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 Marvel’s 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.

That’s 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 – 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? What’s the story going to be about? Find all of the answers to those questions and more below!

Henry Cavill and Zack Snyder on Man of Steel
Zack Snyder & David Goyer
Given that Man of Steel has already made $630 million worldwide, there was very little chance that director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer wouldn’t 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.

Batman vs. Superman logo
The Story
When Warner Bros. announced at Comic-Con that they would be moving forward with a Superman/Batman movie, they didn’t include a plot synopsis telling us what the movie is about – but titles for the film mentioned by Goyer suggest that the film will have Superman and Batman at each other’s throats. During the panel celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Superman, the screenwriter told the audience, "We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s–that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening." Combined with Harry Lennix’s 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)

Henry Cavill as Superman
Superman
Following 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.
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