Book Review: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice: Tech Manual

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I would consider this the real artbook compared to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film which is more like a making-of book.

Tech Manual is also sort of like a making-of book except that it focuses on all the props that you see in the movie.

So is this an artbook or making-of book? Well, the thing is, you won't see a lot of conceptual stuff, like those hand drawn art or sketches. What's included in the book are mostly the finalised designs. There are schematics, 3D renders, and photos of the props.

Highlight of the book is you get to see lots of photos and designs from different angles from close and far. There's also a generous amount of text talking about how they are made and used in the film.

The props included are divided into main sections, namely Batsuit, Armory, Vehicles, Batcave, Superman and Wonder Woman. Within in section, several pages are devoted to covering each prop, or in the case of Batsuit, you can read about the body armor, cowl, cape, utility belt, gauntlets, mech suit and the Knightmare Batman. You can also check out the extensive set of accessories from Batman, such as the Batarangs, grappling gun, guns, sticky bombs, and other tech.

More emphasis goes to the Batwing and Batmobile. There are like 20 pages for each one. You get to see the vehicles from different angles, the schematics and also behind-the-scenes photos of the actual prop that was built.

The section for Batcave is not as much. It focuses on the interior and the props seen in the cave. The section for Superman and Wonder Woman is also not much, but it does cover the costume design and for Wonder Woman, her different swords, shield and the rope.

So overall, there's a lot on Batman and his toys.

This is not like other artbooks with beautiful paintings. There's not even a single one. The focus is more on showing you the props and how they were made. To me, this book is more enjoyable than the other book which has too many film stills. I can recommend this easily to fans of the film.

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