Despite their unrivaled box-office returns and their critical acclaim that hasn't translated into Oscars for whatever reason, superhero movies have generated surprising backlash in recent months. For example, forums poster Triticum Guzzler wrote "a good superhero movie would be a guy who puts on a mask at night and shoots everybody involved in making superhero movies," which might seem unreasonably harsh but is ironically the kind of cool, grim vigilante stance that superhero-movie fans recognize and respect! There's been a lot of Internet buzz about Paul Rudd: Ant Man, and sources say Captain America: The Winter Soldier is shaping up to be a monster, but the colossus on the long-range calendar is definitely Batman vs. Superman (2016). no they will not and FYAD sifted through all the hype surrounding this production to compile fun facts and fearless predictions!

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Trivia: The screenwriters were quoted in a 2014 interview as saying that, "We went out of our way to make this film as inaccessible as possible to new viewers. If you haven't seen the five movies leading up to this one, too bad." Despite this, the film went on to gross over $3 billion worldwide.


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Trivia: When asked about his reasons for directing a dark, gritty take on the shared Batman/Superman universe, director Zack Snyder replied by saying "[sound of slot machine paying out]"


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Director's Trademark: Cash register noises and deep laughter juxtaposed with several scrawny-style nerds hurling themselves into a gigantic crevasse labelled "IGNORANCE".


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Cameo: Zack Snyder in the background looking confused yet intrigued in all 7 of the movie's sex scenes.


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Revealing mistakes: Superman keeps calling Batman "Deborah" when he punches him, a possible reference to co-producers Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder's ongoing divorce proceedings.


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Incorrectly regarded as goofs
Exterior shots of Gotham City and Metropolis are identical, except Gotham City is only seen at night. Director Zack Synder said this was intentional in order to "highlight [...] the dark duality of Man."
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Trivia: Due to Zack Snyder's insistence on creating a "darker, more realistic", superhero movie, the first draft of the script had Superman throwing Batman into the sun in the first ten minutes of the film. This draft was later filmed, produced, and released as the finished film.


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Trivia: Zach Snyder's contract stipulated that after making this movie he would be allowed to work on a more personal film as his next project. A script he had written nearly a decade ago had been repeatedly shot down by the major studios for being too "niche." The overwhelming success of Batman vs. Superman (2016) finally convinced the studio heads at Warner Bros. that allowing Snyder to helm Thor 3 (2016) would indeed be a profitable venture.


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Trivia: In a playful nod to fellow superhero crossover film director Joss Whedon, of The Avengers (2012), the post-credits sequence is the film The Avengers (2012).


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Crew or equipment visible: When Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne first arrives at the Daily Planet, Ben Affleck as Batman can be seen in the background throwing up into a water fountain.


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Trivia: Most theatrical screenings were preceded by a trailer for the sequel, Batman and Superman (2018), featuring scenes of Batman and Superman teaming up to fight iconic comic book villains rather than each other, effectively robbing Batman vs. Superman (2016) of any narrative tension.

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