Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film news continues to come out in trickles. It was recently reported that British actor Jeremy Irons arrived in Detroit to film his scenes as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler and father-figure Alfred Pennyworth.
Zack Snyder, the director for Batman v Superman and its predecessor Man of Steel, has also revealed the new Batmobile for the film. The vehicle’s doors are sharp and flare upward like spread bat wings. Decked out in thick metal paneling, with double swivel-turrets mounted at the front of the car, it looks more like an armored tank designed for battle in a sci-fi war zone than the sleek automobile of a wealthy vigilante. The presence of the mounted guns, some have said, seem to contradict Batman’s anti-gun philosophy. However, putting weapons on Batman’s vehicles has a precedent in previous films.
Additional news reports regarding Batman v Superman have trickled out stating that the film will be more somber and darker in tone than the stable of Marvel Studios films, which often feature plenty of light-hearted moments and jokes shared by the characters. Supposedly there is an actual mandate at Warner Bros. concerning their DC Comics movies which is, “No jokes.” This may be a carry-over of the general take on DC properties at the moment. It also might be a consequence of the failure of the Warner Bros. Green Lantern movie, which had a more light-hearted and adventurous tone. The film did not perform as well as hoped, an especially large disappointment given its budget.
Photos have also come out of actor Henry Cavill as Superman’s alter-ego Clark Kent. Dressed in a button-up shirt, brown dress jacket and sporting a spit-curl, the character invoked both the classic comic book Kent as well the Richard Donner film version of the character. The photos were snapped outside the Gotham Police Department set. Cavill’s Clark Kent looks very different from his Superman character, perhaps a deliberate choice to silence naysayers who tend to laugh at the idea of Superman only putting on a pair of specs as his civilian disguise.
Another piece of news that has grabbed attention recently is the release date of Batman v Superman, which has been pushed up from May 6, 2016. Now the specific date of release is set: March 25, 2016, still before the summer blockbuster season. This will circumvent the “showdown” between Marvel and DC films, as the third Captain America movie is also scheduled for May 6. Warner Bros. stated that the new release date was decided on to better allot space for their other upcoming DC Comics films, as they have nine other films planned so far. The timescale for these films currently extends to 2020.
Rampant speculation about the film and which actors will be recruited to play which comic book roles continues online. For now, only certain roles are certain. In addition to Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will feature the controversial choices of Ben Affleck playing Batman, Gal Godot to play Wonder Woman, and Jesse Eisenberg as Superman’s arch-enemy Lex Luthor. Batman v Superman has had a few thin trickles of news come out since its original announcement, but large parts of the movie’s plot are still being kept tight under wraps.
By Jillian Moyet