Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ben Affleck (Batman) appear on the latest cover of Empire Magazine, which promotes their upcoming blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
We are also getting more information from the co-stars and director Zack Snyder, who is dishing on his view for that “more mature” Batman he will bring to the silver screen to face Superman for the first time ever. The new, on-set stills — taken by photographer Clay Enos — are awesome and show us Gal Gadot in her Diana Prince capacity, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.
But perhaps the best images of Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are those on the cover, which appear on either side of the entertainment magazine. The first photo shows the actors in their superhero costumes and are nothing short of outstanding.
The crack is thought to indicate the ‘V’ in the equation, the initial animosity which exists between Cavill and Affleck’s iconic characters. From different interviews and information director Zack Snyder shared at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, we know that Batman is furious at Superman for the death and destruction he inflicted upon his Wayne Industries building, when he was fighting General Zod (Michael Shannon) in that last controversial, epic battle of Man of Steel.
What we don’t know is how Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck’s characters will resolve this issue, which Snyder suggested happens at some point. Obviously, they’re both the good guys — even though when they first meet they are not on the best terms to say the least — but they don’t necessarily realize that. Both, Batman and Superman feel threatened by each other.
In addition, Superman — who was seen as a savior by humans when he first revealed his existence — has now fallen from grace and Henry Cavill talked about this in the featured interview.
“In this movie, everyone has split into different directions as to how they feel about this alien. Some people love him, some hate him. Other people fear him. Is he a tyrant?”
Batman is middle-aged and retired from chasing the bad guys as the Dark Knight, but comes out of retirement after witnessing first hand the result of Superman’s actions. In the trailer released for Comic-Con, we see Affleck as Bruce Wayne running towards a plume of smoke, as his building is torn to shreds and collapses with many of his employees inside. Following this, he decides to don his Batsuit once again to confront the Man of Steel.
Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck clearly have lots more to say and we will surely get bits and pieces about Superman and Batman and their alter egos Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. Stay tuned.
[Image via Warner Bros.]