Batman v Superman: What We Know So Far About Dawn Of Justice

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The idea of a Batman/Superman movie has been around so long that it was even made into an Easter Egg gag in the Will Smith action movie I Am Legend - the film jokingly dated for release only after the Earth had been devastated by an apocalyptic plague. Fortunately, it doesnít look like weíll have to wait for the end of the world to finally see the movie, as Zack Snyder will be delivering Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.

The project was first announced all the way back in summer 2013 at San Diego Comic Con, and in the time since then weíve seen a seemingly endless stream of news, rumors, and even some footage pop up online. The good news is that weíve been closely following all of it, and have collected all of the need-to-know info in this handy guide. How will Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice be affected by its predecessor, Man of Steel? When is the movie coming out in theaters? Who is directing? Who will star? Find all of the answers to those questions and more below, but first let's watch the latest trailer!


So what's really going on in the film? Read on to find out everything there is to know about Batman v Superman.

Batman v Superman logo
The Story
Warner Bros. released an official plot synopsis for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and watching the footage weíve seen so far, one can at least kind of pick up on what this movie is putting down. It seems that the world of the growing DC Cinematic Universe has labeled Superman (Henry Cavill) a controversial figure after the events seen in Man of Steel, and while there are many in the world who see him as a superhero, there are many others who view him as an extreme threat. Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman (Ben Affleck) falls into the latter category, having been at ground zero during Supesí big climactic battle with General Zod, and uses his incredible resources to do what he can to try and stop the perceived alien menace.

Henry Cavill and Zack Snyder on Man of Steel
Zack Snyder & David Goyer
Given 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 wrapped up in 2014, and the finished product is 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.

Henry Cavill as Superman
Superman
Following 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 mentioned, Henry Cavill will be returning to play Clark Kent/Superman, and is expected to continue to learn how to live up to his destiny, while also trying to find his place on Earth with humanity. The hero will definitely have to deal with the fact that Man of Steel had him not only killing his enemy, General Zod, but also leveling half of Metropolis in the battle beforehand. Going by the footage weíve seen, it doesnít look like heís extremely uncomfortable with either his deification or the incredible amount of hate for him swelling in society Ė though it does seem like he has some kind of grudge against the "bat vigilante."

Batman
Batman
It 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 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, and it would seem that the characterís attitude matches the aesthetic (what with wanting to make Superman bleed and all). Itís been rumored that this version of Batman has actually already gotten rid of crime in Gotham City and has basically taken the place over, but there is no evidence to currently support that claim. What we do know is that he was deeply affected by Supermanís actions in Metropolis, and has a desire for revenge.
Batmobile
The Batmobile
Directors 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. We've recently learned some of the specs of the new Batmobile, and it is an impressive ride to be sure. In addition to the .50 caliber machine guns, it is fully armored, equipped with anti-ballistics devices, stealth capable, and weighs a whopping 7000 pounds. Oh yeah, it also has a top speed of 205 mph.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
Despite the title of the movie, Batman and Superman wonít be the only legendary DC Comics superheroes that wind up being in this Man of Steel sequel. Gadot, who screen-tested for the part "in November 2013 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 an interview, producer Charles Roven confirmed that Wonder Woman is a demi-god, that she's a "goddess," and her father is Zeus. So that clears up some of the speculation regarding where she came from in Snyder's film. In addition to being the daughter of Zeus, we also recently learned that Wonder Woman will be hundreds of years old by the time the action of Batman v Superman rolls around.

Robin
Robin
Fans haven't necessarily been clamoring to see The Boy Wonder on screen - but ever since director Christopher Nolan sidestepped Batman's sidekick in his Bat-trilogy, we've been curious as to whether Robin ever would show up on screen again. There have been rumos suggesting that that Sucker Punch alum Jena Malone, who visited Snyder's Michigan set, now sports the red hairdo of one Carrie Kelley, the version of Robin from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns - but that has not yet been confirmed. What we do know, however, is that this version of Batman has at least had a Robin before. Featured in the San Diego Comic-Con 2015 trailer is the costume of the famous sidekick, which is spray-painted with what appears to be an ominous message from Jared Letoís Joker.

Aquaman
Aquaman
Much like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Flash, Aquaman was a founding member of the Justice League when the team was first introduced in 1960, and DC and Warner Bros. seem to be continuing that legacy by having the aquatic hero be a part of the first live-action feature version of the group. We first started hearing whispers about a big screen version of Aquaman during summer 2014 when it was reported that Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa had landed the role and would be making a cameo appearance in Batman v Superman. The actor spent months deflecting questions about it, but it was finally confirmed in October 2014. Itís unclear what his role in Zack Snyderís next film will be, but he will appear in the badass costume that you see above. Not only do we know that the King of Atlantis will be getting his own movie, in addition to this one and the Justice League films, Furious 7 director James Wan has landed the job directing his impending solo adventure.

Cyborg
Cyborg
Set to be played by stage actor Ray Fisher, Victor Stone a.k.a. Cyborg is yet another DC Comics hero who will be making his live-action debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While we canít be certain about his exact role in the movie or even within the larger cinematic universe being built, one can predict that the character will be adapted from the recent New 52 line of comics that saw the character transform from being a star high school football player into a half-machine superhero following an explosion at his fatherís lab. Cyborgís role is expected to be rather small in the Man of Steel sequel, but he will likely be a big part of Justice League and has his own solo movie coming in 2020.

Flash
The Flash
When Warner Bros. announced their DC Cinematic Universe slate through 2020 back in fall 2014, it came with the reveal that the studio had hired Ezra Miller to play the big screen version of Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash Ė with the character getting his own solo movie in 2018. However, what role The Flash may play in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice remains a mystery. It has been 100 percent confirmed that Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg will be in the Zack Snyder movie, but it has not yet been said if we can expect to see any of the Scarlet Speedster in action.

Jesse Eisenberg Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice obviously has tremendous deal of hero power working in its favor, but you didnít really think it would be leaving out the supervillains, did you? Enter Lex Luthor. Warner Bros. has confirmed that the bald-headed master criminal will be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and whatís more he will be played by none other than Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg. 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. We donít quite know what to expect in terms of how this adaptation will be similar or different from the many different incarnations of the character we've seen over the years (Eisenberg apparently isnít reading the comics to prepare for his role), but some set photos have suggested that he will be a rich, sociopathic maniac who plays with peopleís minds just for fun. In the footage weíve seen he certainly comes across as a serious manipulator, as thereís some suggestion that he has both a senator and Superman wrapped around his finger. It should be a fascinating performance.

Lois Lane
Lois Lane
You didnít really think that the follow-up to Man of Steel would only be bringing back Superman, did you? In the studio press release that was sent around first announcing the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, it was confirmed that the 2016 title will also feature the return of Amy Adams as Lois Lane, the smart, witty reporter who both met and fell in love with Clark Kent/Superman in the last movieThe new film will further explore the relationship between Clark and Lois, and the footage has shown us that she is standing by the Kryptonian even as the public debates whether or not he should be allowed to exist.

Jeremy Irons
Alfred Pennyworth
With 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 if the DC Cinematic Universe will have a new version of Commissioner Gordon, at the very least we know who will be playing Batmanís ever-loyal butler and guardian, Alfred Pennyworth. Announced the same day as Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons boarded Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to pall around with Ben Affleck in the Batcave. We canít say at this point how this new incarnation will differ from the previous big screen versions played by Michael Gough and Michael Caine, but the trailers have suggested that heís not big on the idea of Batman confronting Superman.

Doomsday
Doomsday
Dawn of Justice is already a movie that is full of familiar DC heroes and villains, but the rumor is that one more evil doer may be at this particular party: Doomsday. While Lex Luthor will reportedly serves as the brains, accounts making the rounds state that Doomsday, who you may remember killed Superman in the comics back in the 1990s, will apparently serve as the muscle. The creation of an alien scientist, designed as the perfect weapon, Doomsday is certainly a physical force to be reckoned with, and with that recent official synopsis mentioning a new threat that puts all of humanity in the crosshairs, he certainly fits that bill. Itís also possible that this fresh danger could lead to Batman and Superman setting aside their differences in order to serve the greater good. As vicious as their clash will be, it seems unlikely that either will ultimately be killed off, and this is one workaround. We don't know for sure that he's involved, but it is looking more and more likely.

Batwing
The Batwing
Bruce Wayne has nearly unlimited access to money and consequently has all of those badass crime fighting toys weíve always been jealous of. So of course the Batmobile isnít going to be his only means of transportation. We caught a quick glimpse of the Batwing in the Dawn of Justice trailer, and some concept art showed off an even better picture. Given that Superman can fly, it stands to reason that Bats is going to need a vehicle that will allow him to follow the Kryptonian should he decide to fly the coop. Weíve seen the armaments in action, thanks to the trailer, but you have to assume this will also be a fast, well-armored, maneuverable craft in order to contend with Kal-Elís abilities. And just to be on the safe side, should Superman get his hands on the Batwing, Bruce has probably installed some powerful defenses, or at least a couple of backdoor escape hatches.
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