With the release of the highly anticipated movieBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeTM, the Royal Canadian Mint is excited to introduce an unforgettable series of coins! Fearing the actions of a god-like SUPER HEROTM left unchecked, Gotham CityÕs own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on MetropolisÕs most revered, modern-day saviour, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with BATMANTM and SUPERMANTM at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than itÕs ever known before.
Established with firm Canadian roots, SUPERMANTM was the first SUPER HEROTM, spawning countless new characters in the DC COMICSTM pantheon. He was the inspiration for a new archetype that not only still exists today, but is more popular than ever. Many important Canadian visionaries continue to shape the DC COMICSTM Universe even today, lending their talents as storytellers and further building on the history that began in 1938.
The reverse image brings together vibrant colour and beautifully detailed engraving in this depiction of SUPERMANTM and BATMANTM standing back to back. The red and yellow S-shield on SUPERMANTM'S blue costume is unmistakable as the MAN OF STEELTM stands in the light and strikes a pose that conveys his incredible strength. Adding a sense of movement and energy to the design, his red cape billows softly around him and strikes a colourful contrast against the dark, shadowy figure of BATMANTM. Thanks to the pointed ears of his cowl, the DARK KNIGHTTM is easily recognizable despite having his back turned to the viewer. The dichotomy between these two characters is symbolically conveyed throughout the designÑfrom the careful play of light and shadows that define their identities, to their positioning so that they face the opposite way from one another. In the background, their side profiles are rendered as frosted silhouettes that continue this theme; and yet, these two SUPER HEROESTM share many similarities and in some sense, are Òtwo sides of the same coin.Ó Behind them, polygon shapes are carefully positioned and contrasted through the use of frosted finishes, so as to create a stunning Òshattered glassÓ effect; this visual element is highly symbolic, for it represents the ÒshatteringÓ of what was established in Man of SteelTM and the challenges that lie ahead after SUPERMANTM has revealed himself to the world.