Following on from the fresh stills earlier this week, Empire has now published their feature story about Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” film and the greater overall DC cinematic universe initiative. First up, let’s look at the new details revealed about “Batman v Superman”.
Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne is being played as a mid-40s version who has been working as the Caped Crusader for around twenty years and has “lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age of disease.” Snyder says the arrival of Superman changes Wayne’s perspective:
“We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter. He’s having a crisis of conscience. ‘Am I really just a vigilante who stalks the alleys of Gotham?’ It is rich stuff that he deals with. Ben does an amazing job.”
Batman does have a history with The Joker and Harley Quinn, and is responsible for pretty much putting all of the members of the upcoming “Suicide Squad” in jail. Bruce Wayne lives in a lakeside retreat called the Glasshouse, away from Wayne Manor which lies in ruins, whilst Clark Kent is shacking up at Lois Lane’s apartment. Lex Luthor meanwhile has his mansion which they shot using the interiors of a Detroit museum, but you won’t see the bedroom as production designer Patrick Tatopoulos says: “Everything is a facade. You have no access to what is inside Lex.”
Tatopoulos also spoke about the Batmobile saying: “He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he’s driving a tank that is very sexy looking. Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car. There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not – boom! – coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged.”
He also confirms that the Batwing is in the film and his designs were created with a “Justice League” project in mind: “With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batwing. We are creating a world for Batman – every set, every prop, is real. We have to be ready for what’s next.”
In a separate interview, “Longmire” actor Bailey Chase has confirmed that he has a role in the movie but not as a superhero. Rather, he has scenes with Amy Adams that involves horseback riding and takes place early on in the film. He also got to work with a retired SEAL for his part which required three weeks of rehearsal.
Source: Empire Online