One of the most anticipated features for Ben Affleck’s Batman is his Batmobile. At the “Meet the Family” Speaker series by original Batmobile creator George Barris, Henry Cavill News uncovered an update on Batfleck’s ride. Cassandra Salapatas-Metz, Assistant Director of Transportation at Warner Bros., was also in attendance, as well as moderator and comedian Jeff Dunham. The site asked Salapatas-Metz if we could see a first look at the Batmobile at Comic-Con, and she replies, “Well, I’m not at liberty to say, but I think you might have a point there. But I think.. let’s put it this way, it’s been spoken of.. so always possible. We’re at the ready, us teamsters.. we’re ready to roll if need be.” Dunham then drops in, revealing that the Batmobile is finished. “And the other Bat.. the new Batmobile is finished, but no one’s seen it.” Salapatas-Metz agrees, reaffirming that the vehicle is under wraps.
There is no doubt that Ben Affleck’s casting as the Caped Crusader was a polarizing announcement. However, one supporter of the Batfleck is Michael Keaton, who played the role in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns. Speaking on The Today Show (via Metro), Keaton comments on Affleck playing Batman, as well as the reactions to the news. “He’s going to be great. I don’t follow it much, but I guess there was some sort of… I don’t know why people get excited about things. Frankly, I don’t understand it.” Keaton can currently be seen in theaters in RoboCop, while his next film, Need for Speed, opens this week.
Finally, we have more comments from Clancy Brown on Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor. In an interview with ComicBook.com, the frequent Lex voice actor says Eisenberg is an “awesome” and “inspired” choice for the role, saying that he is a great fit for a modern version of the villain. “Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor is awesome. I think it’s an inspired choice. I think he’s just going to knock it out of the park. He’s kind of perfect in so many ways for this day and age and that character. I don’t think there’s going to be any question he’s going to rock with it.” Again, the announcement of Eisenberg playing Luthor has been very controversial, but it’s good to see the seal of approval from arguably the best actor to embody the role.
Batman vs. Superman (not the final title) is scheduled to hit theaters May 6th, 2016. The follow-up to Man of Steel, the next installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne. Zack Snyder directs from a script by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio.
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