Perhaps the most bizarre scenes from the trailers for Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” have all been from a sepia-toned sequence in which Ben Affleck’s Batman is in a desert landscape and captured by soldiers with Superman’s insignia on them.
Not only are strange alien flying creatures glimpsed, already speculated to be the minions of Darkseid, but Batman is then chained up as Superman arrives, and rips off his helmet. There’s been much speculation about the scene, not to mention fun as amusing memes have popped up on Twitter. Now, the film’s costume designer Michael Wilkinson has finally confirmed a long standing rumor about that sequence.
Wilkinson tells Omelete that it’s part of a nightmare sequence that Bruce Wayne has in the film about what the future of the world would be like under Superman’s reign:
“Zack had a great idea of this sort of nightmare-ish vision, almost a vision of the future, a post-apocalyptic vision. It’s like a dream that Ben has, so we wanted to, it has almost a Mad Max quality to it where it’s like the end of the world, trying to survive and then of course Superman and his minions come, so it’s sort of a way of representing the amazing amounts of, the sort of obsessive quality that Bruce Wayne has about the threat of Superman.
In this film, Superman, of course he’s normally seen as a figure of hope, a positive thing, but in this film, his motivations, the consequences of his actions are really being questioned by the world. Is he a savior? Or is he a dangerous alien with unknown intentions? And this becomes an obsession for Bruce Wayne. And he really wants to sort it out. So, it’s manifested in this sort of incredible dream that Zack decided to create.”
Wilkinson also confirms that Ezra Miller’s The Flash will also appear: “You do get a glimpse of him” he says, but he also indicates the character’s iconic costume will not be shown as it has not been designed yet and Wilkinson is: “really looking forward to taking the amazing, iconic costume for the Flash and interpreting it in a fresh way.”