San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is just a few weeks away (at the time of writing this), and fans are wondering what Warner Bros. will reveal about its upcoming DC movies. At last year’s convention, director Zack Snyder gave fans their first look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) and a short teaser was played for fans who were able to make it into SDCC’s crowded Hall H.
Considering Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens next year and is followed by David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, it’s probable that Warner Bros. is going to drop some major fan service during its 2015 Hall H panel. The world has already seen a trailer for Batman v Superman and several official – and unofficial – photos of Suicide Squad, so the studio knows it needs to go big or go home to get the fans hyped. Because of that, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear the actor playing the new cinematic version of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman, Jesse Eisenberg, has confirmed he’ll be a part of the WB’s Hall H panel.
San Diego Comic-Con will begin in July (we’ll bring you all of the big updates as they’re announced), and during an interview with Collider, Eisenberg said he believes he’ll be on the stage for a full hour. Considering Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s opening will be less than a year away at that point, and the comic book movie has already been heavily teased, it’s safe to presume the cast and director will at least have an extensive discussion about the big movie. Odds are the studio will present something new to the fans – especially since people have to wait in an incredibly long line to get into Hall H – but the details of the presentation will most likely not be announced. Meanwhile, Eisenberg also stated he has a lot of faith in Oscar-winning writer Chris Terrio (Argo), who reworked David S. Goyer’s (Man of Steel) script:
“I like what this writer does, this guy Chris Terrio. He wrote this movie we did and I just think he’s so great. He’s such a good writer. I like what he does with characters, I like what he does with wordplay and cleverness. I like anything he writes.”
Man of Steel was a polarizing start to the DC movie universe. Some fans weren’t happy with the portrayal of Superman, while others appreciated the new approach to the iconic hero. No matter where fans stand in the argument, Terrio’s script focusing on character is good news, because the second chapter of the DCCU has a lot to tackle.
Not only must it deal with how the world – including Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor – responds to the emergence of a God-like figure, but it also has to do a compelling job handling the Man of Steel’s response to these reactions. As if that isn’t enough, rumor has it this movie will tease even more members of the Justice League (it is called “Dawn of Justice” after all) and it of course will need to build the hype for the future of this DC movie universe.
“Wordplay and cleverness” are also mandatory when dealing with characters as intelligent and cunning as Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor. Superman’s also technically a genius, but he tends to have a more restrained personality. Still, he’s going to need strong dialogue, otherwise those two characters will completely outshine him.
The official synopsis also revealed a “new threat” will emerge as the two popular characters clash. Rumor has it the physical threat will be a new take on Doomsday, the villain who is infamous for “killing” Superman in the comics. Given the two different conflicts (Batman vs. Superman; this unknown threat vs. humanity), many are speculating this bigger obstacle will force the two classic heroes to join forces and eventually become good friends – or at least respect and understand each other. A script that does a solid work with character motivation could prevent it from seeming like the dilemma between Batman and Superman is abruptly ended just so they can take down the new threat. Whether or not Wonder Woman will join the physical fight has yet to be revealed – but one can hope so.
There’s no doubt director Zack Snyder is capable of handling all of the movie’s action – visuals are one of his greatest strengths – but with this many plot threads being juggled, it’s reassuring to hear that Terrio is trying to make sure the movie isn’t lacking character. This is an ever-growing universe, after all, and making sure moviegoers care about these heroes and villains is going to be critical as more and more DC movies hit theaters.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017; Justice League – November 17, 2017; The Flash – March 23, 2018; Aquaman – July 27, 2018; Shazam – April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14, 2019; Cyborg – April 3, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19, 2020.