Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pits two iconic heroes against one another. That premise, when combined with the visual talents of director Zack Snyder, promises to be a great looking film with lots of interesting design elements. This book features concept art from the film and highlights the overall look of the film along with key design choices related to the characters.
As an effective sequel to Man of Steel, Dawn of Justice maintains the design sensibilities of Snyder's previous Superman film. The film very much wants to look and feel like the real world, with sites like the US Capitol making an appearance. The fictional city of Metropolis looks much like our own modern-day urban population centers - with Lexcorp HQ Tower looming large in the skyline.
The wold of Batman, on the other hand, is a bit more stylized. Gotham is as dark and dismal as it's ever been. Because this is Batman's first appearance in this story (The Dark Knight trilogy is not considered part of this "universe"), the designers were able to start from scratch and do something unique. Snyder and his team succeeding in creating a Batman that is differentiated from all the others that have come before. The book also features Batman's many gadgets and weapons, his mech suit, as well as the Batmobile and Batwing.
The book also takes a brief look at the other characters in the film - Lex Luthor, Doomsday, and of course Wonder Woman. The challenge across the board was to take inspiration from the comics, but make the designs unique and interesting for the big screen. A few key scene in the film are also detailed, including the fight between Batman & Superman, and also the Knightmare sequence.
The imagery in the book is outstanding. It's mostly sketches and conceptual artwork. But there are also some production photos and some stills from the completed movie. If you are interested in this film and enjoy Snyder's visual style, then you'll probably enjoy this book.
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