The Avengers took their time assembling, but in the newly established DC movieverse (launched with Man Of Steel in 2013), the big guns are wasting no time getting together, even if they’re not exactly teaming up…
“The cool thing with the Marvel movies is they took a nice amount of time to gestate their world,” says director Zack Snyder. “I don’t know that we didn’t go, like, ‘Shall we make a bunch of movies before we get to Justice League?’ I think [our approach] was just more evolved out of the material, these stories we were working on.”
Snyder admits that it was difficult to put the genie back in the bottle once the idea of Superman fighting Batman came up (“It’s a tough one to beat,” laughs Snyder). Although they’re facing each other, don’t expect either of the iconic heroes to be a traditional baddie in this story. According to Snyder, it’s a two-hander, with their differing moralities creating the antagonism. Ben Affleck’s stepping into the cape and cowl to play this rebooted Batman, and admits he was sceptical until Snyder showed him that he was taking the character in a different direction. This is an older, grizzlier Batman.
“Typically, you start out with Batman and there he is,” says Affleck. “His parents got killed and he has a suit. Now here comes the bad guy… This was very different from that because it actually asks, who is the bad guy really?”
“Batman, he’s angry and he’s bitter,” adds Superman himself, Henry Cavill. “It’s a direct continuation of what happens in the final events of Man Of Steel,” he explains, as Bruce Wayne sees one of his buildings razed by the climactic Supes-Zod battle.
Don’t forget about the Dawn Of Justice subtitle though… as this is leading to the two-part Justice League, expect Batman and Superman to have at least begrudgingly shaken on it by the time the credits roll. And the eponymous duo won’t be the only DC good guys in BVS: as well as Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), fellow League-r Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is also expected to cameo, and rumours suggest we’ll see The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Parker) too. “That [Justice League] conversation now can really occur because you’ve done the laying of the groundwork,” says Snyder. “I was creating a world where that was possible.”
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice opens on 25 March.