I’m willing to bet if you walked up to ten people on the street and asked them “What happened to Batman’s parents?” at least nine of would correctly answer “They were murdered.” They could also probably tell you that it was by a mugger in a back alley. And yet Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will apparently need to tell us yet again that Thomas and Martha Wayne were gunned down in front of their young son, Bruce Wayne, thus teaching him that crime is bad, and that the best way to fight it is to dress up like a giant rodent and be a vigilante.
I’ll admit that’s a tad reductive, but it’s also true that we don’t need to see the Waynes die again. We especially don’t need to see it in Batman v Superman, which features an older, more experienced Batman (Ben Affleck). This is not an origin story, which, by the way, we will never need for Batman ever again unless something is radically altered in his history like being a computer programmer named Bruce Wain. But new set photo and videos shows that we’ll be getting the Dark Knight’s life-changing event for the umpteenth time. Hit the jump to check it out. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.
For those who don’t know, in Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns, it shows the Waynes leaving a screening of Zorro (a nod to one of Batman‘s major inspirations), and then they discover that walking down a back alley in your crime-ridden city is somewhat unwise. Again, unless they’re drastically reimaging this scene or have found a wondrously clever way to include it, I don’t understand why they would even waste the screen time. This film is already stuffed with future Justice League members who need real introductions, but Zack Snyder is going to rehash a piece of information we already know? I just hope they include Martha Wayne’s pearl necklace being destroyed in slow motion because it’s also important to know that you don’t want to flash fancy jewelry in a bad part of town. And no, shooting the scene in IMAX doesn’t count as a big change:
I can confirm with my own eyes that Batman vs Superman is filming at least the Wayne murder scene with full IMAX film cameras.
— Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) November 13, 2014
But if they’re willing to use IMAX on something as painfully inevitable as The Dead Waynes (new band name), then at least we’ll probably get it in some action scenes as well.