Stunt Designer On “Batman v Superman” Fight

Guillermo Grispo, a stunt and fight choreographer on “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” recently spoke with Spanish website Los Andes Diario (via Batman-News) and appears to have dropped some interesting details about the film and the key fight at its center.

Grispo says he almost worked on Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” but the contract couldn’t be resolved in time. On this film he prepared choreography for the stunt coordinator and second unit director, Damon Caro, and has worked on Snyder’s “300,” “Sucker Punch” and “Man of Steel”.

This included “operating the camera for the action shot tests, doing the choreography, and afterwards all of the image composition for these kinds of sample action scenes”. Asked what he can you tell us about the story, he says:

“It’s no surprise if I say Batman and Superman come face-to-face in the movie. It’s one of the most important sequences and I was actively involved in the design of the fight: the exchange of punches and the physical movement were put together with my partner Ryan Watson.

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.”

“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, I would kiss his shoes. 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.”

He also admits that even with a project with a budget this massive, keeping things economical is a major fact and that has an impact on how fight scenes are shot:

“You can come and say ‘well, now I want to hit against that window and I want to break it’ and you’re told ‘No, no, stop!’, because you can’t turn the camera here or there because of the lighting, or because there isn’t a digital extension prepared for a certain point.

For example, imagine a fight in Gotham exteriors: I say ‘well, on this scene I want an angle looking upwards when he’s kicking’, and I’m told ‘no, look, if you look upwards that take will cost the production $80,000 more because we will have to add the digital extension from the buildings to the clouds, so try something else because is cheaper’ (laughs).”

The first trailer for the film is rumored to be dropping as early as next month with “Jupiter Ascending”.