Hollywood may be oversaturated with superhero movies, but one upcoming title stands out -- Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Details on the highly anticipated sequel have been scarce, but on Tuesday visual effects artist Joe Letteri teased a big fight scene.
Letteri spoke to Collider on behalf of Weta Digital, a digital effects company co-founded by Peter Jackson. He has worked on films such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Avatar” and, his best-known project, “Man of Steel.” When asked by the outlet about his involvement with the superhero sequel, he teased a “self-contained” battle sequence.
“I can’t really give anything away, but it is a standalone sequence,” he said. “I think you will be able to pick it out when you see it.”
It’s unclear exactly what he means by “standalone,” but it’s likely a reference to another scene like the Krypton opening in “Man of Steel.” Although it was one of the more impressive fight scenes in the film, it didn’t necessarily have a major bearing on the plot.
Those who have been paying attention to all things “Dawn of Justice” may think Letteri’s comments could refer to the sizzle reel shown at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. In it, Ben Affleck’s Batman squares off with Henry Cavill’s Superman. But Letteri confirmed that the scene he’s talking about has nothing to do with what was shown at Comic-Con.
“We’re doing a completely different sequence; the sequence we’re doing is sort of self-contained,” he said. “I don’t think you would have seen that yet.”
This has led many to speculate what the “standalone sequence” could be. It’s been confirmed that Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa is primed and ready to take up Aquaman’s trident. That said, it’s possible that the scene in question will see one of these characters become an established hero.
Screen Rant speculates that a final showdown with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman against a mysterious foe could also fit Letteri’s vague description. All questions will be answered when “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits theaters March 25, 2016. In the meantime, those curious can skip ahead to 9:25 in the below video to hear Letteri talk “Dawn of Justice.”