Once again, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is accidentally hilarious.
Today, the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice production released the image you see to your right, our first official glimpse of how a more seasoned Superman is going to look in the period after General Zod almost destroyed Metropolis (and the Indian Ocean!) during Man of Steel. Unfortunately, the response has been, well, probably not what Warner Bros. was hoping for.
I almost feel kind of bad for Zach Snyder at this point. Every single time something new from Batman v. Superman is released, everyone ends up laughing and pointing as though Zach forgot to wear pants to school one morning. It almost feels unfair. It isn’t as if this stuff is necessarily bad, on a technical level anyway. But it’s so super* grimdark, and seems to be trying so desperately to be taken seriously and to evoke profound feelings in you that you start to think they must be making a parody. I mean, look at it: Superman apparently got dumped in-between movies and is now walking in the rain just to get wet on purpose. It gets better Supes, I swear!
But not for you, Zach. People are going to keep having fun with the stuff you release until by 2016 we’re all going to think the movie is called Batman v. Superman: The Notebook. Then again, maybe that’s his plan all along. Obviously, he can’t have been ignorant to how Sad Batman struck fear into the hearts of emo criminals, right? Which means he must want everyone to photoshop Mopey Teenage Superman** like it’s about to fall victim to wartime rationing.
And they are! For your amusement are 13 of the funniest (and best) responses to Superman In The Rain. Enjoy yourselves, and when you’re done, be sure and pop any you see into comments. We may do a follow-up gallery with the results.
* Pun definitely intended.
** an official meme name hasn’t coalesced around these images yet. Sorry.
First up, someone at least had the decency to get the Man of Steel an umbrella. He’s going to catch his death of cold!
Source: Todd Spence over on Break.com
More like Dawn of Passion amirite?
Source: Ali Arkan.
To me, this Superman is perfect*.
Source: Someone who calls themselves “Darth”.
* Love, Actually is still a shit movie, however.
Never has the cheesy 1990 club hit “Sunshine on a Rainy Day” felt more appropriate for an action movie.
Source: Lee Binding.
As photoshops go, this one is just so-so. But, as taking-the-piss-out-of-Zach-Snyders go, this is epic genius.
Source: Deja M. Burt.
The crumminess of this photoshop job is matched only by the intensity of how it counteracts every mopey instinct of people who think the 90s represent the artistic peak of the comics medium.
Source: Patrick Dean.
This one isn’t funny, but it is an impressive bit of color correction that finally gives us a Superman who doesn’t appear somewhat embarrassed to be wearing the iconic outfit.
Source: bob McCow.
Admit it, you were thinking the same thing, right?
By far the single greatest take on this photo, hands-down.
Source: Man of Steel Fan Page.
I’ll just quote Aaron Burdette verbatim: “Wow, Henry Cavill is looking GREAT in Batman vs. Superman.”
Source: Aaron Burdette
Not a photoshop job obviously, but it’s definitely the batman v. Superman concept we need, even if it isn’t the one we deserve right now.
Source: Francis Flisiuk.
Just click the link below and you’ll get the joke.
Source: Daniel kibblesmith on Twitter.
Finally, the Superman we all wish we could get.
Source: Sam Hanover.