San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is roughly a week away (at the time of writing this) and Warner Bros. is expected to have a big presence at the convention. Not only are director Zack Snyder and the cast of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice confirmed to appear in Hall H, but there's going to be a fair share of Batman and Superman merchandise at the event. Only time will tell what Snyder will reveal to fans during the presentation, but as the movie's release date approaches, fans are beginning to learn more and more about the story.
Batman v Superman's official synopsis put a heavy emphasis on the conflict between Ben Affleck's Batman and Henry Cavill's Superman, but Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman was left out the synopsis. It's still unclear just how big of a role Wonder Woman will play in Batman v Superman and, aside from one image of Gal Gadot in costume, there hasn't been that many looks at her character. Now, two brand new images of Wonder Woman have been released - and she's close to Bruce Wayne in one of them.
EW's image reveals Wonder Woman and Bruce Wayne both wearing nice clothing - Wonder Woman's in an expensive dress and Bruce is wearing one of his signature tuxedos - and the two are standing very close to one another during what appears to be some kind of event. Aside from the reveal of Wonder Woman's costume and another look at it on EW's cover (see below), this is the first official look we've received of Diana Prince without the Wonder Woman outfit in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Given that Wonder Woman is an ambassador from Themyscira in the comics, it's very possible she's visiting the rest of the world to get a read on humanity in Batman v Superman. After the devastating events in Man of Steel, Wonder Woman's nation is likely curious to see what happens next. Considering the way Bruce is staring at Wonder Woman in the picture, it seems to imply a potential attraction going on - and this wouldn't be the first time there's been attraction between the two; in the Justice League animated series, the two had a very close connection. Indeed, Affleck indicated to EW that the pair each have the other's number:
“I love the fact that there was this Thomas Crowne Affair, Bond-y sexy scene that they wrote about two people who are pretending to be two different people who each know the secrets of the other person.”
In addition, Affleck commented on what makes this version of Batman different than the other versions we've seen, saying, "He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it.” Affleck also remarked on the fact that there've been so many different incarnations of Batman at this point:
“Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet. We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations.”
EW's coverage includes a brand new photo of Jessie Eisenberg's Lex Luthor - and it's very different than the first official image of Lex Luthor. Instead of having the iconic bald look, Lex is sporting a full head of long hair in this new image. Obviously, in a world full of superheroes and demi-gods, a character deciding to later shave his head or somehow losing his hair isn't far-fetched, so it's possible he only has the below look for part of the movie before switching to Lex Luthor's classic look. Then again, it could also just be a bad wig.
While Henry Cavill's incredibly muscular and 6'1", Ben Affleck's taller, standing at 6'4". This is a quality director Zack Snyder appreciated, saying it's important to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's conflict between the two heroes:
“I liked the fact that Ben was 6’ 4” and taller than Henry. I wanted Superman to have to feel like he was looking up to Batman despite being so much stronger.”
While fans love to debate who wins in a fight between Batman and Superman, the real fight is often over morals: Who's right and who's in the wrong? Based on Batman v Superman trailer and the synopsis, this theme is clearly going to play a huge role in Batman and Superman's battle. No matter who wins the physical fight, it seems like Batman's mission is going to be to make a statement - not just attempt to knock out Superman.
The EW article also features official screenshots with Ben Affleck and Zack Snyder on the Batman v Superman set, Superman being surrounded by people who presumably worship him and want him to help them, and another look at Batman - in an armor inspired by Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns' - standing next to the Bat-signal. You can have a look over those images, below:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, 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 Green Lantern on June 19, 2020.