Everything We Know So Far About ‘Batman vs. Superman’
The still unofficially titled ‘Batman vs. Superman‘ movie, which furthers the DC cinematic universe kick-started in this past summer’s ‘Man of Steel,’ is one of the biggest deals in recent memory for Marvel’s competitor. Aside from bringing together two of the most iconic superheroes, the film will be a test run of sorts for Warner Bros., as its future performance at the box office will help decide the fate of the long-awaited ‘Justice League‘ movie.
As often happens with something as epic in scale as this cinematic crossover — we’re thinking of you, ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ — rumors upon rumors have been circling the webosphere, leading fans down fruitless paths. To help quell the storm of iffy information, here’s everything we know (so far) about ‘Batman vs. Superman.’
What Is the Film Called?
When this Batman-Superman crossover movie was announced during the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' panels at Comic-Con 2013, no official title was revealed, only the 'Man of Steel' insignia engulfed by the one for the Dark Knight. However, David S. Goyer, 'Man of Steel' and Batman-Superman writer, said the team has been throwing around a couple ideas. "... We’re actually not sure whether the title is 'Superman vs. Batman' or 'Batman vs. Superman,' but, yes, it’s–that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”
When Will 'Batman vs. Superman' Hit Theaters?
'Batman vs. Superman' is hitting theaters on July 17, 2015. Let's take a quick look at some of the other films coming out around that time:
'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' (May 1), 'Ant-Man' (recently moved to July 31), 'Fantastic Four' (March 6), 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' (July 10), 'Assassin's Creed' (June 19), 'Terminator 5' (June 26)
So it's already going to be a tightly packed year, and that's not even counting 'Ted 2' (hitting earlier in April), the still tentatively scheduled 'Independence Day 2,' 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2' (November 20) and, of course, 'Star Wars: Episode 7' come Christmas. And that's not all! 'Batman vs. Superman' has its work cut out for it if it plans to rule the box office.
Who Will Star in 'Batman vs. Superman'?
The latter casting announcement was one of the most controversial in recent memory and sparked an uproar within the comic book fan nation, with angry petitions and all. Affleck was previously rumored to take the helm of the 'Justice League' movie, which would have united Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the like. Even more interesting, around the time he denied he'd take up the mantle, word was that WB wanted him to play Batman in this team-up, as well.
'Man of Steel'-ers Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and Diane Lane (Supes' mom) will also return for 'Batman vs. Superman.' No other official casting has been announced, although Bryan Cranston, currently bringing his famous run as Walter White on the hit AMC series 'Breaking Bad' to a close, was rumored to be taking the role of Lex Luthor (the character's appearance also unconfirmed). Cranston has since stated, "This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?'"
Where Will 'Batman vs. Superman' Take Place?
Despite 'Man of Steel' having set up shop in Vancouver, WB received a film incentive for Detroit and around the state of Michigan. While the city recently declared bankruptcy, the upcoming 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' has already called Detroit home for its production, and 'Oz, The Great and Powerful' filmed there not too long ago. So is Detroit the new Gotham City?
Who Is Behind the Wheel?
Zack Snyder will return to the director's seat for the 'Man of Steel' follow-up, as well as the previously mentioned screenwriter David S. Goyer (Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' trilogy), who's penning the script from a story he co-created with Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.
Frank Miller, the comic creator behind '300' and 'Sin City,' crafted 'The Dark Knight Returns' comic, which famously pitted Superman and Batman on the page. The Independent previously reported that he would have talks with Snyder about 'Batman vs. Superman.'
What Is 'Batman vs. Superman' About?
Some say Lex Luthor is going to be the villain of 'Batman vs. Superman,' some say the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel will be going head-to-head. So far, no official plot descriptions have been revealed -- but here's what we know:
In the official casting announcement for Ben Affleck, Zack Snyder stated,
Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Also worth noting is how WB chose to announce 'Batman vs. Superman.' At Comic-Con, Snyder came out on the Hall H stage and introduced one of his 'Man of Steel' stars, Harry Lennix, who played General Swanwick. The actor proceeded with a dramatic reading of a passage from Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns,' which Batman speaks to Superman: "I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments … I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you."
While this is by no means an official confirmation that the story will be adapted from Miller's comic -- in which the two heroes do battle against each other -- it certainly seems to be taking its inspiration and tone from the work.