Ah, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, we knew so little about you… and now we’re getting details all over the place.
The following article contains three things: details on key scenes in Batman V Superman, Wonder Woman’s role in the movie (sort of) and a description of who the bad guy was set to be in Man Of Steel 2, so you have been warned, HERE BE SPOILERS
Ok, to business….
First up, the print edition of EW has some stuff that the website doesn’t – hey, they still have to sell the thing – including details on a few big scenes
– Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and his loyal butler, Alfred (Jeremy Irons), are gravely intoning their lines into a burned-out fireplace, as Bruce prepares for his Valley of Elah moment with Superman. The billionaire vigilante appears weary but determined, not unlike the actor portraying him.
– In his editing suite in Pasadena last month, Snyder showed off early passes of the money sequence, a rainy rooftop battle between the two capes. There’s an undeniable thrill to watching these pop culture icons go at it–throwing each other through walls and skylights.
-Snyder also reveals a scene in the Batcave where Bruce Wayne outlines his motivations to a skeptical Alfred, a bit of realpolitik reasoning that weighs the morality of a preemptive strike on Superman against even the minimal chance of humanity’s destruction.
In related news, Snyder confirms that the Justice League script, which was written by David Goyer and rewritten by Chris Terrio, is now in the bag and ready to go.
As for Wonder Woman, we’ve seen her already – and naysayers be damned, we think Gal Gadot looks incredible in the suit – but with her name being missing in the movie’s title we wondered how important she is to the proceedings: “She plays a super-important part,” director Snyder confirms, “In a lot of ways, she’s the gateway drug to the rest of the Justice League.”
Gadot herself told EW: “There are so many expectations for this character, it’s impossible not to be a little nervous about it. [and] doing the swordplay stuff. It’s another skill to add to my collection. I’m still working on [the lasso].”
And finally (for now) in the EW interview too, Snyder talked about the second Superman movie that almost was (it still will but BvS happened first) and the villain of the piece was going to be… Metallo: “I remember talking about ‘What’s the next villain?’ We can’t do another alien invasion.’ Brianiac was definitely down the road. Metallo, I think, was going to be the main bad guy of this movie.”
Snyder did hint that Metallo and Brainiac are still in the plan.
And, thankfully, he clears up the complaint that so many people have about Superman being second listed in his own sequel: “As far as the individual character is concerned, this is not a Superman sequel. It’s more of an introduction to Batman, an opening to Justice League, and an expansion of the world that was created in Man of Steel.”
We knew that, Zack… and we’re trying to let everyone else know it too.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Jason Momoa will also be making an appearance as Aquaman.
Directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, the film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.