DC have made some interesting announcements this past week regarding their planned comic book movie adaptations. David Ayer finally has a locked down cast including – Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Tom Hardy (Rick Flagg) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) – for his Suicide Squad movie with, which goes into production in April 2o15. Wonder Woman found its director in Michelle Maclaren and the movie now has newcomer Jason Fuchs (‘Pan‘) scribing the film; and Guillermo del Toro officially announced that he had handed in his Justice League Dark script for Studio Execs at Warner Bros. to read over (…and decide where to take it from there, which is – hopefully – to the next stage of development). There was also the announcement that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David S. Goyer, and Neil Gaiman had penned a script for Sandman, that Warner were extremely happy with. So, all-in-all, a sound week for DC fans. But wait; there is more news…
Yesterday, director of photography Larry Fong announced that Zack Snyder‘s highly anticipated juggernaut Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has apparently just wrapped filming! Larry Fong – who has worked with Snyder on previous projects, 300 and Watchmen – made the announcement via Instagram, posting a short video clip of black material (Ben Affleck‘s Batsuit perhaps?) being covered in snow.
Here is the short video clip posted by Fong:
Fong has collaborated with Snyder on previous projects including, 300 and Watchmen, but didn’t take on Cinematographer duties on Snyder‘s last Superman outing Man of Steel due to working on the illusionist crime caper, Now You See Me. He was instead replaced by Amir Mokri (Transformers: Age of Extinction).
Another significant difference between Snyder’s Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice is the scriptwriters. David S. Goyer worked on the finished script for Man of Steel, but Goyer‘s script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice script has been heavily revised by scriber – and Oscar winner (Argo) – Chris Terrio. Terrio must have made a good impression with the big boys at the top as it has been reported that he is the top choice to write the scripts for the two Justice League films that will follow Dawn of Justice, and will also be directed by Zack Snyder. As Man of Steel was a mixed bag (a lot of people had a problem with how destructive the Superman and General Zod battle was) in terms of both: critic and fan reaction, it’s interesting to notice these small changes in Snyder’s crew.
So the question is… will Dawn of Justice prove to be less divisive than it’s predecessor? I’ve never bee a massive fan of David S. Goyer, and I don’t particularly trust him when he is given carte blanche (…remember Blade: Trinity anyone?), he works better as a co-collaborator i.e. working with Jonathan Nolan on The Dark Knight franchise; so it’s good that Chris Terrio was brought in for script revisions. Dawn of Justice will also have a slightly different look to it now that Larry Fong is back on board, and going by the Comic-Con teaser, it’s hard to say how much different it will actually look. Guess we have to wait for a trailer, however going by this short video, that looks like the next thing we can expect in the not too distant future (early summer maybe). Warner Bros. will most likely attach it to one of their planned 2015 blockbusters – such as the Tom Hardy starring vehicle, Mad Max: Fury Road, or the Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman) penned film, Pan.
Are you a fan of Man of Steel? …you quite happy with the amount of urban destruction doled out to the city of Detroit? (all in the name of good vs evil of course)…
Zack Snyder’s spent the last couple of months filming on location in downtown Chicago and also New Mexico. Photos that were leaked showed The Daily Planet headquarers, a dessert fortress, and a grey-haired Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck).
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters on March 25, 2016.
Via – ScreenRant