With production set to begin in 2014, there has been quite a bit of news about Batman vs. Superman over the last several months. Recently, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious) joined the cast as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa is reportedly being considered for a role in the film, and Joaquin Phoenix has even been rumored to be up for Lex Luthor. It’s enough to make your head spin.
One can only imagine what it must feel like for Zack Snyder and the rest of his team behind the camera, who are under pressure to deliver one of the biggest comic book movies in history. In a recent interview, Man of Steel producer Wesley Coller talked about the film and the expectations surrounding it.
Speaking with MLive.com while in town to deliver the commencement speech at his alma mater Eastern Michigan University, Coller was asked about the firestorm that erupted when Ben Affleck was first cast as the Dark Knight. Coller said his experience working on other Snyder films prepared him for the inevitable backlash that came with Affleck’s casting, explaining it’s actually a good thing that people are so worked up about the movie.
“Anything you do that’s culturally significant, or any time you deal with an iconic character or story, you’re going to hear responses from every possible perspective. So nothing surprises me anymore. If anything, that gauges the relevance of a property or character, and it’s invigorating to know people care that much. It inspires you to make the coolest version of the movie that you can. Ben is the perfect fit for Zack’s vision for this story.”
Another piece of news that has fans in a frenzy is the addition of Wonder Woman in the film. So far, reaction has been mixed, with many fans wondering why such an important character is being seemingly shoehorned into the film instead of getting her own movie. For his part, Coller simply said he was excited to see the iconic female superhero on the big screen, particularly as a father to a young daughter.
“[My daughter’s] favorite book is this little Wonder Woman flip book. It has the lasso, the invisible plane, the bracelets – every page has an image she’s just in awe with. And something that’s become a reality, being a dad with a new daughter, is that I have a special place in my heart for the idea of a strong, empowered female superhero being out there.”
On the subject of future Wonder Woman solo films, Coller was smartly noncommittal.
“We’re super excited to have her in the film. It will be a ton of fun. But at the same time, we’ve got to stay focused on the film we’re working on now.”
While it may be premature to talk about Wonder Woman solo films until Batman vs. Superman (or whatever it’s eventually called) comes out, you can bet that Warner Bros. has some major plans for the warrior princess if reaction to the character is favorable. As a Wonder Woman fan myself, I know that I’m hoping to see more of Diana Prince in action.
To learn more about Coller’s longstanding relationship with Zack Snyder and why they decided to film in Michigan, you can check out the whole article. In the meantime, let us know what you’re most excited about for Batman vs. Superman in the comments.
Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2 hits theaters July 17th, 2015.