The hype is building as Batman v Superman is set to hit U.S. box offices in under 8 weeks. Warner Bros has released a new international trailer (see below) for the superhero tour de force, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The new trailer doesn’t offer much new footage, instead emphasising the main theme of the movie — Man vs God.
Warner Bros also released some new photo stills of the movie spectacular, which will see the two iconic DC Comics superheroes pitted against each other in an ultimate battle, billed as Day vs Night, which will see Superman’s special powers clash with Batman’s guile. The eight stills give few significant details or plot clues, but nonetheless will be sure to generate anticipation among fans, but revealing just enough to tantalize and excite.
Dawn of Justice is on track for a $154 million opening weekend in North America, according to a forecast by BoxOffice.com, which predicts the film will end its domestic run with $380 million. BoxOffice.com also reports that while early Twitter activity for Batman v Superman has outperformed Jurassic World and Furious 7 at the same point in their cycles.
Scott McNairy is one of the cast members whose character has still not been identified yet. Despite an early review of the film from an anonymous critic which claimed the actor was playing Jimmy Olsen, a new report from Latino Review claims McNairy’s unnamed wheelchair-bound character can be spotted in the trailers, in scenes by the memorial for the Battle of Metropolis.
Dawn of Justice sees a number of superheroes from the DC canon united, with Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman, whose stand-alone movie is currently in production and set to hit theaters in mid-2017. It is rumored this movie will introduce the rest of the Justice League, before Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2 are released theaters in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
Speaking to Empire, Gadot had no idea she was auditioning for the role, only that it was a project at Warner Bros with Zack Snyder. “I only knew what role it was when I flew in to test with Ben [Affleck],” Gadot said. “I was very excited. Anytime I had general meetings in LA, I always said my dream role was to do an empowered, independent woman who doesn’t rely on men.”
In another interview, cast member Jeremy Irons offered some insights on his character, Alfred Pennyworth, who will be very different from previous renditions of Bruce Wayne’s faithful butler and guardian. Irons alluded to Alfred having a military background in special-ops and having a far greater intensity of characterisation.
“Alfred has lived longer than Bruce, and so perhaps has a clearer perspective on life. As well as having been in loco parentis to Bruce, his only remit in life is to protect him. And, as those of us who have raised children, let alone Batmen, will know, that is quite a wide remit. He’s a man who can actually do anything if he has to.”
Collectors will be pleased to know that toymaker Mattel has released a batch of new product images which show off their new doll — a Batman Barbie, based on Ben Affleck’s version of the superhero, from the upcoming blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Mattel’s line of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Barbie dolls was first announced at the San Diego Comic Con in 2015. At the fan convention, Mattel debuted a Wonder Woman doll based on Gal Gadot, and a Superman doll resembling Henry Cavill will also be released at an as-yet-unknown future date. The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice line of dolls are available for pre-order, ahead of the film’s scheduled March release.
Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter, and Jeremy Irons will be appearing alongside Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Jesse Eisenberg in a strong ensemble cast.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theatres on March 25, 2016.
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