DC and Warner Bros. may have been half a decade late to the party in establishing their own inter-connected movie universe by re-introducing their cinematic Superman with 2013's Man of Steel, but their new Extended Universe is set to expand in a big way with 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. And that expansion will only continue, following the release of Suicide Squad later that year, and then Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017.
We're six months away from Batman V Superman's U.S. release and we are learning more and more about Zack Snyder's highly anticipated superhero showdown every week. Beyond the ever-fascinating rumors, we have insights from Snyder himself, who most recently described Batman V Superman as essentially Man of Steel 2. Lately, the big question revolves around the main characters: is Batman (Ben Affleck) or Superman (Henry Cavill) really the main character?
Now, a new rumor suggests that the studio may be trying to split the difference. According to Heroic Hollywood, Warner Bros. will premiere two one-minute long television trailers on the night of Monday, October 26th, one focused on Batman, the other on Superman. The Superman trailer will supposedly run during the series premiere of Supergirl on CBS, while the Batman trailer will run during Gotham on FOX the same night. After that, a new full-length trailer for the film will be released in November, reportedly before Creed, Spectre, or The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.
This rumor is as-yet completely unsubstantiated, so take it with a grain of salt, as usual. While this report does fall in line with the news that following the successful early screenings of Batman V Superman, studio executives wanted to see more of Ben Affleck's Batman -- and the idea of two different character trailers isn't a bad one -- it seems unlikely that the two networks would cooperate like this.
Pressure from the studio in the name of synergy might convince FOX and CBS to promote Batman V Superman on their DC-based shows, but it's very difficult to believe that CBS in particular would choose to let Batman V Superman take the spotlight from their Supergirl premiere. There is a lot riding on Supergirl, given its pedigree -- co-created by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg of Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow -- and its status as the network's first modern inroad into the superhero genre. On the other hand, rumors of a Superman-specific trailer could help boost ratings for the pilot.
As for Gotham, a Batman character trailer could give audiences the impression that the series is canon for the DC Extended Universe and an officially-sanctioned backstory for Ben Affleck's Batman/Bruce Wayne. This is the most unlikely scenario of all, especially since the DC TV shows and movies are and will remain separate. Time will tell if any of this is true, but it's a stretch.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Womanon 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 Corpson June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.
Source: Heroic Hollywood