Batman Vs. Superman Producer Compares The Mature Dark Knight And The Inexperienced Man Of Steel

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-11-19 16:18:18discussion comments
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With Warner Bros. setting a firm July 17, 2015 release date, the upcoming Batman vs. Superman is now a bullet train on its way to becoming a reality. Cameras are scheduled to start rolling early next year to allow for enough time for both production and post, and the people behind the scenes are working quickly to get everything in place. Considering Man of Steel just came out five months ago it seems like the whole thing is moving extremely fast, but according to producer Charles Roven everything that's happening now has been a long time coming.

"On Batman vs. Superman, we started soft prep in June, and we’ll be shooting eight months later," Roven recently told Variety during an interview, confirming that production is set to start in February of next year. He added, "We felt that we accomplished our goals with Man of Steel. Our intention was to bring Superman into the 21st century with a contemporary character and a different kind of superhero than what’s out there right now."

Of course, dealing with the Superman story is only half of the development of a Batman vs. Superman movie. In order to combine those two character properly into one movie, a plan needed to be orchestrated, and it was from that plan that screenwriter David Goyer began to put together a script. As of now, the project has a first draft done that needs some tweaking, but Roven says that will be a common occurrence throughout the entire production process. "Those scripts are never fully finished until the movie is in the theaters," he said. "We love the characters — we think that Ben [Affleck] is going to be a really great and interesting Batman."

Variety took the opportunity to ask Roven about the controversy that was the Affleck casting, and the producer took the chance to explain why the actor was chosen - namely for his "big" and "mature" look.
"We wanted a guy who had a certain age and a certain gravitas to what he had done in terms of his recent work. If you take a look at The Town and Argo, he plays a couple of serious guys in those movies. He’s a big man. He’s also a mature man. As you see him and Henry [Cavill] together, one definitely has much more experience just by looking at him. That’s what we wanted, particularly juxtaposed against our Superman."

Batman will certainly need all the experience he can get if he really is going toe-to-toe with Superman as the rumored title of the film suggests. Hopefully we'll start learning more about the movie's plot soon as casting develops and we getting a better picture of who will be making up the supporting cast. To keep track of all of the latest rumors about the project, be sure to check out our feature "Batman vs. Superman: What We Know So Far."
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