Production on Zack Snyder‘s Superman/Batman movie isn’t set to get underway until early next year, but they will be doing a bit of filming this weekend to take advantage of the crowd that will be at the East Los Angeles College Weingart Stadium. The stadium and the crowd will be used at the backdrop for a game between Gotham City University and Metropolis State University. Gotham City will be the home team, and the crowd will be sporting GCU’s black-and-gold colors. I assume they’re playing at the Gotham stadium because Metropolis doesn’t have much of a city anymore let alone a sports venue.
Hit the jump for more. The untitled Man of Steel sequel stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Lawrence Fishburne. The film is set to open on July 17, 2015.
The Dark Knight vs. The Man of Tomorrow. The Caped Crusader vs. the Last Son of Krypton. Bruce Wayne vs. Clark Kent. However it’s framed, Warner Brothers is releasing the sequel to the financially successful Man of Steel in the form of Batman vs. Superman on July 17, 2015. With the recent casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, it’s difficult to not speculate how the clash of these titans will take place.
Luckily, there is ample evidence to examine how these two heroes will come to blows. Hit the jump for Batman and Superman’s greatest brawls for a look into what scenes Zack Snyder may decide to use for his much anticipated sequel.
Since Hans Zimmer has scored the last three Batman movies and the last Superman movie, he inevitably received the question if he’ll be scoring Zack Snyder‘s upcoming untitled film that brings the two superheroes together. Speaking to Red Carpet News, Zimmer said that he thought he had closed the door on the Dark Knight, but like Michael Corleone, he keeps getting sucked back in. “I’ll have to think about that one,” said Zimmer. “I might give you a new Batman if I do it.” Since the casting of Ben Affleck signals a complete break with Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy, Zimmer clearly feels like he can’t go back to the same themes, and I imagine he would have to find something that can fit in with his score for Man of Steel should he decide to keep going with Snyder’s sequel.
Hit the jump for what Zimmer had to say about Affleck playing Batman. The film also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Diane Lane. The untitled Superman/Batman movie is due out July 17, 2015.
Another high-profile movie franchise will be lensing in the Michigan area. Michael Bay is currently blowing things up real good in Detroit where his Transformers 4 production has been filming for the past couple of months, and now it has been confirmed that Warner Bros.’ Batman vs. Superman will be setting up shop in The Great Lakes State. The Detroit Free Press confirmed the news, adding that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up will be filming in Detroit and surrounding areas in the state during the first quarter of 2014. The production will earn $35 million in tax incentives, which should put a dent in the film’s sure-to-be hefty budget.
Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.
If all goes according to plan, three of the biggest films in recent memory will be in production at the same time. Marvel’s superhero team-up sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to begin production next March, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start filming in “early 2014,” and now word comes that director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up will start filming next February. For those of you just now coming out of a coma, Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Warner Bros. film, and the pic appears to be moving full-speed ahead towards its July 17, 2015 release date.
In addition to the filming dates of the Batman vs. Superman film, though, a new report also has confirmation that Affleck has indeed signed on to play Batman in multiple films. Hit the jump for more, including the specific shooting dates of Batman vs. Superman.
When it comes to a character as old and popular as Batman, everybody has an opinion. Following the announcement that a Batman/Superman movie was in the cards for Warner Bros., we knew there would be some debate over who the studio and director Zack Snyder should choose to don the cape and cowl for their Man of Steel follow-up. Early word was that they were looking to cast an older, more experienced Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s young Superman, and names like Josh Brolin and Jon Hamm were bandied about. However, when the studio announced last night that Ben Affleck has been cast in the role, the reaction was unsurprisingly vehement.
The internet specializes in snap judgments, and the casting of Affleck as Batman is no different. But fan outcry and caps-lock rants are premature; people are already rating a performance that we won’t see on screen for nearly two years. Hit the jump for more on why everybody needs to calm down.
Well that didn’t take long. Just yesterday a report surfaced that Warner Bros. was looking to cast an older actor as Batman in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman, and now a shortlist of actors that the studio is reportedly eyeing to don the cowl has surfaced. For this new film, Warner Bros. is said to be looking to capture the tone of the Batman/Superman relationship from Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, so that gives us a head start as to what kind of Batman the studio is trying to cast.
It’s decidedly early in the process since David S. Goyer has only just started working on the screenplay for the superhero pic, but there appears to be an eclectic list of names that the studio and Snyder are beginning to consider. Hit the jump to read on.
While this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was filled with plenty of moments that had the crowd going wild, no one blew the roof off the place quite like Zack Snyder when he marched out and announced that the Man of Steel sequel will in fact be a Batman vs. Superman movie. Though the news in and of itself would have been enough to rile fans up, the announcement was made considerably more impactful when, before even uttering the word “Batman,” Snyder brought out Man of Steel actor Harry Lennix to read an excerpt from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Screaming ensued, goosebumps were felt, and hyperventilations were witnessed.
While Snyder is currently working with screenwriter David S. Goyer on the proposed Man of Steel follow-up, we know very little about how exactly The Bat will be portrayed in the superhero pic. However, a new rumor has surfaced claiming that the studio is looking to cast an older actor in the role, playing a more experienced version of the character. Hit the jump for more.
Pre-production is underway on the sequel to Man of Steel, which was announced at Comic-Con on Saturday. The announcement referenced a classic line from Frank Miller’s comic book, The Dark Knight Returns: “I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” The quote is from a moment where Batman has defeated Superman, and then we saw the logo for the new movie. Away from Hall H and buried in all the hoopla was writer David S. Goyer at the Superman 75th Anniversary Panel. He told the audience:
“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.”
The title makes more sense than World’s Finest since people that don’t know comics won’t understand the title. It’s better to put “Superman” and “Batman” in there, and spare everyone the confusion.
Warner Bros’ announcement that the sequel to Man of Steel will be a Batman/Superman team-up is big news. But it is also a totally natural development, one that has been rumored and desired for years. Charles Roven, a producer on Man of Steel and Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy, famously denied the possibility in 2011:
“That may be in somebody’s mind but right now the Batman lives in his world and the Superman lives in his world. Those stories are those stories and we haven’t thought beyond each individual picture.”
I would change the wording a bit to say “That may be in everybody at Warner Bros’ mind,” because we have seen Easter eggs that hint at a Batman/Superman crossover in many recent WB properties: Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Superman Returns—even I Am Legend and Fringe. Follow the trail after the jump.
At the end of Warner Bros.’ massive panel, Zack Snyder was introduced onstage in a surprise appearance, which unfortunately was spoiled a bit earlier today. Snyder took the lectern from moderator Chris Hardwick, “because some shit’s gonna happen up here,” he said. He thanked the audience for supporting Man of Steel, and then said he knows there’s a lot of speculation about the sequel. Snyder continued:
“It’s official that we are gonna make another Superman movie… The truth is you don’t want me to tell you what the movie’s about, but I can say that maybe there’s a single element that will be in the film that I could help you out with…”
Snyder then introduced Man of Steel actor Harry Lennix to the stage to read something, saying, “We’re not adapting this thing, but it is the thing that will help tell this story.” He proceeded to read a passage from the Frank Miller comic The Dark Knight Returns. More after the jump.
This was inevitable, but sooner than I anticipated: Superman and Batman will team up in a live-action movie in 2015! Warner Bros. will develop the project as a sequel to Man of Steel, so Henry Cavill will return as Clark Kent/Superman. Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer, the director/writer team behind Man of Steel, are expected to reprise their roles for the follow-up. Christopher Nolan is also expected to return as a producer, though it is unclear how involved he will be this time around.
This raises many questions. Does this put the Justice League movie on hold indefinitely? [Update: No. WB is also planning for Flash in 2016 and Justice League in 2017. Details here.] After all, why force Green Lantern in there when you have the two biggest superheroes in the world in the forefront? Christian Bale has no plans to return to Batman, so who will star opposite Cavill? Is this where Joseph Gordon-Levitt steps in? Luckily, Warner Bros. plans to announce the project at their Comic-Con panel that starts in about 10 minutes. Check back soon for our full recap of the panel for more details. [Update 2: We added the press release after the jump with more details. Click here for our description of the panel announcement.]
The possibility of a Superman/Batman movie was seriously considered back in August 2001 when screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) penned a script entitled “Batman vs. Superman“, which even reached the point of attaching director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) before fizzling out. But bringing DC Comics’ two biggest heroes together (a team-up referred to as “World’s Finest”) is always an enticing possibility, and with Man of Steel set to take flight in a few weeks, the DC Movie Universe could be a fresh start. While Justice League is seen as the ultimate achievement of bringing DC Comics’ biggest heroes together, there’s no reason to rule out a film only featuring Batman and Superman. New Superman Henry Cavill is certainly intrigued by the idea.
Hit the jump for what he had to say regarding a Superman/Batman movie.
The guys over at Latino-Review have decided to spend this fine evening dropping an atomic-bomb-level rumor that will send fanboys into a tizzy. The site is reporting three major developments when it comes to Justice League and Warner Bros. trying to figure out how they’re going to combat Disney’s one-two franchise punch of Marvel and Star Wars. So far, Warners has been struggling with their superheroes. They’re all out of Batman, and while there’s some very early positive buzz on Man of Steel, their highly-anticipated Justice League movie reportedly had to go back to square one early last month when Will Beale‘s script was tossed out.
But Warner Bros. isn’t giving up, and according to Latino-Review, Christopher Nolan is coming to the rescue. And so is Zack Snyder. And they want Christian Bale to put the cape and cowl back on. Hit the jump for more.