According to Comicbook.com, box office predictions project Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice pre-ticket sales could top The Hunger Games and set a new box office record for March. The comic book film, Deadpool, debuted at $132 million. In 2015, action film Furious 7 earned a bit more at $147 million, but Batman v Superman is on course to top that. Deadline has gone so far as to compare the Batman v Superman numbers to The Dark Knight Rises, noting that it will match, and possibly exceed, the box office numbers, thus setting a new Easter weekend record. Deadline puts the pre-sale numbers at $25 million.
The Guardian predicts that the Batman v Superman global weekend opening will tally somewhere between $300-350 million, and could enter the $1B club and maybe be the highest grossing film this year. The Guardian also reports that making $1 billion could be halted due to complaints from fans that trailers are lackluster, or that it is too similar to comic book film Man of Steel. Man of Steel is the Superman reboot that is met with mixed fan and critical reaction. In addition, the film was not as successful at the worldwide box office as predicted, as Man of Steel made $668 million.
The Batman v Superman actors seem to be optimistic, though. Actor Ben Affleck makes promises to NPR that fans will be satisfied by his Batman performance.
“Indeed I have regrets about Daredevil. Look, if I thought we were remaking Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself. I’m hard on myself and I have exacting standards and I want to do excellent work and I don’t always succeed, but I think you have to start out with that drive.”
Affleck makes sure this will not be another repeat of the failed superhero film, Daredevil, as the film seems to have left a bad taste in the mouths of comic fans and critics. In fact, Affleck is so confident about Batman v Superman he makes it seem like it is the best film ever. He tells NPR the following.
“I felt very confident about it,” he said. “I thought it would be nice to make one of these movies really, really good.”
Superman (Henry Cavill) is also excited to be a part of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film. Cavill spoke to Good Morning America on ABC about getting in shape for the role. Co-star Ben Affleck inspired Cavill to get back into the gym and get in shape.
“When you see Ben on set and everything and he’s in good shape, it makes you want to go back to the gym that morning and work a little harder.”
While the fate of the fight between Batman and Superman remains to be seen, Cavill had no qualms about admitting that he would personally wipe up the floor with Ben Affleck in real life. Along the WB/DC film slate, Cavill will continue to reprise his role as Superman/Clark Kent in a new Justice League film, and a separate Superman film.
Ben Affleck told EW that his character will be in future Justice League films, in addition to a solo Batman film (which Affleck is slated to direct). Affleck states WB movie studios is anxious to produce a new Batman franchise, but right now he is focusing on promoting the new comic book film.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is directed by Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen) and stars Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Jeremy Irons (Alfred), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor). Batman v Superman is to be released globally on March 24, 2016.
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