Producer On “Batman vs. Superman,” “Warcraft”

Aside from director Chris Nolan and writer David Goyer, one person who has been involved with both “The Dark Knight” trilogy and “Man of Steel” is producer Charles ‘Chuck’ Roven. Recently he spoke with Variety and gave a quick update on the timetable of production on “Batman vs. Superman”:

“On Batman Vs. Superman, we started soft prep in June, and we’ll be shooting eight months later. We felt that we accomplished our goals with Man of Steel, our intention was to bring Superman into the 21st century with a contemporary character and a different kind of superhero than what’s out there right now.

We knew we had created a world and we had left Easter eggs in the movie that let people know that in the universe that Zack (Snyder) was creating, there was the possibility of other DC characters besides Clark Kent.

We had a sketch of an idea, the beats of a story that David S. Goyer worked on with Zack. We have a first draft, and we’re continuing to work with it. Those scripts are never fully finished until the movie is in the theaters. We love the characters – we think that Ben (Affleck) is going to be a really great and interesting Batman.”

He also spoke about the choice of Ben Affleck as Batman and why he thinks it is a good fit:

“We wanted a guy who had a certain age and a certain gravitas to what he had done in terms of his recent work. If you take a look at The Town and Argo, he plays a couple of serious guys in those movies. He’s a big man. He’s also a mature man. As you see him and Henry together, one definitely has much more experience just by looking at him. That’s what we wanted, particularly juxtaposed against our Superman.”

That film isn’t the only major production Roven has being prepped for filming early next year in Canada. The other is “Warcraft,” the film adaptation of that online gaming universe. Asked about its status he says:

“I have a great partner in Alex Gartner, who’s in Vancouver with our director Duncan Jones. I was there last week. I’m in an editing room on American Hustle and in the production office in Pasadena on Batman and flying up to Vancouver for Warcraft, which will start in early January.”