In 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrived in cinemas. The film – which starred Ben Affleck in the role of Batman – saw the Caped Crusader locked in battle with Superman, and featured a supporting role for Wonder Woman.
Batman v Superman marked Affleck’s debut as Batman, and it was the first live-action movie to feature the Caped Crusader since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. But was it connected to The Dark Knight Rises? Was Batman v Superman a sequel? Everything you need to know is detailed below.
Is Batman v Superman connected to The Dark Knight Rises?
If you are wondering if Batman v Superman is a sequel, then yes, yes it is – but it isn’t a sequel to The Dark Knight Rises.
The Dark Knight Rises was the third and final entry in Christopher Nolan’s seminal Dark Knight trilogy. The trilogy – which starred Christian Bale as Batman – included: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises.
Bale appeared in all three films and once the Dark Knight trilogy was concluded, this particular Batman tale was told. The story was not continued in a new movie and it certainly wasn’t connected to Batman v Superman.
Batman v Superman was instead a sequel to Man of Steel (2013). Directed by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel kick-started a new series of films, beginning with a picture focusing on Superman.
The Man of Steel story was then continued in Batman v Superman, which introduced Batman and Wonder Woman to this series. It was followed by Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017) and Justice League (2017), amongst others.
I hope this clears up any confusion. The Batman movie series can get a little jumbled at times, and it can often be difficult to navigate your way through.
If you would like more information on the Batman movie series as a whole (which films are connected and which aren’t etc), then I recommend you check out my post: What are the Batman movies? Alternatively, take a look at one of the recommended reads below.