How Batman v Superman Should Have Ended

For years to come, one of the most divisive comic book films will be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Among comic books fans, there are those who like what Zack Snyder to the table, and there are those who hated what he did with DC Comics iconic superheroes. Among general audiences who don’t care about comic book mythology, there are those who loved the movie while others were underwhelmed. But the film is officially the seventh highest grossing comic book movie of all time, even if it didn’t perform quite as well at the box office as Warner Bros. Pictures hoped.

If you’re one of those fans who wasn’t happy with Batman v Superman, then you’ll probably be happy to see the latest installment of How It Should Have Ended. Since the two superheroes have been a staple of every video from these folks, this particular installment is particularly a good one.

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Whether or not you had problems with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s hard to deny the visual spectacle that was on screen. If there’s one thing that Zack Snyder knows how to do, it’s shoot a very beautiful movie with some frames lifted straight from the pages of comics. Perhaps even more impressive is that a lot of these beautiful shots are created almost entirely with visual effects.

A series of Batman v Superman visual effects shots have made their way online, showing how nearly a dozen shots looked before and after any digital effects were added. You might be surprised to see that in some scenes, armored Batman was added in post-production opposite a real Superman, and sometimes the Man of Steel’s cape was entirely digital as well See the photos below! Read More »

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