We got our first look at Ben Affleck’s Batman a couple months ago, and now, the latest promotional image for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been released. Via USA Today, we have our first look at Henry Cavill’s tweaked Superman suit. Emphasis on “tweaked” – there are only a few changes to the suit seen in Man of Steel, particularly the belt buckle and gauntlets. It also looks like Superman is in Gotham – according to USA Today, Clark Kent will be present in Batman’s hometown, in addition to confronting Lex Luthor and working for the Daily Planet.
In addition, USA Today has published a new interview with Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder. As a preface, the site reaffirms that this film will lead into Justice League, but adds that it is tentatively slated for a 2018 release date. This is contrary to recent reports of a 2017 bow. Hopefully, we’ll know for sure which year the superhero ensemble debuts at Comic-Con later this month.
Snyder admits that filming Batman v. Superman is “not unfun.” Regarding Henry Cavill’s Superman, the director states that evolving the character is challenging, but he acknowledges “the fun of trying to figure out what to put in front of him that’s difficult.” He then reveals that Cavill is growing more and more comfortable in the larger-than-life role, saying, “We’ve both created this guy and we can push him around a little bit. The more time I spend with Henry, the more he’s Superman to me.” Superman will meet plenty of new superheroes in this film, including Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Snyder states that the Man of Steel’s perspective of Earth and his loved ones will be affected as a result, and suggests that his convictions will be questioned.
Talk then turned to Batman. Snyder didn’t expect to be the director to reboot the Dark Knight next, but admitted that he was expecting to direct a film adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns someday. He then says that he wasn’t in a hurry to do Batman so soon after The Dark Knight Trilogy, but the character was a good fit into Dawn of Justice‘s story. “I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie, but on the other hand it seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in.” There has also been much talk of Batman being older than past incarnations in this movie, with some worried that we weren’t getting yet another origin story for this particular version. However, Snyder states that Batman is such an iconic and well-known character, fast-forwarding to a more seasoned take was doable, and that, “it’s cooler to see a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys.”
Snyder goes on to address the “v” in the movie’s title, opposed to the expected “vs.” While he can’t discuss the evolution of Batman and Superman’s relationship, he says that the title’s “v” was intended, “to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way.” He then acknowledges the historical significance of seeing the two heroes in a film for the first time after filming scenes with Cavill and Affleck. “It’s never really been done and it’s kinda cool. … You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it’s Batman and Superman, let’s just be honest. I don’t know how you get bigger than that.” Finally, Snyder says that he has not filmed Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman’s scenes yet, and she’s currently getting “buff and ripped.” This dispels recent speculation of the actress already finished filming her scenes, as she is now working on the film Triple Nine.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to hit theaters May 6th, 2016. A follow-up to Man of Steel, the second installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Holly Hunter, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne. Zack Snyder directs from a script by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio.
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