Here is yet another The Art of the Film by Titan Books, but this one is the most anticipated. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice gave a lot of behind the scenes information between the documentary footage from the Ultimate Version Blu-Ray and the Zack Snyder interviews online. Can this book provide enough new details? Is it good?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film
The latest addition to Titan Books’ Art of the Film lineup contains 190 large, impactful pages that sum up the cinematography and themes seen throughout Dawn of Justice. Even at a glance, the book has an impressive exterior, with the sleeve featuring concept art of the two heroes battling and the hardcover with abstract sketchings of both the Dark Knight and Man of Steel. The pages themselves are larger than normal which lends itself to the impressive photography and character designs depicted throughout.
DC fans are going to eat this up with a spoon as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film makes a perfect addition to any comic book fans collection, especially in addition to the Ultimate Version of the film. While most of the Art of the Film lineup is broken into sections by Characters and Environments, this book is segmented by Superman’s world and Batman’s world, followed by a few additional categories featuring Wonder Woman. This book also features a Foreword by Geoff Johns and Afterword by Zack Snyder which is worth checking out.
One of my favorite sections are the pages dedicated to Heroes Park where Superman’s tribute statue is desecrated. The section includes blueprints of the architectural design and a layout for the entire park. It’s amazing to think of all the work necessary to put this film together and this is just one aspect that’s documented for us. Unfortunately, there are some components that I wish they spent more time on; Wonder Woman, who I would consider a fan favorite, only has a couple of pages dedicated to her when she was deserving of a better portion of the book. There is also no mention of the Ultimate Edition or deleted scenes. This is poignant because I know there are some fans, including myself, that were hoping for some more information involving the depiction of Steppenwolf and the Mother Box.
Is It Good?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film is one edition that I’ve been waiting for and it delivers in both visuals and documentary information. Unfortunately, it could have included a lot more considering it omitted any information on the clips and debuts of Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman. It’s aesthetically pleasing without a doubt, but leaves you wanting a little more.