First Look At The DC Trinity For BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, Plus Epic Stills!


Entertainment Weekly got their hands on some exclusive stills for DC Comics' upcoming movie, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, they feature Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne seemingly getting pretty close to Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, DC's Trinity, Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, Superman of course, and some behind-the-scenes stuff! Check them down below!


Zack Snyder recalls the first time he pitched the idea, in a meeting with franchise co-captains Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, it was only meant as an Easter egg. “I said, ‘What about at the end of the movie we do a scene where there’s a crate full of kryptonite delivered to Wayne Manor,’” says Snyder. “Everyone was like…‘Okaay.’ Once you say it out loud it’s a problem because you can’t unsay it.”

“We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations,” Affleck tells EW of the caped crusader, calling him the American version of Hamlet. Affleck went on to describe his version of the character, saying: “He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it…He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it, but this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.” Worried that Superman’s unequaled power makes him more of a potential fascistic overlord than the hero we need, he makes it his duty to take him out of the sky for good.

The outlet also had a description of the new Wayne Manor for the film, calling it “a desolate husk, overtaken by weeds and water-stains after years of neglect.”

Not content to consolidate only two eggs in this basket, they’ve also thrown in appearances by Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) for good measure. After all, this isn’t just a single movie, it’s a waystation to the upcoming Justice League double-fister, not to mention a whole slew of other attractions on the DC Extended Universe™ road map. And building a franchise into a potential behemoth is no easy work.“It’s a marathon. No, it’s a marathon within a marathon,” says Snyder. “Do you know that race from Death Valley to the top of Mount Whitney? It’s, like, 100 miles and it’s from the lowest point in the continental United States to the highest. It’s crazy. Anyway, it’s like that.”



Batman and Superman square off for the first time
If you’re going toe-to-toe with the son of Jor-El, you better come correct. For his climactic rooftop brawl with Superman, Batman outfits himself with a reinforced mech-suit equipped with strength-augmenting armor and, yes, kryptonite. The design resembles the one used for the confrontation between these two in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.


The dark Dark Knight
The grit and gray of Man of Steel was both a continuation of the attempted realism of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy and a counterpoint to Marvel’s bright, zippy playtime. And that was before Zack Snyder ever got to Gotham. “It means that when it was supposed to look rainy and miserable, it had to be rainy and miserable,” says Affleck of the high chance of precipitation on set. “The long dark night of the soul and whatnot.” 




Mr. Wayne, meet Ms. Prince
Batman and Wonder Woman have a meeting of alter-egos as Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince parry and flirt at a high-society function. “I love the fact that there was this Thomas Crowne Affair, Bond-y sexy scene that they wrote about two people who are pretending to be two different people who each know the secrets of the other person,” says Ben Affleck.


Would you Friend this man?
Jesse Eisenberg builds on his experience from The Social Network to play a billionaire with even grander schemes: Lex Luthor. And while his version of the villain might be sporting luscious locks in this photo, you can rest assured that the movie will feature that iconic chrome dome.


Man, alien, or God?
Henry Cavill returns to reprise his role as Superman from Man of Steel, but this time the point-of-view has shifted. “I like to think that Man of Steel was the perspective of the world from Clark, Kal-El, looking at the world and trying to exist with in it,” says Cavill. “Batman v Superman is definitely more mankind’s perspective of Superman.”


The new Batman and his director

With Batman v Superman, the enormous chassis of Warner Bros.’ new franchise is just starting to reach liftoff, but Zack Snyder has already been working on the DC universe for nearly five years. “It’ll be five years by the time the movie comes out,” says Snyder “And then if everything goes to plan it’ll be another five years of Justice League. I’ll be 10 years of superheroes by the end of this.” A decade of this man’s life.

UPDATE:

Following these first images from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, even more information on the highly-anticipated film has debuted online. In the print edition of EW’s Comic-Con special issue (via Comic Book), three scenes from the movie are described and read as follows:


  • 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.




While speaking to Entertainment Weekly(via CBM), director Zack Snyder reveals that before the follow up to Man Of Steel became a Batman/Superman flick, John Corben was going to feature. "I remember talking about 'What's the next villain?'" Snyder told the mag. "'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." At least we now know Metallo is on Snyder and WB's radar, so there's a good chance he will be utilized in a future movie.

Additionally, EW confirms that the script for the upcoming Justice League Part One has been completed by screenwriter Chris Terrio, who re-wrote David Goyer’s initial draft of “Dawn of Justice.” Perhaps this is where Brainiac will rear his ugly head when the film hits theaters on November 10, 2017.


Ben Affleck being cast as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's titular Dark Knight came as a huge surprise, and it turns out that even the actor was shocked to get the call. "My first reaction was, ‘Are you sure?’" he tells Entertainment Weekly. "At the time I was 40, 41, and had just finished Argo, and I felt like ‘This seems like a strange way to get to Batman.’ But Zack convinced me." Reiterating that the movie will play on the fact that this Caped Crusader is a little older, Affleck added that Bruce Wayne will still very much be keeping up the playboy facade from the comics (and Nolan's Batman movies). "He really keeps up the image of the playboy, actively. So you have more of a dichotomy which I thought was really fun, and a little sad, like the aging playboy."

However, it turns out that Affleck may have accepted the job for an even more surprising reason. While he's found great success with the likes of The Town and Argo, the filmmaker is now keen on helming a big budget superhero movie. "I thought if I was going to direct a movie like this, which I would like to do at some point, I need to have something of a refresher course of how these movies are done," the man who is rumoured to helm The Batman in a few years time teased.

Entertainment Weekly has another piece up about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and this one brings with it some interesting new story details. Ben Affleck describes his Batman as being "at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it," while the site adds that this version of the Caped Crusader has been protecting Gotham City for twenty years now. Wayne Manor meanwhile has been left a "desolate husk, overtaken by weeds and water-stains after years of neglect." Don't mistake him for a helpless old man though, as he'll definitely be giving the Man of Steel a run for his money when they finally come to blows. "I liked the fact that Ben was 
 6’ 4” and taller 
than Henry," says director Zack Snyder. "I wanted Superman to 
have to feel like 
he was looking up to Batman despite being so much stronger."


Affleck went on to talk about the responsibility of suiting up as the Dark Knight, a role no one could have ever really imagined him taking on after starring in Daredevil. "Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet. We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations." Talking of the Man Without Fear, the Batman v Superman star made it clear that he has nothing nice to say about that particular movie. "Daredevil didn’t work, at all. If I wanted to go viral I would be less polite,. That was before people realized you could make these movies and make them well. There was a cynical sense of ‘Put a red leather outfit on a guy, have him run around, hunt some bad guys, and cash the check.’" 

Marvel Studios have eleven hits under their belt, and Ant-Man looks set to be the twelfth if tracking is to be believed. Warner Bros. meanwhile have a lot of catching up to do, but they'll be making their impact felt in 2016 with the amazing looking Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Is director Zack Snyder worried about moviegoers getting sick of the superhero movie genre before the DC Cinematic Universe get off the ground though? "If [this gеnrе] tаlks аbоut us аnd thе humаn соnditiоn, whiсh I think hоpеfully thеsе mоviеs dо in sоmе wаy, thеn I think thаt it dоеsn’t rеаlly hаvе аn еxpirаtiоn dаtе," the filmmaker revealed. "But l dо bеliеvе thе sоrt оf mаss-mаrkеtеd соnsumеrist vеrsiоn соuld gеt thin if yоu’rе nоt саrеful. Wе’vе just gоt tо bе саrеful."

Ben Affleck is also pretty positive when it comes to the future of superhero movies, and went on to discuss how Snyder's visual style is helping this world stand out from similar types of releases. "It is mоrе mythiс, it is mоrе grаnd in thаt wаy, аnd it is а littlе mоrе rеаlistiс," the actor said of this approach to the DC Cinematic Universe. "Just by thеir nаturе, thеsе films саn’t bе аs funny оr аs quiсk аnd аs glib аs Mаrvеl mоviеs."


Man of Steel came under fire for the amount of death and destruction which was included in the movie, and it's a topic which has been talked to death for the past two years. Avengers: Age of Ultron went out of its way to show heroes saving civiliants (a shot at DC perhaps?), but the Batman v Superman helmer has his own thoughts on that. "I wаs surprisеd bесаusе thаt’s thе thеsis оf Supеrmаn fоr mе, thаt yоu саn’t just hаvе supеrhеrоеs knосk аrоund аnd hаvе thеrе bе nо соnsеquеnсеs,. Thеrе аrе оthеr supеrhеrо mоviеs whеrе thеy jоkе аbоut hоw bаsiсаlly nо оnе’s gеtting hurt. Thаt’s nоt us."

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 is the highly-anticipated action adventure starring 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.

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