By Craig Martin
With “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,” now deep into the post production phase and just a little over six months away from hitting movie screens, details are continuing to emerge about the lynchpin film in Warner Bros.’ attempt at taking over the superhero film genre.
The latest interesting swerve in the film’s production saga is that Warner Bros. has requested that more Batman be put into the movie and therefore, less Superman. Supposedly, according to the screenings viewed by the higher up execs, Ben Affleck’s Batman is so good that he is blowing Henry Cavill’s Superman right off the screen.
Like it or not, Batman is the crown jewel of the DC Universe with immense following in the Arkham video-game space and the fast-tracked Batman “Lego Movie” spin off. Additionally, the upcoming “Suicide Squad” cast is composed of nearly all Batman characters. It is apparent how much more valuable the Dark Knight currently is than Superman.
This news was confirmed earlier this week in an interview that “Batman vs. Superman” director Zack Snyder had with The Daily Beast, in which he explained that it was necessary to feature more of the Caped Crusader in order to establish his new character in the context of the burgeoning “Justice League” empire.
“It’s a different Batman than the Batman that was in the Chris Nolan movies. We have a little bit more explaining to do—and you just had a whole Superman movie,” Snyder told the site. “You need to understand where Batman is with everything. And that’s more toward the beginning, but it evens back out as it goes on.”
With Ben Affleck riding high off of “Argo” and “Gone Girl,” he is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. So it only makes sense Warner Bros. would want more of the potent combination of him and the Batman. After all, besides his appearances in “Batman vs. Superman,” “Suicide Squad” and the two “Justice League” films, the studio has already ordered a standalone Batman film that Affleck himself will direct.
It is also interesting to note that Affleck’s personal production company is based on the Warner lot and it was “Argo” screenwriter Chris Terrio who came onboard “Batman vs. Superman” after Affleck wanted to heavily rewrite David Goyer’s original script. It appears to have worked, as several cast members, including Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Lex Luthor, can’t seem to stop praising the new script.
Meanwhile, Henry Cavill just starred in Warner’s costly misfire “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Now, that doesn’t mean they’re not fast-tracking a Superman movie. But it is pretty clear that Affleck as Batman has become the lynchpin of the new DC Cinematic Universe.