Batman vs. Superman Movie: What We Know So Far
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.
Collecting all of the news that has come out since the new movie Ė and sequel to Man of Steel - was announced, we have broken down absolutely everything that we know about the Superman/Batman movie thus far. When is the movie coming out in theaters? Who is directing? Who is going to 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 has already made $630 million worldwide, there was very little chance that director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer wouldnít be returning for the sequel, and that assumption was proven true when the Superman/Batman movie was announced at Comic-Con 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 is aiming to start up this spring with the finished product scheduled hit theaters on May 6, 2016.
The StoryWhen Warner Bros. announced at Comic-Con 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 titles for the film mentioned by Goyer suggest that the film will have Superman and Batman at each otherís throats. During the panel celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Superman, the screenwriter told the audience, "Weíre actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, itísĖthat rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and thatís happening." Combined with Harry Lennixís aggressive "Dark Knight Returns" quote at Comic-Con and the fact that Warner Bros. has registered both BatmanvsSupermanMovie.com and Batmanvs.Superman.com and there appears to be a good amount of evidence suggesting that Superman and Batman will be enemies before they become friends. How all of the supporting characters wind up coming into play still remains a question mark. (Image via DeviantArt)
SupermanFollowing in the footsteps of Marvel Studios and starting to build a larger cinematic universe, Warner Bros. is making the Superman/Batman movie both to introduce a new take on the Dark Knight 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 in 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, but also leveling half of Metropolis in the battle beforehand.
BatmanIt only took about a month after the Batman vs. Superman movie 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." We still donít know much about the look we can expect, but if Kevin Smith is to be trusted then apparently the design is "mindbending."
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 vs. Superman, the second is a Justice League movie, and the third is a Wonder Woman film.
Lois LaneYou didnít really think that the sequel to Man of Steel would only be bringing back Superman, did you? In the studio press release that was sent around announcing the Superman/Batman movie it was confirmed that the 2016 title will also feature the return of Amy Adams as Lois Lane, the quick reporter who both met and fell in love with Clark Kent/Superman in the last movie. Presumably the new film will further explore the relationship between Clark and Lois, but right now itís unclear how she will fit into the larger plot.
Lex LuthorFor an epic pairing like Superman and Batman you need an epic villain, and that means bringing in a true-blue nemesis. Enter Lex Luthor. Warner Bros. has confirmed that the bald-headed master criminal will be in Batman vs. Superman, and whatís more they have also announced that Jesse Eisenberg will be taking on the role. This is the first time on the big screen that we have seen Superman and Lex portrayed as the same age, so this should definitely make for an interesting match-up. What his plans entail, we have no idea.
Alfred PennyworthWith the end of Christopher Nolanís Dark Knight movies comes the need to recast all of the important side characters in the Bat-centric sphere of the DC Universe, and while weíre still waiting to hear about who will play the new Commissioner Gordon, at the very least we now have our new Alfred Pennyworth. Announced the same day as Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons has boarded Batman vs. Superman to play the most famous butler in comic book history and will be palling around with Ben Affleck in the Batcave.
Batman & Supermanís Known AssociatesWe can expect any number of supporting characters from both the worlds of Superman and Batman to collide in Zack Snyderís Man of Steel sequel, but for right now only two others have been confirmed. When the Batman/Superman movie was announced at San Diego Comic-Con it was also revealed that both Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane would be coming back as Perry White and Martha Kent, respectively. Hopefully it wonít be long until we hear about even more casting.
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