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One of the biggest rumors to spring up at the end of last week was that Zack Snyder's upcoming comic book movie epic Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would be split into two films, but now a pretty high-up source has done his part to debunk the stories. It turns out that the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill, has heard the rumors of the film being split, and he has called them bogus.
Variety has the scoop on this new development, reporting that they caught up with Henry Cavill during the BAFTA tea at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, CA. The trade doesn't have any direct quotes from the actor, but they say that they have confirmed the rumor as false and say that the plan is still to release the feature as just one film in 2016.
This whole story kickstarted this past Friday, when a photo found its way online that was supposedly from a screening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's teaser trailer. The image suggested that the folks at Warner Bros. and DC Comics are planning on splitting the Zack Snyder film in half, and releasing part one this October with the title Batman v Superman: Enter The Knight. According to Henry Cavill, however, there doesn't seem to be any validity to that story.
I must admit that I am rather disappointed by this news. Certainly part of it is that I don't want to have to wait another 14 months to see a new DC Comics movie (that's the impatient geek portion of my brain talking), but the idea of splitting the film in half also makes a good amount of sense in my mind. Not only is Enter The Knight a great title, it also suggests the movie would be entirely dedicated to the arrival of Ben Affleck's Batman on the scene, and could focus more on the key conflict promised in the title. Then, Dawn of Justice could be used to both tell the second half of Enter The Knight's story while also expanding the DC Cinematic Universe with characters like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and Flash. The strategy would actually allow WB and DC to both have their cake and eat it too, because it would allow them more shared universe build up time in the narrative (something fans have certainly been concerned about being rushed), and also get the work out to the public sooner.
Are you happy that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is staying as two movies, or do you like the idea of it being split into two parts? Hit the comments below to tell us what you think, and look out for the film when it arrives in theaters on March 25, 2016.