Batman Vs Superman Movie: Everything We Know Till Now
sneha kedia is a gud girl. Since the announcement that two of the most loved and famous DC character will be teaming up in a major movie together, the internet has been filled with rumors and speculations about Batman Vs Superman. As is the nature of the internet, this has resulted in a lot of misinformation and wishful thinking getting in the way of the facts.
There is a fair amount of information that we can take as fact till now. Being Dexter has been analysing every information on every major site, from casting to shooting. Obviously, things can and will change before the film hits the big screen but, we have got a handy list about what we know about Batman Vs Superman till now. All information is correct and substantiated by various sources at the time of writing.
Batman Vs Superman is undoubtedly one on the most anticipated of movie of 2015. New statements and facts are released on a weekly, if not daily basis. If there is anything not contained in the body of the article that has been confirmed and is not referred to, please feel free to share it in the comments thread at the end of the article. Otherwise, here are seven major things we know about the film.
The Release Date
The release date for Batman Vs Superman is 17th of July 2015. Yeah, again 2015! Year 2015 has already proved itself to be the most fantastic, jam-packed year for film. With the release of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Jurassic World, Ant Man, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 and Star Wars VII and obviously The Man of Steel 2, we should not doubt that.
By giving release date of 17th of July 2015, Warner Bros. have given themselves enough time to script, film and edit without having to push it back, unless something disastrous happens of course.
Batman Vs Superman : The Cast
Recently Gal Gadot was casted as the Wonder Woman for Batman Vs Superman. The major cast was announced months ago. Warner Brothers have confirmed that Henry Cavill will return as Superman, Amy Adams will be returning as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishbourne will return as Perry White and Diane Lane will be returning as Martha Kent.
Last but certainly not the least, the casting of Batman. Millions of words have been written about the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman so we will not analyse the casting decision too deeply here. Another actor who definitely won’t make the transition from the Nolan films is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has confirmed that he won’t be reprising his role as Robin John Blake from The Dark Knight Rises. As yet, there is no word on other characters such as Jim Gordon appearing.
There are even some unconfirmed castings, the major one being of the casting Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman Movie. There were rumors that Bryan Cranston was approached for the role but he shots the rumors down. Though he said that he would be willing to receive an offer to play Kal-el’s arch nemesis, Lex Luthor.. “Give me a call,” he said with a grin. “I like Lex Luthor. I think he’s misunderstood. He’s a lovable, sweet man.” If you remember Jesse referred Walter as “Lex Luthor” in season one episode seven.
It Will NOT Be An Adaption Of ‘The Dark Knight Returns’
Ever since Batman Vs Superman was announced there has been major speculation about the plot being adapted from Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ and with good right too as Warner Bros. introduced their announcement with a somewhat memorable reading from the graphic novel:
“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.” Here the clip for the same:
However in an interview with DC All Access, Zack Snyder stated it definitely would not be an adaption of the graphic novel. Kevin Smith said “I don’t want to see and I don’t think Zack’s trying to do Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’…That will deserve its own movie, and god willing one day he’s going to do it. Somebody’s going to get there, and if anybody is going to get there it’s him”. We agree to you Kevin, even we don’t want the plot to be adapted from ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ (at least now). I mean, there is the comic and there’s even a two part movie made on the same graphic novel with the same name. Also, the comic has shown Bruce Wayne as 55-years-old-retired-Batman which Affleck casting as the Batman does not justifies.
Of course, elements from that storyline will appear throughout Batman Vs Superman. Parts of the story from The Dark Knight Rises were influenced from Miller’s work, such as Batman faking his own death. We have to wait till July 2015 to see how much influence does ‘The Dark Knight Return’ make on the film.
Batman Vs Superman : The Villains
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There is so less information about the villains in Batman Vs Superman Movie. But still we got everything we know till now. From an article from Batman-news.com, when Batman-On-Film guys were asked about villains in the film they said, there will be two villains in Batman Vs Superman, both from the Superman universe. Batman On Film has acquired many contacts at Warner Bros. over the years, but says they are not a “scoop site”. So instead of writing articles, they like to casually drop small bits of info on Facebook.
Now we can obviously tried to dissect the information. As stated earlier in ‘Casting’, Jason Momoa is expected to play a villain. And watching his physique, Doomsday would be a fine option. Before his casting there were reports of Metallo being the main villain but it doesn’t fit now. People also thought that Jason might also play Darkseid. Well… he can but it would be too early for a villain of his stature.
Lex Luthor has been heavily rumored to appear, based on the many LexCorp references in Man of Steel. At the launch of Zack Synder’s ‘Man Of Steel’, the director even commented “At its core, Superman is an alien. He comes from an alien world … Lex loves to call him an alien.” And Kevin Smith retorted, “That’s a spoiler, folks”. Had Smith not have added the confirmation, we could not have said with any certainty that Lex Luther would make more than a minor appearance but it would appear to be safe to assume that we now have our movie villain. This also ties in with one of Snyder’s denials of a Dark Knight Returns storyline, noting that this was Batman in Superman’s world and vice versa. It appears unlikely that any of Batman’s nemeses will appear in the film, so Luthor was always going to be the inevitable-and correct-choice of villain.
There will be a Football Match
Admittedly it’s not the most enlightening things we have learned about Batman Vs Superman but it was indeed the very first glimpse from the movie. The cast and crew were filming a match between Gotham City University and Metropolis State University at Gotham (because people were asked to cheer for Gotham) when a person on the set filmed the shooting. Gotham City University players were seen sporting black and gold and Metropolis State University, white and red. Here a clip we got from the shooting:
We have had some memorable football moments in the past. The most recent was from the “The Dark Knight Rises”, which was a major set piece. Will this football match ultimately turns out to be filler or it’ll cause bigger effect on the movie than the predecessors, we have discussed in the next point.
Appearances From Other DC Characters
When Warner Bros’ boss Greg Silverman was asked by Variety magazine about the possibility of Justice League characters like Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern making an appearance in Batman Vs Superman Movie. He said: “We have been doing a lot of thinking for years about how to best use all those characters and we love them…Wonder Woman is an amazing character. I think it’s a great opportunity for box office success, but also to have an amazingly powerful female superhero…We’re are taking it all very seriously and are trying to do a plan that’s respectful to those characters and maximises the stories as best they can.”
And few weeks after this conversation, Gal Gadot was casted as Wonder Woman. Though it is still unclear whether her role will be of Wonder Woman or her alter ego Diana Price. Variety magazine have also reported that The Flash will also make an appearance, although according to a source on comicbookmovie.com, only as Barry Allen. Recently we saw appearances of Barry Allen played by Grant Gustin in Arrow. He did an amazing job, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Grant Gustin is sometime in future is casted as The Flash’s alter ego (but with more muscle please).
There are some rumors suggesting that an estranged Nightwing will appear alongside Batman in the film, with The Perks Of Being A Wallflower star, Adam Driver, being named by The Wrap as the forerunner for the coveted role. We have seriously not seen any moment from the boy wonder which is worth remembering after Batman And Robin (1997), of course (one seriously cannot forget that film!). We even had some news from LatinoReview on Twitter which mentioned that Jackie Earle Haley has auditioned for a role in what is fast becoming the most anticipated superhero film for years. However, it has not been mentioned what role he has auditioned or whether he will even appear.
It Could Secretly Be A “Justice League” Movie
Warner Bros. have had a Justice League movie in the pipeline since 2007 and even signed George Miller to direct, who even cast the film in October 2007. However, Warner Bros. said in 2008 that the script needed work and the film was scrapped. Thanks to Batman Vs Superman, Justice League is again in the talks. But wait, there is a catch (a good one). One thing which bothers me most is that, the Man Of Steel sequel is one of the most anticipated movies of 2015 and “it does not have an official title”. When the Man of Steel sequel was announced at Comic-Con, writer David S. Goyer indicated the movie would likely either be called ‘Superman Vs Batman’ or ‘Batman Vs Superman’. Most of the people are calling the film ‘Batman Vs Superman’, but Warner Bros. still has not officially announced the title. Some domain name registrations suggested Warner Bros. might be considering some other titles.
As stated earlier, there is not just Batman and Superman in the movie. Gal Gadot was casted as Wonder Woman and we might even have appearances from The Flash too. In a video promoting the Man of Steel Blu-Ray release in the UK, Henry Cavill dropped a strong hint that Cyborg could be headed to the big screen. Victor Stone, who becomes Cyborg, was a high school football star, and the first Batman Vs Superman scene was shot at a football stadium (interesting, huh?!).
Also, fanboy and director Kevin Smith, who has been regularly calling the movie Batman Vs Superman, is now referring to the film as Man of Steel 2. Kevin Smith hosted the Man of Steel live fan event, and he’s one of the few people that director Zack Snyder has shown the Batsuit to. Kevin Smith also revealed that the new Batman costume looked like a Jim Lee design. We know that Jim Lee drew the debut of the New 52 version of the Justice League, which included Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, and Aquaman. Could the Jim Lee image above be what the Justice League heroes will look like on the big screen? God knows!
Could it be that the reason Warner Bros. hasn’t named Batman Vs Superman is because it’s secretly a Justice League movie? Will it eventually turn out to be as Justice League? It would not be surprising if the film started out as Batman Vs Superman but slowly becomes Justice League, and Warner Bros. has been holding off on the official title because calling it Justice League is a possibility. Maybe Warner Bros. wants a Justice League movie sooner rather than later to go head-to-head with the Avengers sequel in the summer of 2015.
According to the Chicago Tribune, filming for Batman Vs Superman is scheduled to take place in Yorkville, Illinois in February. It is the same spot that was used in Man of Steel but the first set was torn down after that film wrapped. Meanwhile, over at the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac, MI, where the majority of the movie will be shot, pre-production is well underway. Batman Vs Superman is set to occupy the complex through August 2014.
So folks, this was everything we know about Batman Vs Superman till now. And believe me if it’s not here, it’s not anywhere on internet. But still, if there is anything latest you know about it, do let us know in the comment section.