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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film Hardcover – March 22, 2016
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“Fans who like the movie and want a “souvenir book” will appreciate the close-ups of the supersuits and vehicles from the film, the colorful page layouts, and the roughly chronological plot points that re-tell the story from a creator’s standpoint, from idea to final rendering on the screen.” - Borg.com
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“Batman V Superman — Dawn Of Justice: The Art Of The Film offers an excellent, in-depth look at this blockbuster. Aperlo has outdone himself here.” - Cinema Sentries
“Brilliant concept art and behind-the-scenes anecdotes” -Entertainment Buddha
“A well put together book with amazing visuals of the movie's most significant moments as well as behind the scenes concept art” - Adventures in Poor Taste
“Packed with stunning concept art, Zack Snyder’s storyboards, blueprints, costume detail and behind-the-scenes shots from the set, this book is an invaluable insight into the world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” - Forces of Geek gift guide
About the Author
Peter Aperlo is an LA-based writer whose credits include the screenplay to the video game 300: March to Glory. He is the writer of the Watchmen: The Film Companion and Watchmen: The Art of the Film.
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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 different. 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.
Batman v Superman is an astounding feat of filmmaking, a brave deconstruction of 2 iconic heroes & fascinating exploration of power. This book is the companion piece it deserves! Makes a great addition to any home library.