When the first teaser for Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman debuted, many fans assumed that the movie would be a direct adaptation of Frank Miller’s gritty 1986 graphic novel, “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.” This reasonable assumption, based on the imagery released, only continued to gain popularity when first full trailer debuted.
The similarities between the two are quite apparent. From an older appearing Dark Knight, to the “reinforced mech-suit equipped with strength-augmenting armor and, yes, kryptonite.”
However, Snyder soon clarified the distinction between Miller’s work and his own. In speaking with Comic Book Resources, Snyder stated “I was talking to Frank about it: Dark Knight Returns was such a big influence on me, that I wanted to honor him through imagery in the movie.” But, went on to explain that “you could still make Dark Knight Returns into a movie, if you want. That’s what I’m saying, as far as how much we used and how much we didn’t use”.
This left many fans questioning which pieces would be used, and which wouldn’t be used. However, now that the film has received a PG-13 rating (on a reportedly $400 Million budget), there’s quite a few scenes from Miller’s work that we can be fairly certain won’t be appearing on the big screen.
For those of you unfamiliar with “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” we’ll take you through the plot (courtesy of Wikipedia), and highlight the scenes we’re pretty sure we won’t be seeing on the silver screen along the way…
The Dark Knight Returns is set in a dystopian near-future version of Gotham City. Bruce Wayne, at 55, has retired from crime-fighting for ten years. Levels of crime are rising. Wayne has a breakthrough and finds retirement is against his instincts and becomes Batman again; and shortly thereafter he finds himself at war with a gang called the Mutants.
While this may sound tame enough to keep with Batman v. Superman’s PG-13 rating, let’s take a closer look at one of Batman’s fights with the gang members:
Next, at the White House, Superman is deployed by Washington to the Latin American country of Corto Maltese where he fights Soviet combat forces in a conflict that may ignite WWIII.
Meanwhile, The Joker awakens from catatonia at Arkham Asylum. With renewed purpose, The Joker manipulates his caretakers to allow him onto a television talk show, where he murders everyone with gas and escapes.
While again, this too may sound tame enough, right before The Joker appears on the television show (which by the way is Late Night with David Letterman), he first visits Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman):
#2) Catwoman, now out of shape, and working as a Madam, is kidnapped by The Joker, who beats her nearly to death, and then dresses her like Wonder Woman, hogties her, and leaves her for Batman to find:
Next, Batman and Robin track him to a county fair, where he is already killing people. Batman defeats The Joker in a violent confrontation, where:
#3) Batman loses control and breaks The Joker’s neck – nearly killing him; and then to incriminate Batman for murder, The Joker commits suicide by breaking his own neck just a bit further.
We then see Superman divert a Soviet nuclear warhead which detonates in a desert. The United States is hit by an electromagnetic pulse, and descends into chaos during the resulting blackout. All of which leaves Superman looking like this:
#4) Superman is hit by a nuclear blast and essentially looks like a zombie:
Meanwhile, under Batman’s watch, Gotham becomes the safest city in the country. The U.S. government sees this as an embarrassment, and orders Superman to remove Batman. Or more specifically:
#5) President Ronald Reagan orders Superman to kill Batman:
What ensues next is an epic battle, ie: Batman v. Superman.
And with that, our list is concluded! We’re confident that none of the above scenes will appear in Batman v. Superman, despite the film being inspired by the very graphic novel in which they come from.
What are your thoughts? Do you think we’ll see these scenes? Or, do you feel we missed anything else which won’t be shown? Let us know – comment below!
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