Henry Cavill will play Superman in the World’s Finest Movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
On July 20th, 2013 at Comic-Con, we received confirmation that Henry Cavill will don his super suit once again in the Man of Steel sequel. While we were waiting to hear about the next Superman and possibly Justice League movies, the studio made a decision that the next film will be a World's Finest movie. The announcement came at the Warner Bros. and Legendary panel, where they said the next Man of Steel movie will feature Superman battling Batman.
“On the heels of the worldwide success of Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder is bringing together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time — Batman and Superman — for the first time on the big screen,” said the official press-release.
Zack Snyder said, “I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”
Along with Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.
The new film is currently being written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
Ending weeks of speculation, on August 22, 2013, it was announced that Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne.
Zack Snyder expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
Henry Cavill reveals what he thinks about Ben Affleck as Batman: “I’m sure he'll be fantastic above all else and as a filmmaker, he’s got his own style. You know, he’s not copying anyone else and he's been tenacious in his career. He’s had ups followed by downs and now he’s very up again and I think that requires and shows a very special strength of character. It’s something I enjoy working with because jobs like this require strength of character. They require a dedication to the work and a belief in one’s self and Ben has that, clearly.”
On December 4, 2013, it was reported that Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman. The character may not have much screen time in this Superman/Batman movie, but we will definitely be seeing more of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the future. Gal Gadot is a former Israeli military soldier, and already has extensive weapons and fighting training under her belt. She is a professional motorcyclist as well.
For a few months before the shooting started in Detroit, all these actors – Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot – were getting in proper physical shape for their roles.
On 31st January it was announced that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred. Two months later, on April 3rd, three more actors joined the cast: 300: Rise of an Empire star Callan Mulvey, The Wolverine's Tao Okamoto and The Piano's Holly Hunter. All these three actors will play characters newly created for the film.
On 24th April, Variety announced that theatre actor Ray Fisher will play Cyborg/Victor Stone, although this has not been confirmed by Warner Bros.
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Justice League movie, which will be filmed back-to-back with Batman v Superman, was confirmed on April 28. It will be directed by Zack Snyder and has the rumored release date on May 5, 2017. A script is currently being developed. Greg Silverman, President of Worldwide Production for Warner Bros, told the Wall Street Journal, “It will be a further expansion of this universe. Superman vs Batman will lead into ‘Justice League’.”
Filmmakers now face the daunting task of transforming what on paper sounds like a dream superhero smack down into a movie that not only continues telling the story of the new Superman, but also delivers a fresh Batman capable of spinning off into his own adventures. But, before the superheroes team up in the fight against universal evil, they first need to get to know each other and learn how to effectively act together.
Fans who attended the Legendary/Warner Brothers panel at 2013's San Diego Comic-Con were treated to a surprise guest in Zack Snyder, who, making the announcement, asked actor Harry Lennix (General Swanwick in Man of Steel) to read a key line from Frank Miller’s 1986 touchstone graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns:
“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.”
“It is the thing that will help tell that story,” Snyder said about the quote. Obviously, the director wanted to hint that he will use the antipathy between the pair in Miller's comic as the basis for his new film. Miller’s story is landmark because it’s the first Superman and Batman tale where the two characters were not allies. Their at-odds dynamic became canon for comics, so it’s a pretty obvious indication that instead of being pals off the bat (pardon the pun), Superman and Batman will be, if not enemies, adversaries.
Initially, Snyder stated that the Batman v Superman movie would take inspiration from the comic The Dark Knight Returns. However, in November 2013, Snyder clarified that the film would not be based on the novel. “If you were going to do that, you would need a different Superman. We’re bringing Batman into the universe that now this Superman lives in.”
Screenwriter David Goyer during the Superman 75th Anniversary panel at Comic-Con spoke about the Man of Steel sequel and possible titles, and his words also hint at a possible plot of the new film: “So the next film we’re making, we’re already in pre-production, comes out in summer of 2015 and it’s – 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.”
On May 21st, Warner Brothers announced that the title of the movie would be “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Where we already know that several Justice League members will make cameos in the movie, this title does a nice job at hinting at the fact that this will not only be an epic battle between two of DC Comics’ greatest heroes, but a set up for the Justice League movie.
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By the way, last year, at Comic-Con in 2012 Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill were asked who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman, and his answer was, “I love Batman, he’s awesome, but... really?”
We're sure Zack will be asked about this answer as more details emerge on the Man of Steel sequel.
Initially the production of Man of Steel sequel was slated for February to August 2014, with an anticipated release date on July 17, 2015, but on January 17, 2014 Warner Bros. announced that the release date has been moved to May 6, 2016. The studio said their move allows “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” The date-change follows “the shift of the start of production to second quarter of this year.”
On 13th May, Zack Snyder revealed a photo of Ben Affleck in his new Batsuit standing near his new Batmobile.
On May 16th, Zack Snyder and the Man of Steel photographer Clay Enos did some still photography of Gal Gadot as Diana/Wonder Woman in Birmingham, Michigan.
A week later, Warner Bros also revealed the official logo, the “S” crest embedded inside the Batman logo.
The principal photography began on May 21st. It will take place on location at Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit, Michigan; Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific.
Early in winter, The Michigan Film Office has announced that the production on the new film was expected to begin in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan sometime in the first quarter of 2014. “Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” stated filmmaker Zack Snyder. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”
At the same time, Flint Journal lists the potential filming location on the grounds of a former Girl Scout camp in Metamora Township. The Flint Journal also cites an interview with Metamora Fire Chief Dave Eady for The County Press in Lapeer County:
“This is a major Hollywood thing. From what I understand, they’re already out there doing stuff,” Eady said. “There’s a beautiful lake back there. They’re building a home for one scene. All they’re doing is one scene there, then they’re going to tear everything down like they were never here.”
According to Fox 17 News in Michigan, the upcoming Batman V Superman film will also be partially filmed in Lapeer County.
A small town Plano in Illinois served as Smallville, Kansas in the Man of Steel.
The Kent Farm in Yorkville, Illinois, has been reconstructed and the bright lights and security tape are back up. Locals tell us that the rumour in nearby Plano is that all the filming will take place at the Yorkville location.
The filming in Illinois is expected to take place this fall.
You can see all of our Yorkville and Plano photos here.