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Though the project was only officially announced back in late July at San Diego Comic-Con, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel seems to be moving like a rocket. In the last couple months we've not only learned that Ben Affleck has been hired to play the new Batman, but also that the filming is going to take place in Detroit, that the Dark Knight in the film will be "'tired And weary and seasoned," and that production will be gearing to start up early next year. Speaking with the Associated Press (via SlashFilm), screenwriter David Goyer says that one of the most exciting things about the project thus far is that the movie is actually "a bit a further a long than what [he thinks] people realize," but that speed also means that Snyder and Goyer aren't necessarily paying that much attention to fan suggestion and input.

"From a fan point of view, we’re conscious of that when you’re working on these things, but you can’t let yourself be paralyzed by that," the screenwriter said in the recent interview. "At the end of the day you still have to create something." Going further, Goyer even says that listening to too much fan input can actually hamper personal creativity, as he is no longer writing the script he wants to write. "Where does it end?" he said. "You have to write the story that you want to write, and hope that people want to see it."

The speed at which the project is moving really shouldn't surprise anyone. While it took a while for Man of Steel to come together, spending a few years in development, that time was likely spent not only setting up the plot for the first film, but also mapping out ideas for the future. It's possible that Goyer knew that Batman was going to be in the sequel all the way back in 2010.

In the same interview with AP, the writer also addressed the question that comic book fans have been asking for decades: who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman? Goyer himself started speculation that the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel would be going head-to-head in the upcoming film when he suggested at Comic-Con that the title of the movie might be Batman vs. Superman, but now he has gone a bit more in depth about the match-up. So who would he bet on in the fight?
"Most comic book purest would says Batman because he is the ultimate strategist. Even though it makes no sense what so ever. If Superman just flicked his finger Batman would be done for. I don't know. You'll have to watch the film in a year and a half or whatnot when it comes out to see what happens."

In addition to starring Affleck as Batman, the sequel will also see the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and the film will be in theaters on July 17, 2015.

(Image via DeviantArt)

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