“Batman Vs. Superman” Update; DC Cinematic Universe Plans

January 20, 20140 Comments

So let’s recap what we already know about the upcoming Man of Steel sequel titled BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN that was recently pushed back to May 6th, 2016.

Zack Snyder is returning to direct and David S. Goyer is back as screenwriter. Both Snyder and Goyer collaborated on the story. Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman/Clark Kent with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning as well. New additions include Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Now let’s look at some of the rumors. Variety reports that the main villain role “is still in Joaquin Phoenix’s court.” It isn’t confirmed yet, but sources say the main villain will be Lex Luthor.

“General Napier” informed comicbookmovie.com that Henry Cavill will have a shorter haircut in the sequel resembling Superman’s look in Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s “Kingdom Come” (minus the gray hair).

Even though Ben Affleck was seen at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards walking around just fine, word is that Affleck suffered a musculature injury. Supposedly the injury isn’t too severe. He’s expected to be back at full-health sometime in April. At the moment, he supposedly can’t perform certain movements for the fight sequences, and a stunt double will be used. However, the injury is not the reason the film was pushed back.

There are multiple reasons why the film was delayed, but one deals with the budget. Executive Producers are debating whether to feature Wonder Woman’s home, Paradise Island (Themyscira). If they feature the island they’d have to consider where/how to shoot the location and it would involve a lot of CGI work.

Latino Review reports that the current plan is to shoot Batman vs. Superman and Justice League back to back although others say it isn’t confirmed yet. It seems that Batman vs Superman would end with an “insane cliffhanger/teaser” that would lead into Justice League, released the following year.

It appears that cliffhangers will be WB’s master plan to compete with Marvel Studios. Marvel is notorious for their post-credits scenes and WB doesn’t want to copy that. Instead they plan to end each film with a cliffhanger, setting up the next film in their cinematic universe. WB also wants to produce short films for their lesser known characters… similar to Marvel’s One-Shots. The cool thing is that these short films would play after the credits instead of appearing as a bonus feature.

I personally like the idea of a bonus short film after the credits. However, I don’t like the idea of the cliffhangers. Movies aren’t television. I groan when a film ends in a cliffhanger because you have to wait 1-3 years to see what happens. It works with TV because you usually only have to wait a week. They should focus on telling a complete story instead of setting up the next sequel because sometimes those sequels don’t happen. I know DC wants to beat Marvel, but they’ll do it by giving the fans solid adaptations instead of gimmicks.

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