Just in time to celebrate truth, justice and the American way this 4th of July Friday, Warner Bros. and DC Comics has debuted a first look at Henry Cavill as Superman! This comes just a few short days after we saw the actor dressed as Kal-El's alter ego on the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set. Check out the image courtesy of USA Today. Then read on for more about the movie from director Zack Snyder.
When it comes to deciding on the better superhero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder doesn't have a favorite. According to the man, who also directed Man of Steel, bringing new characters such as Batman and Wonder Woman and Cyborg into the movie makes for a 'thicker, denser and more epic' movie, and it is also a building block towards setting up Justice League, tentatively scheduled for 2018.
"It's not an un-fun job, I will say that."
New story details are revealed, including the fact that we'll see Clark Kent working at the Daily Planet, alongside Lois Lane and Perry White. Superman will also travel to Gotham City and be introduced to new threats, one of which is Lex Luthor. Zack Snyder talked about evolving the character for new audiences in 2016.
"The fun of trying to figure out what to put in front of him that's difficult."
The director also talked about collaborating more with star Henry Cavill this time around.
"We've both created this guy and we can push him around a little bit. The more time I spend with Henry, the more he's Superman to me."
Zack Snyder goes onto say that Superman will be affected by the new heroes he meets on earth, and that his perspective on humanity will be changed by them. He goes onto discuss the fact that he wasn't looking to bring Batman into the Man of Steel sequel, but it was Christopher Nolan's trilogy that proved to be the deciding factor.
"I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie, but on the other hand it seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in."
The director didn't want to introduce Ben Affleck's Batman with an origin story, instead relying on the vast 75-year mythology for a different take, bringing a road weary Bruce Wayne to the screen for the first time.
"It's cooler to see a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys."
While Zack Snyder wouldn't exactly explain how the pair meet, he did explain why he chose the v in the titles instead of Vs.
"Suffice it to say there is a 'v' in between their names. [That's] to keep it from being a straight 'versus' movie, even in the most subtle way."
So far, the director has only done a handful of scenes with Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck on set together.
"It's never really been done and it's kinda cool."
It was speculated yesterday that Gal Gadot may be done shooting her scenes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Zack Snyder says that's not the case. They haven't filmed the actress in her costume yet.
"She's working out and getting buff and ripped."
About all the fan anticipation, the director had this to say,
"You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it's Batman and Superman, let's just be honest. I don't know how you get bigger than that."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.