Various studios and people are under great pressure right now, such as Disney and J.J. Abrams’ who need “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to perform to prove the studio’s $4 billion investment was worthwhile.
A few months later, another high pressure project hits with Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Though “Man of Steel” technically introduced the DC Extended Universe, ‘Dawn’ is the real start of a whole new slate of films for the studio which is coming off a troubling year and is looking to films based on DC properties to secure its future.
Everyone involved is feeling the pinch, most notably Warners CEO Kevin Tsujihara and actor Ben Affleck who stars as Batman in the movie. Affleck was initially subjected to much vitriol for his casting, but public opinion on that seems to have turned around to some extent. Even so, he’s well aware he’s not out of the woods yet and tells Variety:
“I think there is a ton of pressure on it. I mean I would be bulls–ting you to say there isn’t… We are a very kind of instant gratification culture when it comes to analyzing the film business. And there is a lot of hyperbole involved. Nonetheless, there’s a lot of pressure on it. If it doesn’t do well, that will be extremely disappointing.
You’ll see next year they [Warner Bros.] are going to have a great year. They are now developing … probably the single greatest under-exploited IP asset in the entertainment business, the DC comic world. And now they have started to exploit that and you are going to see that blossom. And, when it does, it’s going to be massive.”
Affleck went on to praise Tsujihara for his involvement in the franchise and the overall plan for the studio’s adaptation of the DC properties:
“I was really impressed by that and by the intelligence of his notes, and the fact that he cared. It was not like some guys, especially at that level, where it would be, ‘We need a franchise movie… we just need a movie with the names ‘Batman’ and ‘Superman’ on it and it doesn’t matter what it is. For him, that wasn’t it. He was willing to take longer to make the movie to get it right to make it a movie of higher quality.”
Affleck’s heavily commited to the DC world now with an appearance in next year’s “Suicide Squad” and a rumored appearance in “Wonder Woman,” along with a major role in the “Justice League” films and a standalone “The Batman” film also said to be in the works. Affleck is currently helming an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s “Live By Night”.
In related news, new reports have come up about the villains that we’ll get to see not just this but the “Justice League” films as well.
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The first comes from a toy photo on Twitter which suggests that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor in ‘Dawn of Justice’ may get to don a version of the green and purple armor the character has worn in the comics. Tie-in toys for films have often proven an unpredictable indicator of actual scenes in films so its veracity is still uncertain at this point.
The other rumor comes from a report at My Entertainment World which suggests that Darkseid will serve as the villain for the two-part “Justice League” film. Darkseid had already been rumored for the second part, but this one seems to specifically indicate he’ll be involved in the first as well.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens March 25th 2016.