The film exploded out of Comic-Con 2013 with the headline that it would be the Batman vs. Superman movie fans have been waiting on forever - and it didn't stop there, either. Not even two months later we got the mega-shocker that Ben Affleck is playing Batman in the movie - information that the Internet is still reeling from. But all of this game-changing news, coming so rapidly, raised a serious question; namely, how was this thing coming together so quickly?
In 20/20 hindsight, the clues were always there: In the weeks leading up to Man of Steel's release, star Henry Cavill started openly discussing how cool a Batman/Superman team-up film would be. As we joked on our Comic Con recap podcast, it should've been obvious to all that Cavill (working under the lock-and-stock WB media machine) would've never been out making such fanboy-stirring claims in public, if there wasn't already fire under all the smoke he was blowing.
Seems that assessment was correct, because in a new interview with Yahoo, Batman vs. Superman writer David S. Goyer comes clean about the fact that the film is already more developed than fans think:
“One of the things that has been fun for us, is we’re a bit a further a long than what I think people realize..."
That's certainly good news for people who have been worried that the turnaround time - a fall 2013 production start to the summer 2015 release date - was going to be too rushed, at the ultimate expense of the movie. Clearly, from Goyer's words, work on this film has been underway for some time, most likely ever since we heard those pre-Man of Steel rumblings that WB was confident it had a hit on its hands and had fast-tracked the sequel.
Goyer's claim is also likely to challenge those who were unabashedly cynical when the Dark Knight Trilogy/Man of Steel scribe recently claimed that the epic destruction caused during that controversial Man of Steel ending was something they had always planned to address in a sequel. Of course, the one major downside to all this progress on the movie is that if the story for Batman vs. Superman was indeed locked in as far back as late spring/early summer, it means that none of our great suggestions for the film's storyline are going to be utilized!
The... "helpfulness" of the Internet masses is something Goyer definitely addresses, when discussing why you CANNOT engage the Web when it comes to writing your superhero movie:
“From a fan point of view, we’re conscious of that when you’re working on these things, but you can’t let yourself be paralyzed by that. At the end of the day you still have to creat something. And if you try and think, ‘Well what would the fans like’ then you stop being creative. It’s sort of like where does it end? You have to write the story that you want to write, and hope that people want to see it.”
....And therein lies the big gamble: Do Zack Snyder and Goyer have a Batman/Superman movie that people want to see?
Things started off promising with the movie being announced by a famous quote from Frank Miller's seminal story "The Dark Knight Returns" - but Goyer's script work remains a thing of much fan debate, in terms of quality. The filmmakers had enough gravitas in their story to pull in a star like Affleck, who - coming of an Argo Oscar win - doesn't need to have this sort of aggravation in his life, so interpret that how you will. I personally choose to see the assemblage of talent as a hopeful sign that great things are in store for a movie that deserves no less than greatness.
There's more to the interview with Goyer - including him talking about the challenge of executing a seemingly-absurd battle like Batman vs. Superman. Click the link below to watch the full video:
Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on July 17, 2015.