Though the majority of the world’s current cinematic fervor seems to be directed at the latest iteration of Star Wars (the stunning new trailer didn’t hurt) comic lovers are rejoicing thanks to a new crop of photos and a few juicy plot points from the beginning of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film, slated to release in 2016, marks the start of DC Comics’ push to compete with the all-encompassing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The newest issue of Total Film had the scoop on the film’s latest developments but, being the generous gods they are, they’ve released a gallery of images online, including a few pilfered excerpts from an article detailing the setup to the film. Thanks to forum user/apparent Total Film subscriber/Batman’s wife “Mrs. Wayne,” Superman Henry Cavill revealed the following:
What happens there is one of Bruce’s buildings gets destroyed and he’s trying to save all the people inside the building and he can’t. So he is this angry person who fears what Superman may do. Why are they just going to trust this super-powered alien? What if he does decide to turn against us?
This lays a telling foundation for the proceedings of the film which, if the title weren’t telling enough, pits two of comic books’ greatest against each other. Unfortunately, for those of us wishing to see Batman pummel the ever-loving crap out of Superman, the film is serving mostly to lay the foundation of the inevitable Justice League movie. It sadly kills a lot of suspense, but it should be an enjoyable brawl nonetheless.
“Mrs. Wayne” also released page captures from the issue that detailed our latest Ben Affleck’s (i.e. our latest Batman) interest in directing a future solo Batman film. Producer Charles Rowan offered a few helpful tidbits but remained vague about the whole affair, stating:
Of course, the script obviously has to be worthy of him wanting to direct it. And once that happens, it’s still got to fit into the calendar. We’re hoping we can make it happen. We’re just at the beginning of the question.
Despite the wishy-washy nature of the statement, Affleck himself offered “Look, if I could make it work, yeah. Obviously it would be a dream,” which should be enough to give devout Argo fans something to look forward to.
Batman vs. Superman premieres March 25th, 2016 and the DC cinematic lineup will continue from there with the star-studded Suicide Squad, followed shortly thereafter by a standalone Wonder Woman film – though we’re still entirely unsure of how exactly Gal Gadot’s warrior princess will fit into Dawn of Justice as well as Khal Drogo – ahem… Jason Momoa which will lead to the standalone Aquaman film scheduled for July 27th, 2018.