Major Batman V Superman Scenes Look So Weird Without Their CGI

I’m going to tell you something, and I'll need you to stay calm and not freak out when I do. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is fake. Believe it or not, director Zack Snyder actually constructed most of the enormous film using computer generated images, rather than going out and finding an alien and a billionaire ninja to duke it out with a giant Zod baby. I know, right? A new video has surfaced showing several scenes from Batman V Superman prior to the inclusion of CGI, and it’s just plain weird. Check it out below.

That video makes you realize just how important the post-production period is for a CGI heavy action spectacle like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Essentially a montage of before and after shots, the video showcases numerous moments throughout the film – primarily during the two third-act fights – and compares them before CGI and after CGI. Some of the shots won't come as a surprise, but others might genuinely shock you with how much of a given frame wasn't real at all.

It’s amazing what they were able to make purely in a digital environment. From the flames that engulf Superman and Doomsday, to the wrecked city behind the DC Trinity as they stand together, to the Metropolis city skyline and Batman’s entire battle suit during the titular fight. With one glance, it’s plain to see how much digital technology has advanced since the beginning of the cinematic superhero genre.

Personally, I’m conflicted about seeing stuff like this. On the one hand, I’m compelled to marvel at the technical wizardry required to pull something like this off. Seriously, we all knew the movie featured CGI, but none of us likely assumed they used that much CGI. On the other hand, I’m also compelled to further appreciate films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dark Knight trilogy. While these films most certainly used CGI, they seldom used it to the extent that some of Zack Snyder’s more recent, bombastic action films have.

What are your thoughts on the use of CGI in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice? Were there any shots that completely tricked you into thinking they were real? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Stay tuned for more Batman V Superman news, and be sure to check the landmark superhero showdown in theaters now!

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.