Batman v Superman just might deliver on the promise of a battle between the two monolithic DC superheroes, if the film’s fight choreographer is to be believed. Guillermo Grispo, who conceived the battles between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, recently revealed that he’s got some truly epic visions in mind for Batman v Superman, visions that will do Batman justice on the silver screen for the first time.
Grispo, whose credits include Kingsmen: The Secret Service and The Legend of Hercules, spoke recently with Los Andes Diario (h/t: Comic Book Resources) about realizing the dream of bringing a battle between Batman and Superman to the screen.
“Now Batman will fight the way I always dreamed to see him fight,” Grispo said of the choreography in Batman v Superman. “It’s a character so prepared in combat arts that he can do many things.”
That last point is what Grispo says will mark the difference between the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and Zack Snyder’s take on the character. While Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy was widely acclaimed for its grittier take on Batman, the series’ fight choreography was lacking for a character supposedly trained by ninjas, a point that was not lost on Grispo.
“Look, don’t misunderstand me,” Grispo said, “Nolan is an excellent filmmaker. I tip my hat [that he] makes fascinating stories, but I think he does not devote the time necessary to a fight.”
Snyder, though, is devoting a lot more time to the battles between Batman and Superman, aiming to give Batman v Superman the epic superhero showdown that fans are no doubt expecting.
“Those are the kind of details that Zack, being so physical himself, loves preparing,” Grispo said. “I think there’s going to be a big difference when you see these Batman fights in comparison to the previous ones.”
Batman v Superman is definitely one of the more anticipated films of next year, as it will launch the new shared DC Cinematic Universe, which Warner Bros. hopes will be able to compete head-to-head with Marvel’s successful Avengers franchise. After Batman v Superman lays the groundwork on the hero end, Warner Bros. will bring up the other side of the equation with Suicide Squad, a villain-focused feature with an all-star cast.
The goal is to have Batman v Superman and the following movies all building toward Warner Bros’ 2017 Justice League movie, but next summer’s superhero showdown will kick it all off. Warner Bros. is already hard at work on building the hype for Batman v Superman, and everybody affiliated with the film is already speaking in superlatives about it.
“It’s Zack Snyder,” Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, said recently, “so it’s going to be a visual spectacle. And it’s cinematic history.”