BATMAN V SUPERMAN's Standout "Knightmare" Sequence Was A Late Addition To Zack Snyder's Film

BATMAN V SUPERMAN's Standout "Knightmare" Sequence Was A Late Addition To Zack Snyder's Film

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's "Knightmare" left fans equal parts excited and baffled, but Batman stunt double Richard Cetrone has now revealed that the sequence was a relatively late addition!

By Nighthawk01 - Jul 08, 2020 05:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Batman vs. Superman

2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw Bruce Wayne have a vision of a future where Earth was ruled over by Darkseid and a Man of Steel under the control of the Anti-Life Equation. In that reality, Batman had become a freedom fighter trying to take Earth back, but he later ended up in the clutches of Superman. 

It was at that point Bruce woke from his dream and came face to face with a Flash who had travelled from that "Knightmare" to warn him of what was to come. 

Speaking to Screen Rant's Stephen Colbert, Ben Affleck's Batman stunt double Richard Cetrone revealed that, "after shooting had already started, that scene was added." That was a contrast to what he called "months" of prep for other big action scenes, and Cetrone would go on to say that shooting it was "the toughest day of my career" after 27 years of stunt work. 

Explaining that he had an emergency with his son prior to shooting, Cetrone says he got "maybe an hour of sleep," and noted that he can see "how lethargic I'm moving" while watching it back. However, he credits his fellow stunt performers for helping the one-shot fight scene look so good. 

The hope now is that Zack Snyder's Justice League on HBO Max will explain the meaning behind this "Knightmare," and reveal whether it was just a dream or a real glimpse into the DCEU's future. 

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BuzzKillington
BuzzKillington - 7/8/2020, 5:22 AM
"Standout"



I think you mean unnecessary.
hazapez
hazapez - 7/8/2020, 6:56 AM
@BuzzKillington - hater alert is going off
mastakilla39
mastakilla39 - 7/8/2020, 8:17 AM
TheBlueMorpho
TheBlueMorpho - 7/8/2020, 8:35 AM
@hazapez -

it really didn't need to be in the movie.
JonC
JonC - 7/8/2020, 8:56 AM
@hazapez - many people agreed at the time it was first shown.
BuzzKillington
BuzzKillington - 7/8/2020, 10:54 AM
@hazapez -

Yes your triggered-ness to my comment set off all the hater alerts in cbm.com.
hazapez
hazapez - 7/9/2020, 6:22 AM
@TheBlueMorpho - had snyder had his way, you could have seen mos bvs jl1 / jl2 as a continuous thing. i can see how it takes you out of it, but over time w other films laid out, it wouldnt have been so bad.
Nightwing1015
Nightwing1015 - 7/8/2020, 5:24 AM
"However, he credits his fellow stunt performers for helping the one-shot fight scene look so good."

"look so good"

bkmeijer2
bkmeijer2 - 7/8/2020, 5:29 AM
I really hope ZSJL is gonna offer some answers to this. From the things a was confused by, I was confused by this one the most
tmp3
tmp3 - 7/8/2020, 5:40 AM
Yeah, we can tell it was added late to production since it adds absolutely nothing to the movie and feels utterly superfluous. Feels like Snyder saw fury road and thought “lets do that, but way shittier”, with no regard as to what it’d actually add to the movie
VileBlood
VileBlood - 7/8/2020, 5:42 AM
"The hope now is that Zack Snyder's Justice League on HBO Max will explain the meaning behind this "Knightmare,"


IronGenesis
IronGenesis - 7/8/2020, 5:47 AM
Bruce having a knightmare about a dystopian/apocalyptic future ruled/dominated by a “evil” Superman was 100% the way to go.

But since so much of it would need to be explained in future films...they just went to far with the Knightmare Scene.

Cut all mentions of Darkseid, Parademons and the Flash. Leave everything else and it would fit so much better in the context of BVS.
Kumkani
Kumkani - 7/8/2020, 5:49 AM
It was definitely shot like a late addition. Honestly weird how bad it is considering I've seen Snyder do some pretty great long take shots.
Forthas
Forthas - 7/8/2020, 6:27 AM
And...who really cares? That bad interpretation of Batman should be put to rest.
demery
demery - 7/8/2020, 7:54 AM
I honestly couldn't tell by the way it went from a scene showing a loading screen to just having a smash cut to a dream sequence and then finish it off with a dream-within-a-dream bullshit.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/8/2020, 8:14 AM
So the reason why this scene felt so tacked on is because it was literally tacked on to shoot. Makes sense now.
johnnymarr
johnnymarr - 7/8/2020, 9:32 AM
"Standout"? Cool "post-apocalyptic" aesthetics aside, the "knightmare" sequence contributed nothing to the story. "Style over substance". Absolutely unnecessary. It just disturbed the flow of an already troubled film.
SnideCut
SnideCut - 7/8/2020, 9:23 PM
@johnnymarr - troubled is an understatement.
SnideCut
SnideCut - 7/8/2020, 9:23 PM
No wonder it felt so shoehorned in.
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