Now, almost a year later, it’s safe to say that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros.’ second-at-bat in their nascent DC Extended Universe, was the most controversial superhero movie of 2016. Despite financial success and a passionate core group of fans, the film received scathing reviews and was largely dismissed in the popular conversation. And yet, here we are, a year later, still talking about it.
Regardless of where you stand on the film’s quality, a movie with an impact this substantial deserves at least a bit of reflection, and that’s what I had the opportunity to do along with a few of the people who helped make the film what it is.
Initially intended to be a discussion of one of the film’s signature action setpieces, I ended up chatting with Second Unit Director Damon Caro and Visual Effect Supervisors Bryan Hirota and John ‘D.J.’ DesJardin for nearly two hours about their process, their inspirations, their reactions to the way the film was received, and what we can expect in the future.
And, yes, we also talked about the Batman warehouse fight.