An Atomic Moo Book Review
Okay El Moochadores, it took awhile, but I finally got a chance to read the Tech Manual for Batman v. Superman. Published by Titan Books, 2016, and written by Adam Newell and Sharon Gosling, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Tech Manual (wow – long title) is nearly comprehensive review of all the gear, vehicles, and costumes used in the film. Check out the official synopsis below:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Tech Manual is a definitive guide to the weaponry and props created for the movie. It closely examines the Utility Belt, the Batwing, grappling hook and batarang. Everything in the Batcave is explored down to the construction of the set and the graphics from Bruce Wayne’s mainframe. This official volume also goes deeper in to the world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, showcasing Superman’s Kryptonian suit and Wonder Woman’s iconic weaponry.
The official companion book to the new movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Tech Manual,features interviews with concept artists, the film’s weapon’s master, the mechanic for the Batmobile, and Zack Snyder himself.
Now the review! First, I want to apologize to Titan Books. It was incredibly cool of them to provide us with both the Tech Manual and The Art of Batman v. Superman (review coming soon!) a couple of months back, but it’s taken me a while to get the review online. It was my goal to post about both books when the film released, but because of life and work stuff, I just wasn’t able to do it.
Second; I got this book before seeing the film, and now I’m finding it hard to reconcile my personal views of the film with writing an objective review about the tech manual. So, I’ll start by just putting it out there: I hated the movie. I’m not going to nerd rage, and I know this post isn’t a review of the movie, but I really don’t like this darker take on Batman and Superman. However; I do like Zack Snyder’s other films, and I think Ben Affleck could make an awesome Batman, and you can’t get a better Wonder Woman than Gal Godot… but all the same: I hate these films (this last one and the prior Superman movie) so much that I found it kind of difficult to open these books to write a review.
Though I won’t go into why I hate (yeah, “dislike” just doesn’t feel strong enough) these films, I can honestly report that Titan Books put together an amazing Tech Manual. This is a beautiful volume that thoroughly reviews the props, vehicles, and sets used on Batman v. Superman. It’s kind of mind blowing the level of detail the film makers put into the practical effects. Much of what we saw on the film actually existed and wasn’t just some digital paint up. I actually enjoyed reading about the level of detail that went into conceptualizing the Bat suit, Bat Cave, Gauntlets, and even the shaping of the Batarang. Everything from his utility belt to his “mech suit” are shown off in a series of excellent photos and diagrams. Though most of the volume focuses on Batman, there are chapters (towards the end) that discuss the costumes and equipment made for Superman and Wonder Woman. Actually, it kind of blows me away that they put so much detail into the making of the Bat-mobile, rope guns, and Wonder Woman’s sword, but they couldn’t shell out for a semi decent script. Okay, that was snide, but the tech manual itself is an excellent example of design. Between the covers (and the cover art is frigg’n great!) are dozens of never before seen photos, art, and concept designs, all accompanied with comments and notes by the film makers. If you’re a person interested in learning about prop creation, or everything behind the scenes on a film, then you’re going to want this tech manual. If you’re like me (tall, handsome, wise…), and you like drawing stuff, the tech manual is a great resource for references and styles. I may hate Snyder’s take on superheroes, but I’m for damn sure going to be using this book for some pretty cool art. Art that maybe shows Batman not murdering the shit out of people… or Jonathan Kent never (ever!) telling a young Clark that maybe he should’ve just let the kids in the bus die… Yeah, I hate these movies.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film is now available in all major book stores, or you can get your copy online at Titan Books! Check out a few sample images below I took with my iPhone. Yeah, kind of sucks, but I still don’t have a scanner and I don’t like pulling the images from the web.