Batman v Superman: What We Know So Far About Dawn Of Justice
For a long time it was said that Warner Bros. and DC Comics were prepping a Justice League movie for release in 2015. Seemingly a reaction to the incredible success of Marvelís The Avengers, it looked like we were finally going to see heroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash unite on the big screen in live-action for the first time ever.
Thatís no longer the case. After months of reports, rumors and speculation, the dream of a 2015 Justice League movie fell apart. But in its place, rising from the ashes like a phoenix, is an entirely different project for comic book fans to be excited for: a Superman/Batman movie in 2016.
The film has been officially titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and, collecting all of the news that has come out since the new movie Ė and sequel to Man of Steel - was announced, we've broken down absolutely everything we know about the project thus far. When is the movie coming out in theaters? Who is directing? Who will star? Whatís the story going to be about? Find all of the answers to those questions and more below!
Zack Snyder & David GoyerGiven that Man of Steel made more than $660 million worldwide, there was very little chance that director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer wouldnít return for the sequel, and that assumption was proven true when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced at Comic-Con 2013 with Snyder directing and working with Goyer to develop the story. While Goyer wrote the original drafts of the screenplay, eventually Academy Award winning Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio picked up the pen. Production has begun, with the finished product scheduled hit theaters on March 26, 2016. (Much earlier than we originally thought.) What's more, Snyder is also now officially attached to direct the upcoming Justice League movie, which Batman v Superman will directly lead into.
The StoryWhen Warner Bros. announced that they would be moving forward with a Superman/Batman movie, they didnít include a plot synopsis telling us what the movie is about Ė but the title does provide us with an interesting hint. While we expect that they will end up fighting for the same side by the end of the story, the title of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice suggests that the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel will be starting the film as enemies. In the footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, it was suggested that the Man of Steel has as big a beef with the Caped Crusader as the latter does with the former Ė but the reasoning is still unclear. How the story will deal with all of the major supporting characters also remains a mystery.
SupermanFollowing in the footsteps of Marvel Studios and starting to build a larger cinematic universe, Warner Bros. is making Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice both to introduce a new take on the Caped Crusader and to build on what has already been established with the Man of Tomorrow. As was expected, Henry Cavill will be returning to play Clark Kent/Superman and will continue to learn how to live up to his destiny while also trying to find his place on Earth with humanity. Something tells us that the hero will probably also have to deal with the fact that Man of Steel not only had him killing his enemy, General Zod, but also leveling half of Metropolis in the battle beforehand. There have been reports suggesting that the film will feature scenes where people actually protest against the existence of Superman on Earth Ė though, at the same time we have also heard that the film will feature the unveiling of a statue dedicated to the superhero following his world-saving efforts. Basically, expect the world to be split on the opinion of whether or not Superman is a positive or negative presence on our planet.
BatmanIt only took about a month after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced for Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. to find the actor they wanted to play the Dark Knight, and the name they officially landed on was Ben Affleck. As had been assumed beforehand, the casting confirmed that the new version of the Caped Crusader would be a veteran hero, and he has since been described as "tired and weary and seasoned." The look of the new Batsuit looks like it was ripped right off the pages of Frank Millerís The Dark Knight Returns, so don't be too surprised if the attitude matches the aesthetic.
The BatmobileDirectors Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher brought us Batmobiles full of flash and style, and Christopher Nolan made one that was essentially a tank, but for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder has found a design that basically splits the difference between those two styles. Pictured above is the brand new model, which was released after months of teasing. Some have objected to the presence of a giant gun turret on the front given Batmanís rules against killing, but who says that it actually fires lethal ammo? Maybe itís loaded with rubber bullets. Regardless, we canít wait to see this thing tearing through the streets of Gotham and, perhaps, Metropolis. And seeing it parked in front of this potential stand in for Wayne Manor!
Wonder WomanIt turns out that Batman and Superman wonít be the only legendary DC Comics superheroes that wind up being in the Man of Steel sequel. Buzz about Wonder Womanís potential involvement in the 2015 blockbuster began when Thor: The Dark World star Jaimie Alexander revealed that she has had a meeting with DC Comics about possible projects, but now the rumor has been confirmed as true. Gal Gadot, who screen-tested for the part "in November has been cast as Princess Diana of Themyscira. The actress reportedly beat out both Olga Kurylenko, Elodie Yung for the part. Itís currently unclear how she will fit into the film. Word is that Gadot is contracted to appear in three movies for Warner Bros. The first is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the second is a Justice League movie, and the third is a Wonder Woman solo film. What about her origins, though? In a recent interview, producer Charles Roven confirms that Wonder Woman is a demi-god, that she's a "goddess," and her father is Zeus. So that clears up some of the rumors of her origins in Snyder's film.
Read on to find out whether we'll get a female Robin and to find out which other superheroes will be in Batman v Superman..
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