Watch: ‘Batman v Superman’ Video Shows Doomsday Battle VFX

     April 8, 2016


Whatever your opinion of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the visual effects were some of the better parts. Though it doesn’t seem to be an official VFX breakdown, a new video has been released by CG Meetup flips through various imagery to reveal the CG magic that went into the heroic face-off and the big battle against Doomsday.

VFX supervisor John DJ Des Jardin has worked with Snyder since Watchmen, and he returned for Batman v Superman along with Guillaume Rocheron of MPC. The latter told The Art of VFX during an interview that Snyder used the most practical effects he’s ever used for a film, though the video features mostly green-screen movie magic.

Watch the video below:

Rocheron told Post Magazine that most of the work from MPC was done on the Batman-Superman fight in Gotham City, and the battle between Doomsday and the Holy Trinity that followed.

There’s a lot of digital doubles. Obviously, Doomsday is all-digital. Gotham City doesn’t exist. It’s a lot of work technically. But artistically, I really like the Batman/Superman fights because it’s a not only an iconic fight, but there is something very graphic and photographic about it all. I think the visual effects work is very interesting because of the IMAX format. There are all the capes and costumes and digital actors, and it’s pretty seamless. That’s something that stands out from the bulk of the work.

Jardin returns as VFX supervisor on Justice League: Part One, which begins filming on April 11th ahead of its premiere on November 17, 2017. Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), and Ray Fisher (Cyborg) return after appearing in Batman v Superman, while Amber Heard plays Queen Mera of Atlantis and J.K. Simmons plays Commissioner Gordon.


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Image via Warner Bros.


Image via Warner Bros.

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