With Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice just around the corner in March, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are starting to sell and market the new superhero movie to audiences. The DC Extended Universe has been three years in the making after the release of Man of Steel in 2013, and Warner Bros. is now properly continuing what they started.
DC Entertainment has to do something really special to wow audiences in the current age of superhero cinema, and part of the studios’ approach to being different looks to include delivering movies with an overall darker tone. While Marvel Studios movies are by comparison lighter and full of funny quips, it seems that Batman V Superman will take a comparatively more serious approach.
During an interview with Obsev.com, Zack Snyder talked about the tone of his upcoming film. He emphasized that it’s a drama about two superheroes figuring each other out rather than just a beat-em-up action film as its title would suggest. According to Snyder:
“I think the fun of the movie is that in the end it’s a drama. They have to figure out each other to fight each other. So it’s about what makes them tick and how that’s going to work out in a conflict.”
Snyder also mentioned that Batman V Superman is sort of the start of a new trilogy with the Justice League Part One being the natural progression of the superhero team. Moreover, that Justice League would feature a bigger villain than who are featured in Batman V Superman. Snyder continued:
“We’re working on Justice League right now, right? In a weird way, Justice League is the next step for these characters to form a bigger team. Maybe there’s a bigger enemy to fight.”
It will be interesting to see who the bigger enemy is in Justice League Part One, seeing as Doomsday appears to be the big baddie in Batman V Superman. There are rumors that Brainiac might play heavily in Justice League. Apparently, Brainiac was originally going to be the villain in the Man of Steel sequel, but Warner Bros. put the project on hold to make way for Batman V Superman instead. Darkseid is always a big baddie who could come into play, while there is some speculation that Snyder might adapt the “Darkseid Rising” comic book storyline for Justice League Part One and Part Two. Heck, maybe he’ll just assemble the Injustice League in one epic showdown between good and evil. (We can dream, right?)
Lastly, Zack Snyder commented on Ben Affleck’s work in Batman V Superman as an older Bruce Wayne, simply saying that “[Affleck] is an amazing Batman….He’s a great Batman.” So far, Affleck does seem impressive as Bruce Wayne and Batman alike, though we’ve only seen small glimpses of him in trailers and TV spots. Affleck has proven more capable of handling material like this in recent years, so that bodes well too.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and then Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.