After nearly eight months of production, it appears that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has finally finished filming. Production began on director Zack Snyder’s superhero follow-up to Man of Steel back in April, and then today cinematographer Larry Fong shared an image from an icy location with the caption, “That’s a wrap.” While it’s possible Fong meant only that work in that particular location has wrapped, given that production has been ongoing for nearly the length of a full pregnancy, it makes sense that Batman v Superman would be completed just before the holiday break. More after the jump.
With a film as massive as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s really no surprise that it took this long to complete principal photography. Not only does the movie continue the adventures of Henry Cavill’s Superman, but it introduces an older, rugged Batman (played by Ben Affleck) to the DC Movie Universe, as well as Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. All signs indicate that these other heroes will be more or less fully formed when we meet them in Dawn of Justice, which is a different approach than Marvel’s “standalone origin movie first, team-up movie later” formula.
In addition to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Dawn of Justice also introduces Jesse Eisenberg’s villain Lex Luthor, with Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg confirmed for small roles. Indeed, the consensus seems to be that we will have been introduced to the majority of the Justice League by the end of BvS, which also includes Ezra Miller’s The Flash. As the title suggests, the film is a prelude to Warner Bros.’ slew of DC Movies slated to be released over the next six years. Other main cast members in the film include Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Scoot McNairy and Jena Malone in as-yet-unconfirmed roles, and Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane reprising their characters from Man of Steel.
Snyder directed the picture from a screenplay by Chris Terrio (Argo), who was working from a previous draft by Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer. While principal photography has wrapped, almost all large-scale productions head back for reshoots at some point, so I imagine Snyder and Co. will reunite for a bit more filming sometime next year, after he’s had a chance to get a look at a cut of the film in the editing room.
Check out Fong’s Instagram below. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.