‘Batman vs. Superman’ Producer Talks Wonder Woman and Ben Affleck’s Batman
How little do we actually know about the upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman'? For starters, we don't even know the title and 'Batman vs. Superman' is just what everyone is calling it until we hear something more official. However, we do know that the film will act as a sequel to 'Man of Steel' and will also include the character of Wonder Woman, who will be played by 'Fast and Furious' franchise star Gal Gadot. Recently, producer Wesley Coller talked at length about the production and while he doesn't drop anything new about story details, he did have plenty to say about the Amazonian superhero.
Speaking with M Live, the Michigan native was mostly asked about returning to his home state to film one of the biggest movies ever made but he also had plenty to say about the iconic characters that are in his (and director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer's) hands. Those who are worried that Wonder Woman will be given short shrift in the film may be comforted by what Coller has to say:
[My daughter’s] favorite book is this little Wonder Woman flip book. It has the lasso, the invisible plane, the bracelets – every page has an image she’s just in awe with. And something that’s become a reality, being a dad with a new daughter, is that I have a special place in my heart for the idea of a strong, empowered female superhero being out there.
Recognizing the importance of a character like Wonder Woman isn't the same as delivering her to the screen in a way that respects her legacy, but this is a nice start. After all, what is the point of superheroes if they aren't going to inspire kids in some way? However, Coller was upfront that there are no current plans to move forward on a Wonder Woman solo movie, especially since all of his energy is currently focused on the task at hand:
We’re super excited to have her in the film. It will be a ton of fun, but at the same time, we’ve got to stay focused on the film we’re working on now.
And, of course, Coller was asked about casting Ben Affleck as Batman and the ensuing internet outrage. Since you don't get to produce movies this big without having a level-headed answer for every possible question, Coller handled it well. If we were in his place, we'd probably be a lot angrier and rant-ier.
Anything you do that’s culturally significant or any time you deal with an iconic character or story, you’re going to hear responses from every possible perspective… If anything, that gauges the relevance of a property or character, and it’s invigorating to know people care that much. It inspires you to make the coolest version of the movie that you can. Ben is the perfect fit for Zack’s vision for this story.
'Batman vs. Superman' (or whatever it will be called) begins filming next year and arrives in theaters on July 17, 2015.