Earlier this afternoon, Yahoo! hosted a Q&A for the upcoming Man of Steel Blu-ray. Kevin Smith moderated and possibly talked more than guests Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, and Amy Adams combined. But in between Smith’s yammering, there were some slight hints about Batman vs. Superman. Smith made it clear that the movie still has no official title (it can be referred to in general as Man of Steel 2), but we’re going to stick with “Batman vs. Superman” for the sake of simplicity, consistency, and clarity as Snyder briefly commented on the superheroes’ relationship in the highly anticipated sequel.
Hit the jump for what Snyder had to say about Batman vs. Superman. [Update: Warner Bros. released a clip with the highlights, now at the bottom of the article.] The film opens July 17, 2015. As a side note, they’re auctioning off art for charity. The art isn’t from the movie; it’s just how the artists felt about the Batman and Superman fighting.
Snyder was very guarded about the sequel to the point where he wouldn’t even say if they were reusing Plano, Illinois for Kent Farm because his producer/wife, Deborah Snyder, “would kill him”. However, the director reluctantly provided a few minor hints about Batman vs. Superman.
First, he said that Superman killing Zod will have ramifications in the sequel. If I had to guess (and that’s all I can really do), the ramification isn’t that Superman killed Zod, but that Superman was willing to kill at all.
Moving on, Snyder talked about his approach to Superman as the story of an alien, and said “Lex [Luthor] loves calling him an alien.” It’s more than likely that Luthor will be in the sequel, but before everyone goes nuts, Snyder could have also been referring to Lex’s behavior in the comics.
Finally, despite being overwhelmingly vague, the most substantial (and I use that in the loosest sense of the word) aspect was Snyder talking about the “versus” part of the title. He wouldn’t specify whether or not Bats and Supes start out as enemies and become friends or vice versa, but it’s likely the former. Perhaps the aforementioned ramifications are Batman realizing that Superman is dangerous, trying to stop him, and then discovering this Kryptonian ain’t so bad after all. Then they team up to stop a larger threat of some sort. To put it another way: “vs.” as the beginning; “&” at the end.