We know what Warner Bros.’ tentatively titled “Batman Vs. Superman” is about. Tired, aged and embittered Batman faces off against, younger, more naïve Superman (we kinda guessed as much in the early days). Their moral codes are already at odds. Batman more akin to vigilante, Superman skewing closer to every day hero (though like we said, expect Batman to exploit the fact that Superman killed Zod). While not a direct adaptation of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” graphic novel, the friction between the two heroes—essentially the differences in said values—is the perfect jumping off point for “Batman Vs. Superman.”
But in case you need more evidence, “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Man of Steel” and “Batman Vs. Superman” producer Charles Roven has spoken. Asked why the producers chose Ben Affleck for the role of Batman? Simple, they’re not trying to just create a moral gap between the two characters, but an age gap. One is a veteran who has become cynical (and is essentially retired when we’re first introduced to him in the film), the other is still new to the game, hopeful, and not carrying a lot of weary mileage and baggage.
“We wanted a guy who had a certain age and a certain gravitas to what he had done in terms of his recent work,” Roven told Variety about choosing Affleck. “If you take a look at ‘The Town’ and ‘Argo,’ he plays a couple of serious guys in those movies. He’s a big man. He’s also a mature man. As you see him and Henry together, one definitely has much more experience just by looking at him. That’s what we wanted, particularly juxtaposed against our Superman.”
We know it’s filming before Affleck shoots his next directorial effort, “They Live By Night,” but when exactly? Given Roven’s comments, it sounds like it’s aiming for February 2014. “On ‘Batman vs. Superman,’ we started soft prep in June, and we’ll be shooting eight months later,” he said.
Evidently, Warner Bros. started talking sequels with Roven and co. right after the “Man Of Steel” opening week when it grossed $200 million worldwide. “We knew we had created a world and we had left Easter eggs in the movie that let people know that in the universe that Zack was creating, there was the possibility of other DC characters besides Clark Kent,” he said. “We had a sketch of an idea, the beats of a story that [screenwriter] David Goyer worked on with Zack. We have a first draft, and we’re continuing to work with it. Those scripts are never fully finished until the movie is in the theaters. We love the characters — we think that Ben (Affleck) is going to be a really great and interesting Batman.”
Yep, it’s all essentially building to “Justice League.” The question is: will we have other heroes in the movie like Nightwing and Wonder Woman? The latest rumors suggest the Flash could also make a cameo appearance, but don’t believe any of that stuff until it’s confirmed. Though it’s almost a certainty that Supes and Batman will face-off against Lex Luthor once they get over their own beefs. Agree to disagree and fight a greater foe? Yeah, we’d buy that.