DC’s superhero movie universe is one of the biggest stories in the entertainment industry this year, starting with quite possibly THE most iconic superhero team-up of all in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. But the building of the DCU is about to go from 0 to 100 (real quick), with recent reports hinting at an ambitious schedule of up to three films a year, stretching from 2016 to 2018.
With so much secrecy still surrounding the Batman V Superman movie – as well as some pretty big casting rumors – many fans expect that DC and Warner Bros. will finally be looking to tear down the house at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con – a venue that Marvel Studios has traditionally ruled in the era of shared universe superhero films. Last year, all it took was the announcement of Batman V Superman at Comic-Con to grab headlines; but this year is already shaping up to be something on a whole other level.
With big official reveals on the horizon, more and more rumors – which are more and more likely to be true – are starting to leak out to different websites, and today we start things off with updates on the following areas of the DCU:
- DC/WB’s rumored plans for Comic-Con 2014 (THIS PAGE)
- Details about Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman
- New Details about Batman in Batman V Superman
- New Details about Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman
- Possible other villains in Batman V Superman
Comic-Con Plans Revealed?
We expect big casting announcements (or confirmations) like Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, or who might be fulfilling the roles of major characters like Flash or Green Lantern or even Shazam. With a Justice League movie expected soon after BvS, it’s not too much of a leap to expect DC/WB to follow Marvel’s 2010 Comic-Con campaign and bring their full Justice League cast on stage.
With production on Dawn of Justice having been underway for months now, it’s not too crazy to also think that some epic teaser footage will be screened at the ‘Con as well – and that seems to be exactly what the game plan is, if rumors are to believed. According from El Mayimbe over at Latino Review:
HOT #SDCC2014 RUMOR! The DC/Warners panel will show a hot clip from BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. FIND SPOT @ HALL H line NOW! RT— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) June 22, 2014
We got an early look at the new Batmobile in the first photo of Ben Affleck’s Batman in costume; but as this ‘Con veteran can attest, it’s always cooler when you get to see movie Batmobiles in the flesh, so to speak. There are a lot of questions looming over the Batman V Superman car design (is it too Nolanesque? A good mix of the modern and traditional? Etc.) so expect some more in-depth descriptions of it, come Comic-Con time.
As for the footage: OF COURSE it’s probably going to be shown. As we keep saying: it’s looking more and more like this is DC/WB’s official foray into a real, legitimate, shared superhero universe. They are looking to OWN the show at Comic-Con ’14 – and if they show even thirty seconds of just Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and/or Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) onscreen (hell, just standing there looking at one another silently) it’d be enough to bring the house down.
The New Wonder Woman
In a new video exclusive (which you can view HERE), JoBlo drops a roundup of Batman V Superman rumors, which could potentially reveal a lot about the primary characters (Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman), as well as the overall story. We’ll start with the Wonder Woman details.
It’s being said that Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) will appear in a “fair amount of the film” as her civilian alter-ego (Diana), with a vague origin that is likely to be explained in a later solo film. Diana will suit up as Wonder Woman for the final battle ( a la Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in Iron Man 2) – and when she DOES suit up, all fears about the Wonder Woman costume may be put to rest.
According to the report, the Wonder Woman costume is a variation of the classic look, with the blue bottoms, boots, silver gauntlets (the tiara!) and a variation of the traditional body armor. It’s said to be combat-ready in design and was described as “badass.” She’ll have four weapons – sword, spear, the golden lasso and a shield – and the shield she’ll wear strapped to her back like Captain America.
All in all, it sounds like the New 52 Wonder Woman design with some classic elements worked in. Personally I tend to believe this description, as Ben Affleck’s Batman looks like a variation on iconic comic book designs – and Superman’s new costume is rumored to be more comic book-loyal, as well. For all the flack he’s gotten, Zack Snyder could be making the most faithful DC movie to date – at least on a costume level.
In the next section of their report, JoBlo talks about some finer details rumored to be a part of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, such as:
- Batman’s motivation
- Lex Luthor’s motivation
- Possible other villains
- Details on Wayne Manor and the Batcave
The New Batman
First of all: The Batman. Apparently Ben Affleck’s Batman is a veteran crime-fighter (as we’ve heard many times) who will do what’s necessary to get the job done. (Sounds like the sort of Justice League animated series Batman we wanted to see!) His friction with Superman is said to come from the fact that Superman is a willing follower, whereas Batman does what he wants in more independent, vigilante style (the sort of thing that was a focus of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns – a known inspiration for BvS).
As for home base: It’s said that while Wayne Manor exists, Bruce Wayne actually lives elsewhere on the property in a modern cottage, with access to the Batcave underneath. Vehicles are said to include the new Batmobile and also a new version of the Batwing.
The New Lex Luthor
Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor has been something of a mystery – a baffling one, in the minds of many fans. Lex rumors have been coming out steadily in recent months, pointing to a depiction of the character as basically being an evil version of Mark Zuckerberg from The Social Network. With a cutting edge company and billions of dollars behind him, Lex (who sports red hair – at the start of the film, at least) is said to consider himself the peak of humanity, and god’s gift to mankind. That slightly inflated ego is understandably punctured by the revelation of Superman, who is far beyond what humanity can be.
It’s said that what many figured early on will turn out to be true: Lex will try to paint Superman as the ultimate threat to humanity, and rally people to his side. This would put Superman in a hard position where his all his vaunted powers could end up doing him more harm (in the court of public opinion) than good. It also creates an interesting dynamic in which Batman’s skills as a rogue tactician makes him an asset to Superman, able to help the Man of Steel outwit Lex, rather than overpower him.
Other Possible Villains
More interesting is the brief mention in the report of a secondary villain that requires Superman, Batman AND Wonder Woman’s combined efforts. Late last year there were rumors swirling that Superman’s nemesis Doomsday was in Batman V Superman – and as far as we’re concerned, that could still be true.
JoBlo points to a villain created or controlled by Lex Luthor – a villain that requires three DC superheroes to bring him or her down. If not the unstoppable force of Doomsday, our next bet would be Lex creating something like Bizarro, or Parasite, Atomic Skull or Metallo – all villains who could conceivably crawl out of a LexCorp lab and be formidable in their own right.
The Bizarro angle plays well as a way for Lex to demonstrate the destructive power of “Superman” (even utilizing Kal-El’s DNA to do so); the Doomsday angle would work if Lex wanted to create something that could actually kill the Man of Steel (and thereby demonstrate Lex’s superior mind winning over Superman’s brawn). We’re interested to see which way the filmmakers go.
Hopefully a lot of this will be confirmed at Comic-Con 2014. Stay tuned for our coverage of that, July 24th – 27th.