'Batman vs. Superman' To Be Shot by '300' Cinematographer Larry Fong

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Ben Affleck playing Bruce Wayne/Batman - colloquially known as Batfleck - will be the major new onscreen addition to the Man of Steel sequel (unofficially known as Batman vs. Superman), where he joins Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fisburne, who are returning from director Zack Snyder's divisive, yet ultimately successful relaunch of the Superman movie franchise.

Snyder is co-writing the Batman vs Superman screen story with David S. Goyer, who is back on screenwriting duties for the sequel. We've heard rumors about the side characters that could be included in Goyer's script, ranging from Superman's other iconic billionaire antagonist/foil, Lex Luthor, to a love interest for Affleck's playboy Wayne; for the time being, though, nothing has been confirmed as far as concrete plot details go for Supe and Bat's live-action cinematic team-up debut (other than the story will address the collateral damage that resulted from an inexperienced Kal-El's city-demolishing battle with General Zod and his forces).

Additional casting announcements will be arriving over the next few month, as we count-down to the start of principal photography on the Man of Steel sequel (with production in Detroit and other Michigan cities expected to get underway early next year). Cinematographer Larry Fong - who collaborated with Snyder on 300, Watchmen and Sucker Punch - will serve as director of photography on Batman vs. Superman, according to his Worldwide Production Agency resume (hat tip to Coming Soon reader Glitch for uncovering this). The film, as mentioned before, is still officially-untitled, despite Fong's resume indicating otherwise.

Fong, in case you weren't aware, did not shoot Man of Steel (pardon the wording) for Snyder; instead, the latter collaborated with cinematographer Amir Mokri, whose other credits include Fast & Furious and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Meanwhile, Fong was busy serving as the director of photography on this year's popular magician heist action/thriller, Now You See Me, after having shot the sci-fi throwback Super 8 with director J.J. Abrams. (Mokri and Snyder, as it were, also used the occasional Abrams-favorite lens flare effect in Man of Steel.)

Zack Snyder and Larry Fong shooting 300
Zack Snyder and Larry Fong filming '300'

Man of Steel was shot using documentary-eseque techniques similar to those used in cinema veritae (handheld camerawork, snap-zooms), which bothered some moviegoers and cinema buffs - possessing an avid knowledge of the technical side of filmmaking - who aren't fans of "realism" in cinematography, when it comes to superhero films and blockbusters. As opposed to, being okay with that approach in docudrama fare made by the likes of director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), where the style is often simply identified as shaky cam.

However, Snyder and Mokri's decision to forgo visual slickness for more rough n' tumble imagery did imbue the catastrophic destruction in Man of Steel's third act with a heightened sense of awe and immediacy (in this writer's opinion, anyway). Snyder and Fong's previous collaborations were far more smooth and stylized in form than Man of Steel, but it stands to reason that the duo will at least partly carryover the (intentionally) rougher aesthetic for Batman vs. Superman instead (if only to maintain storytelling continuity and for thematic purposes).

Let us know if would are hoping that Batman vs Superman will be shot more in the vein of 300 and Watchmen rather than Man of Steel, now that Fong is reuniting with Snyder on the project. Or, rather, sound off if you approve of the shot choices in Snyder's Superman movie reboot and feel that it's all the more appropriate for the sequel, seeing how the Man of Steel universe is being expanded to include Batman and (possibly) his crime-ridden home turf.


Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2 will open in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Source: Coming Soon

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