavill's return, the big boy scout is looking darker than usual, and that might just be Gotham City serving as a backdrop for this rain-soaked shot. Maybe. Check it out below and let us know what you think:

(Via USA Today)

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