Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled for release on March 25, 2016, and Warner Bros. is building up the hype for their DCEU in a very good way. By following in the footsteps of Marvel, the studio is finally building their comic book cinematic universe. Not only is Batman v Superman being released early this year, but later on this summer we are also going to get David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which definitely looks like a new take on the superhero genre, much like 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was for Marvel Studios. In 2017, DC fans will finally see the cinematic debut of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, as well the cinematic debut of the Justice League in the first installment of the two-part superhero team film – with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg and eventually Green Lantern, who was later confirmed by DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns to be appearing in the movie.
The latest promotional poster for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice features the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel facing off against one another, with the hashtag #WhoWillWin beneath them.
The CW special, DC Films Presents: The Dawn of the Justice League, hosted by Johns and filmmaker Kevin Smith, that aired on January 19 offered DC Comics fans a bunch of new footage of some of the upcoming DC movie titles, including a brand new trailer for Suicide Squad. With a very clever use of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the trailer delivers a very manic, adrenaline-fueled tone for the upcoming film, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. Ben Affleck’s Batman will also play a small role in the film.
Batman v Superman is going to be the first time in cinematic history that Superman and Batman will interact with one another, along with the addition of Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Aquaman, being played by Jason Mamoa, is also going to appear in the film, along with the Flash, being played by Ezra Miller.
Smith has even hinted at a possibility that the DC characters from the television world (including CW’s Arrow, The Flash) could crossover with the cinematic versions of the DC superhero characters.
“We did a piece where we talked about — I don’t know how much I’m supposed to say because they cut it out,” Smith said on his Fat Man on Batman podcast. “But the idea came up of, ‘Hey man, DC is known for nothing if not a multiverse,’ so at which point I was like to Johns, ‘Could they f***ing crossover?’ And he was like, ‘Ahh.’ So doors are being left open and stuff like that.”
Batman v. Superman Prequel Comic
One of the Batman v Superman prequel comics focuses specifically on the character of Batman, with the Dark Knight becoming more brutal and paranoid of Superman after the events of 2013’s Man of Steel, with Lex Luthor working behind the scenes, seemingly working to pit the two superheroes against one another for his own benefit.
“Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016 and is directed by Zack Snyder. Suicide Squad opens on August 5, 2016, Wonder Woman opens June 23, 2017 and Justice League: Part One debuts in 2017.
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