Warner Bros’ sequel to Man Of Steel now has a title, and it looks like it sets up the franchise’s plans to expand the DC Comics universe to the Justice League. The studio unveiled the title, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice just now as it confirmed principal photography is underway on the Zack Snyder-helmed pic starring Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman that is due out May 6, 2016. Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in the sequel, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man Of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter also starring.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have launched the “Superman Hall of Heroes” as an online portal through which individuals can gift their own heroes with Man of Steel-themed merchandise.
The companies have inducted some notable names of their own — Christopher Reeve; Shaquille O’Neal; Jackie Robinson; chef David Burke; Fire Department of New York commissioner Salvatore Cassano; paralympic gold medalist Alana Nichols; Tiny Super Heroes founder Robyn Rosenberger; former U.S. Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta; marathon runners Dick and Rick Hoyt; and national teacher of the year Jeff Charbonneau — as the first to be recognized by the site during a ceremony at Military Island in Times Square on Tuesday.
“For more than 75 years, Superman has inspired us to achieve heroic feats, act with moral integrity, and embrace our individuality,” said Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Today, WBCP and DC Entertainment are honored to launch the Superman Hall of Heroes, which pays tribute to everyday heroes who embody the attributes we admire in the Man of Steel … and celebrate those individuals – coaches, mentors, teachers, parents, friends and more – who have made a positive impact on their lives or on the lives of others.”
To pay tribute to their own heroes, individuals can submit a photo and story of someone at SupermanHallofHeroes.com, where they will be showcased in perpetuity. As part of the effort, consumers can choose from multiple gift-giving options and levels, ranging from $5 to $150. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Warner Bros. has set a “Justice League” movie to follow the Batman-Superman movie, the studio has confirmed.
WB has locked in Zack Snyder to direct, the helmer of “Man of Steel” and its sequel, which goes into production next month. The script for the third pic in the series is currently in development.
“Justice League” currently has no release date, though the Batman-Superman film is set for May 6, 2016.
Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in the Batman-Superman pic, with Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot tapped to play Wonder Woman.
Warner Bros. and D.C. have tapped theater actor Ray Fisher for the role of Cyborg in the untitled Batman-Superman pic.
Cyborg, while not a major part in the Batman-Superman feature, is a member of the Justice League and will become a much more significant role as Warner and D.C. develop more films related to the Justice League universe, sources confirm.
Cavill, who plays Superman in the film, expressed a great deal of promise in Cyborg in the recent “Man of Steel” bonus feature, as well as the fictional research facility S.T.A.R. Labs, which appears in several DC Comics.
“I think he would create an incredible bridge between superheroes and humanity,” Cavill said of the Cyborg character.
Prolific scribe Geoff Johns has been knocking it out of the park with JUSTICE LEAGUE and FOREVER EVIL. Now, Johns, whose previous work on Superman includes ACTION COMICS and SUPERMAN: Secret Origin, is poised to pen the monthly comic book series SUPERMAN.
Joining Johns is acclaimed New York artist John Romita, Jr., making his DC Comics debut, and legendary artist Klaus Janson, who returns to DC Comics and will ink the book.
According to Variety:
Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman–Batman film.
The castings, announced Friday, come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled “Superman-Batman” movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016 as the studio departed from a July, 2015 slot.
The film is in pre-production with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman and Zack Snyder directing.
The Superman-Batman pic will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said. “What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”
“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure,” Snyder said. “He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”
Hollywood Reporter reports:
Warner Bros. announced Friday that the Man of Steel follow-up will hit theaters May 6, 2016, nine months later than its previous July 17, 2015, release date. That date will now be reserved for a Peter Pan movie directed by Joe Wright.
The move sets up a potential Warner Bros./DC showdown with rival Disney/Marvel, which also has set an untitled Marvel move for that date.
Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in the untitled “Batman vs. Superman” movie.
Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are set to star with Zack Snyder directing.
“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character,” Snyder said.
Batman vs. Superman will release on July 17, 2015. Gadot was last seen in “The Fast and Furious 6.″
Filming on Superman/Batman begins this weekend. David Goyer has written into the script a football game between Gotham City University and Metropolis University.
The studio is filming a crowd scene — specifically a crowd scene during half-time of a college football game on Saturday, Oct. 19 between East Los Angeles College and Victor Valley College.
Extras are asked to wear black and gold — representing the colors of Gotham City.
The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt designed by director Zack Snyder. The studio said other prizes would also be raffled off throughout the night.
The game begins at 6:30 p.m. at Weingart Stadium on the ELAC campus in Monterey Park.
The film crew is expected to shoot three different plays (three takes each) for actor and crowd reaction.
Producers estimate the total filming time will take about 20 minutes.
The studio reportedly chose ELAC because the college is “film friendly.”
There is no word as to whether Affleck or Cavill will be in attendance but several sources say it is unlikely. Principal actors for the movie are not supposed to report to the set until early in 2014.
Tickets for the game are $5 and are only available on game day.
Despite a petition demanding the removal of Ben Affleck as Batman, Kevin Tsujihara, CEO of Warner Brothers feels the fans are wrong. He called the choice of Affleck, “Perfect” as Batman in the next Superman movie. Tsujihara reportedly made the comments at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2013 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills, CA.
“Tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile” is how Tsujihara described how Affleck will portray the Caped Crusader. Superman/Batman is coming to theaters in 2015. It will be directed by Zack Snyder and written by Man of Steel writer, David Goyer. Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman.