Ahead of their highly-anticipated panel at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Warner Bros. has been revealing some more details about their mega superhero crossover event, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Thanks to a cover story from EW, we’ve gotten new images of some of the principal players in action, and learned that Batman would indeed be using some form of Kryptonite in his big fight against the Man of Steel.
As one might expect, much of the publicity for the film in this early going has been about the two titular heroes that will be duking it out, but the movie is going to be much, much more than Bruce Wayne squaring off against Kal-El. Looking to build up the DC shared cinematic universe, director Zack Snyder is including a handful of connections to the larger world, which includes giving Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) her big screen debut.
Since Diana Prince has largely been absent from any of the marketing so far (and was not mentioned in the official synopsis), some have been wondering just how large her part in the proceedings will be. As of now, it looks like a lion’s share of the screen time will be devoted to Batman and Superman, but Snyder isn’t going to shortchange Wonder Woman fans eager to see their favorite heroine take action. In fact, he’s envisioned it as a fairly sizable role in the franchise, telling EW that he has big plans for the character:
“She plays a super-important part. In a lot of ways, she’s the gateway drug to the rest of the Justice League.”
Though Snyder’s statement was vague, it could mean that Wonder Woman is going to be the DCMU’s version of Nick Fury, in that she is the one who assembles the Justice League. That would certainly be a “super-important” part for her to have in the blossoming franchise. It might catch some people off guard, but frankly sounds very plausible. There have been a few rumors circulating about Wonder Woman’s supposed age, with some reports saying that she will be hundreds of years old by the time we meet her in Batman v Superman. If that’s the case, then she would certainly have the experience and universe knowledge required to band together a team of metahumans to protect the world from various threats.
It’s definitely within the realm of possibility that Diana is acting as an ambassador for her home world of Themyscira to investigate individuals like Superman and determine their value on a squad of superheroes (and perhaps, to warn Earth of impending doom). In a way, she could serve as the voice of reason, teaching Superman and Batman that there are bigger concerns than whatever personal differences bring them to blows. At this point, anything is possible.
Speaking of Batman, there are certain moviegoers who still are not over the fact that Ben Affleck will be the next actor to wear the cape and cowl. The casting of the Oscar-winner set the Internet ablaze when it happened a couple of years ago, with many fearing DC’s biggest movie would end up being Daredevil 2.0. In an interview with EW, Affleck explained why he took the role, potentially teasing his further involvement with WB’s franchise down the line:
“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.”
By “a movie like this,” he’s addressing the possibility of him helming a massive blockbuster tentpole one day. This decade has seen Affleck prove himself as a more than capable filmmaker, with works like The Town and Argo becoming both critical and commercial hits. Still, there’s a few differences between a thriller like Argo and a big-scale superhero movie, as the latter typically relies more on spectacle and jaw-dropping action sequences to deliver the excitement. That’s one of the reasons Affleck has been hesitant to be behind the camera for a superhero flick, despite being rumored several times.
Of course, this will only add fuel to the fire that Affleck is going to be the one to direct the next standalone Batman movie, which is allegedly being planned for a 2018 release. When compared to other DC characters, Batman is certainly more grounded than his Justice League colleagues, meaning that the crime drama elements of a Dark Knight story would fit well with Affleck’s talents as a filmmaker. Even so, there will be an expectation for some big set pieces, so if Affleck is learning from Snyder (who has always directed action well), he should be in good hands to be better prepared to helm a major comic book film.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.