While fans will have to wait until March 2016 until they see Batman and Superman to go battle in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, we can for now provide a sneak peek of what the opening scene of the film will contain - and some insight, regarding the reports that star Ben Affleck will be directing a solo Batman film in the future.
Following the release of a Batman V Superman magazine cover and new high-res production photos earlier this week, the new issue of Total Film magazine has been released today (at the time of writing this) - with Affleck (who's playing Bruce Wayne/Batman) and Henry Cavill (returning as Superman/Kal-El) revealing new information about the Zack Snyder project, at the same time.
Cavill, speaking with Total Film, has the following to say about the opening scene of Batman V Superman - a sequence that can be glimpsed in the movie's full-length trailer, it turns out:
“What happens there is one of Bruce’s buildings gets destroyed and he’s trying to save all the people inside the building and he can’t. So he is this angry person who fears what Superman may do. Why are they just going to trust this super-powered alien? What if he does decide to turn against us?”
Affleck also spoke about Bruce Wayne’s rage towards the Man of Steel:
“He’s found himself in a place of harboring a tremendous amount of rage for Superman. So it’s how he got there, and what that’s done to him, and what that’s done to people around him like Alfred, who are, I think, very scared and worried for him. It’s something that’s interesting and new.”
By starting off with such a powerful scene in Batman V Superman, audiences will understand why people like Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) are inclined to not trust Superman. By framing Superman more as a dangerous alien than a revered superhero (at least to begin with), BvS seems to be taking a more realistic approach of how citizens of Earth would react to a super-powered alien from space. Tying back into a scene from Man of Steel not only supports what Zack Synder has been saying all along (especially with regard to that controversial Man of Steel scene), but will help act as a bridge between two films.
While the primary focus on the interview was focused on the upcoming BvS, Affleck was asked whether or not he would be directing a solo Batman film:
“If I could make it work, yeah, Obviously that would be like a dream. The trick is, as to any movie, is to make sure that you – if you’re going to direct it – that you can make it good. You’ve got to have the right idea and the right take on it… Broadly speaking, it’s something I’d be open to, for sure. It’s a very exciting idea.”
With no set release date or official announcement from Warner Brothers, it seems like Ben Affleck is in no rush to commit to a Batman film - though, at this stage, he probably can't speak publicly about the project yet, either way. Still, as a critically acclaimed director, Affleck might be pickier about what type of Batman story he wants to tackle within the contest of Warner Brothers’ DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Rumor has it that WB studio heads are quite pleased with Affleck's performance in BvS, so a solo movie for him may only be a matter of time, all the same.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.
Source: Total Film