Batman v Superman Choreographer Promises Better Fight Scenes than Dark Knight Trilogy
The Dark Knight trilogy did a lot of things well, but according to most fans, fight choreography wasn't one of them. The scenes were often described as confusing and unconvincing, especially since Batman is supposedly an expert martial artist. Now, Guillermo Grispo, the fight choreographer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is assuring fans that the fight scenes in the upcoming superhero showdown will be far superior to the fight scenes in Nolan's trilogy.
"Batman is going to fight the way I've always dreamed seeing him fight… he's a character so prepared in martial arts that you can do a lot of things with him, but filmmakers usually don't go all the way with it. Even in the last Nolan movies the action scenes aren't very good from a technical, martial arts point of view to things like choreography, filming, bad camera movements… But hey, don't get me wrong, Nolan is great, my hats off to him. He makes fascinating stories, but I think that he did not pay too much attention to the fights. Those are the kind of details that Zack, being so physical himself, loves preparing. I think there's going to be a big difference when you see these Batman fights in comparison to the previous ones."
Although many Batman fans would argue that it's not that difficult to surpass Nolan's fight choreography, there has been uncertainty about whether Batman and Superman will be able to realistically fight in hand-to-hand combat at all, considering that Superman has nearly godlike superpowers while Batman usually relies on his gadgets and wits to defeat stronger opponents. But in the same interview, Grispo confirmed that "Batman and Superman come face-to-face" in "one of the most important sequences" of the movie. He even went so far as to admit there was an "exchange of punches."
"There's a thought that Batman has no chance, that the other [Superman] will squash him like a bug. But when you see the movie, and how it all comes out, there's a very intelligent explanation as to why they would have a firsthand confrontation though it seems to be totally to Batman's disadvantage."
This will likely come as something of a relief, as it would be fairly anticlimactic to make a movie called Batman v Superman without depicting an actual fight between the heroes. The obvious answer is kryptonite, but we can pretend that they'll be more creative than that.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out on March 25, 2016.