With the premiere of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” only a month and a half away, Warner Bros. has released a series of tie-in comics by Christos Gage and Joe Bennett via their campaign with Dr. Pepper.
In order to access the comics, fans must download the Blippar mobile app and use it to scan specially marked 20 oz. Dr Pepper bottles. Each of the five issues features one particular character — Batman, Superman, Lois Lane, Senator Finch and Lex Luthor — and leads into the film by providing some context for the chilly atmosphere and antagonism the titular characters encounter.
Take Superman, for instance. While trailers levy a sense of universal suspicion against the Man of Steel, the comic reveals he has some support behind closed doors. One member of Senator Finch’s council argues in his favor, although the general preceding the meeting counters him heavily and Finch appears to lean towards anti-Superman rhetoric. While the general questions Superman’s motivations and mental state, the council member points to Superman’s non-political humanitarian work, like rescuing the passengers of a runaway train and helping the victims of natural disasters.
However, the non-political nature of Superman’s rescues are also brought into question. One newscaster argues Superman should involve himself in wars in order to stop innocents from being hurt, while another counters that such acts could give some countries — like North Korea — justification to act against Superman with something like a nuclear deterrent.
Superman’s step into the limelight isn’t the only world-changing aspect of his battle against Zod in “Man of Steel.” The fight in Metropolis left Kryptonian tech scattered all throughout the ruins, and the black market — in addition to Lex Luthor — has set its sights on these valuable pieces of technology. In her comic, Lois Lane confronts a corrupt business man whose company discovered such tech and sold it into the black market for a hefty price tag.
The comics also confirm some information we’ve known thanks to trailers and interviews. For example, two thieves comment on Batman’s methods of stopping crime, which became far more brutal after the Kryptonian battle in Metropolis. Lois Lane proves her worth as an investigative reporter capable of taking care of herself, regardless of whether or not she’s dating Superman. Lex Luthor skillfully plays the press into his hands, focusing on the ingenuity of mankind in the wake of the Metropolis tragedy while casting doubt on Superman’s public reception.