Here are some scanned images from the latest issue of Empire Magazine, plus a second cover featuring Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Clark Kent. The stills also gives us a new look at Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Gal Gadot as Dianna Prince/Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth.
Affleck on Batman:
“Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me,’” says star Ben Affleck of his decision to don the cape and cowl. “Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f**ked up Batman. It was something we haven’t seen. We have seen that Batman is willing to cross the line to protect people. That vigilantism has been a part of his character all along, and we are tapping into that mentality when faced by something as potentially as deadly as Superman.”
Producer Charles Roven also chimed in:
“He has lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age of disease…”
Keep in mind that the interview took place before the trailer was released and could refer to Batman’s other allies.
Snyder on Batman:
“We are playing him 45 or 46. He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly. 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.”
Snyder goes on to talk about fans choosing sides when Batman battles Superman will ultimately come down to their own perceptions. “It’s a point of view thing. That is why Dawn of Justice is the full title. What it does is allow us to start this conversation.”
In the interview, it was revealed that Batman has a history with The Joker and Harley Quinn, and all of the criminals in Belle Reve who make up Task Force X in ‘Suicide Squad.’ Batman is responsible for putting them in jail.
Details on the Batmobile:
Production designer Patrick Tatopoulos talks about bringing back the batmobile to the big screen, “[Truly] an emotional process – it’s about what feels right. I showed Zack and Zack said, ‘Cool.’ Sometimes it just clicks. These films are very grounded. There will be tons of CG, but also a lot of real stuff – especially with Batman. Of course, building a car from scratch is challenging. The car drives, jumps, pretty much does everything. We got the best people.”
“He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he’s driving a tank that is very sexy looking,” he adds. “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.”
Tatopoulos spoke about how important it was to design a different version of the vehicle from what we saw in Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. “Batmobiles are often designed very low to the ground, something classical. That didn’t feel fully comfortable for us. I thought the Tumbler was a revolutionary design, with the suspension very high up. I wanted to combine the two vehicles. I wanted something of a motorcycle, too: big wheels, suspension, exhausts.”
Tatopoulos confirmed the Batwing:
“With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, theBatmobile, the Batwing. We are creating a world for Batman – every set, every prop, is real. We have to be ready for what’s next.”
Clark’s and Wayne’s living conditions:
Production designer Patrick Tatopoulos confirms that Bruce Wayne living lakeside home known as the Glasshouse. “Its footprint is minimal, it is part of nature. You are designing a house that would have been designed by van der Rohe, how ballsy is that? “Bruce is the Bruce Wayne you know. He’s a playboy, he’s got money. He has this strength, but also an artistic sensibility. He’s got a past, a family who got hm where he is today.”
Clark and Lois Lane are living together in an apartment. Tatopoulos on Lex Luther, “Everything is a facade. You have no access to what is inside Lex.”
On Metropolis and Gotham:
“There are other things happening too. Gotham is a very different city from Metropolis. Metropolis is Toronto on Steroids. Gotham is Detroit.”
DC Extended Universe, Building “One giant story”:
“What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.” Snyder says.
Snyder goes on to say, “I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”
Charles Roven elaborates more on it, “We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On ‘Suicide Squad,’ David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.”
“Kind of a timeline of what every movie is, where it is going, and where the films fit in relation to each other.” adds Producer Deborah Snyder.
On Aquaman appearing in BvS:
“You will understand he exists.”
Difference between DC and Marvel:
“Right from the beginning it is different tonally from where those movies are. You know, DC is an ancient world in a lot of ways.” Snyder says.
Deborah Snyder adds, “I can see how people would want to make it this big, intense rivalry. Listen, they are so great. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy…our films are a bit more serious. They deal with things that are a little darker. Things that place them in our world.”
Snyder on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy:
“If it was a Batman movie it would be a much more difficult proposition because of how good Chris’ movies are. We live in gratitude to those movies. Chris set a tone for the DC Universe, and separated us from Marvel in a great way. We are the legacy pf those movies.”
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Directed by Zack Snyder. Cast includes Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, and Tao Okamoto.
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is set for release on March 25, 2016.