With filming on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice well underway, details on the highly anticipated superhero movie have been scarce. However, producer Charles Roven opens up in a new interview for The Hollywood Masters series, and he offers some very interesting new details on the Justice League prequel. Firstly, he clarifies The Dark Knight Trilogy director Christopher Nolan’s involvement. Despite most of the press release not naming them, Roven confirms that Nolan and his wife, Emma Thomas, are still on board Batman v Superman as executive producers. “[Nolan] is an executive producer on the movie, as is Emma Thomas, his wife. And I would say that he’s much more focused on the movie Interstellar, writing, directing. He co-wrote it with his brother. … They were off doing that movie.” He then reveals that the Man of Steel producer was involved in various stages and has an “advisory capacity.” And interestingly, Nolan was involved in casting Ben Affleck as the new Batman.
Regarding that controversial casting decision, Roven revealed that Affleck was their first choice for Batman, and he was the first actor to be contacted. “We have a very strong relationship with Warner Bros. obviously; all of the DC comics are at Warner Bros. Ben had literally just won the Oscar for Argo, which was a Warner Bros. movie, so it wasn’t like it was difficult to reach him.” As for whether Affleck was “hesitant” to take the iconic role, Roven said, “No, I wouldn’t say he hesitated. I think that what he did do was that he made sure that he understood what Zack [Snyder] was looking for.” He adds that the Argo actor-director wished “to know exactly how Zack planned on treating this Bruce Wayne that was going to make him completely different even though he was still Bruce Wayne, still Batman.” As for Affleck’s take on Batman, Roven says that this Dark Knight will be more mature and “completely different” from past incarnations. “He’s much more of a social animal in the Bruce Wayne incarnation, but he’s also an extremely rough guy in the Batman incarnation — very, very, very rough.”
Talk then turned to future DC movies. Roven reaffirmed that Batman v Superman will lead into Justice League, and there will be a number of DC adaptations releasing within the next few years. He then rehashes how The Dark Knight Trilogy was standalone in terms of superheroes, with Batman being the only one. However, Man of Steel was developed with the intention of expanding its universe with other superheroes.
One of these new heroes being introduced in Dawn of Justice is Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. Few details are known on the depiction of this character, but Roven seemingly reveals new specs on her origin. “She has powers, she’s a goddess. She’s a demigod. Her father was Zeus.” Zeus being the biological father of Diana Prince is a development recently established in the New 52, so it’s not surprising that it’s an element included in her big screen debut.
For more from Charles Roven, be sure to check out the interview video below. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to hit theaters March 25th, 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 Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer.