14 New Facts from "Batman v Superman" Companion Guide

New Superman Facts From the Companion Book

The "Batman v Superman" Companion Guide gives some basic background on the characters in the Superman movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

While the book has a ton of information about Batman, this article focuses on the Superman facts.

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Clark Kent is Doing Fluff Pieces

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Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros. Pictures

Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) is the newer and less experienced reporter. Perry White appreciates his "integrity and excellent journalism but assigns him "lighter stories" like sports teams and store openings. He balances his assignments and "need for information he can use as Superman".

This makes sense because  we don't know how much experience Clark has as  journalist. Why would they trust him?

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Clark is Suspicious of Lex Luthor

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Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros. Pictures

Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is rebuilding areas after the "Battle of Metropolis". But Clark knows Lex's agenda goes beyond that. He's trying to figure out why a "tech businessman is so interested in Superman". He thinks he's hiding "pretty big secrets". 

Of course, he's right.

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LexCorp Was Started in the 60's

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LexCorp Building from "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros. Pictures

LexCorp was started by Lex Luthor's father Alexander Luthor Sr. in the 1960's. After he died, Lex moved the company into computers. The LexCorp building was built in the 1980s but has been remodeled. 

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LexCorp is Bigger than Apple

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros Pictures

While Apple Inc. is the most successful tech company in America, in Batman v Superman, LexCorp is the most successful company in America.

Luthor is building a new skyscraper called LexCorp Tower. Previously we learned that the tower was destroyed in the attack and is being rebuilt.

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The Daily Planet is Still There

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The Daily Planet globe from "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros. Pictures

The Daily Planet is Metropolis' "most distinguished newspaper". The building is a city landmark and people often pose with the globe in the lobby.

The building was pretty much destroyed in the Battle, but they saved the globe.

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New York is Older Than Metropolis

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Action Comics #148 (1938) gave the history of Metropolis. The city was established in 1644 when a Native American tribe sold "Metropolis Island" to the European settlers. In real life, New York was established when Native Americans sold Manhattan Island to Dutch settlers in 1626.

In the new movies, the city of Metropolis was established in 1661.

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Superman Has a Super Brain

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Superman (Henry Cavill) in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros. Pictures

Superman's super-speed is also matched by "lightning reflexes", speed and reaction time. Otherwise, he'd crash into things all the time.

In the 60s and 70s, Superman had a perfect memory and a genius-level intellect, so this might be a return to this concept.

Note: It's been pointed out that Superman is still very smart, but he's nowhere near as smart as in previous comics where he would build complex machines to instantly turn people Black.

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Metropolis Loves Superman

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"Heroes Park" in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros. Pictures

The memorial park, known as "Heroes Park", was built where the Black Zero ship crashed into Metropolis. A statue was erected in honor of Superman acts to save the city. It's a huge tourist attraction.

While Batman and the U.S. Government are suspicious of Superman, obviously, not everyone is angry at him.

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Nothing Can Stop Superman

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Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) in "Man of Steel" (2013). Warner Bros. Pictures

We saw Superman in the middle of a burning oil rig, and the freezing cold of Antarctica. The book also says he can withstand the force of an explosion and "nothing on Earth can stop Superman".

Batman would disagree.

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Superman Can See Through Anything

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"Man of Steel" (2013). Warner Bros. Pictures

His x-ray vision has been honed to pinpoint accuracy. He can see through a building. If someone is next to him, he can see what's in their pockets.

It doesn't mention if his x-ray vision is blocked by lead. If not, his vision is more powerful than ever.

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Superman Can Hear the World

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros. Pictures

The book says that Superman's hearing is so well-trained he can pick out a single voice from "miles away" and the softest sound in the "middle of a screaming crowd".

Hopefully, they don't make him hear in the vacuum of space like in Superman Returns. Because that's just dumb.

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Superman's Heat Vision Rocks

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Superman (Henry Cavill) in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros. Pictures

In Man of Steel General Zod had very little control over his heat vision. He just used it to blow holes in everything. Superman has a lot more control. The book says that Superman creates his heat vision by focusing the energy in his cells.

He can make a "gentle beam" to heat up a doorknob, or he can make a focused beam to cut through a sheet of metal. 

We've seen in the trailers that he can "unleash a large and super-strong beam that acts as a blast of energy."

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Superman is Strongest of All

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Superman (Henry Cavill) in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros. Pictures

Superman's strength has varied in different incarnations. From the book, this Superman sounds like the strongest of all of them.

Thanks to the sun's radiation he's strong enough to "bend steel bars" or "crush diamonds". He can lift thousands of tons of weight "again and again" without getting tired.

In Superman III, we saw Superman crush a diamond into coal, but we've never seen him crush anything with the density of a diamond. We've never seen a Superman this strong in the movies.

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Superman Has a Secret Identity Because People Don't Trust Him

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Superman (Henry Cavill) in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Warner Bros. Pictures

Many people around the world embrace Superman, but some don't trust him. Superman came from the same planet as the alien invaders. Superman doesn't answer to anyone, not even the government.

About Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) opened March 25, 2016 in RealD 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters on March 25, 2016. It was rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality. It stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Gal Gadot. 

Official Synopsis: "Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.  And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before."

Official Site: http://batmanvsuperman.dccomics.com/

Final Thoughts

The book is written for children, so a lot of the information is pretty basic, but there are some great new things to learn about Superman in the DC Films. It's worth picking up. Go buy it!