One of the most highly anticipated films of 2016 hits theaters on Friday, March 25. “Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice” opens nationwide and Scottsdale.com is bringing you all the excitement and a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the thought and action that took place before and during the shoot with some of the stars of the film.
In “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the film synopsis unfolds like this:Fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of her it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Director Zack Snyder was undaunted by making this film which pays respect to two iconic superheroes, yet delves into some uncharted waters where Batman and Superman movies are concerned. Snyder says, “Weirdly, I think that if we had not evolved the project the way we did, it would have been a little bit more intimidating. For instance, if someone would have just come up to me and said, ‘Hey, do you want to do a movie where Batman fights Superman?’ I would have been like, ‘Whoa, ok,’ and eased back a little bit… Amazing, fun and an honor to deal with these icons. So, it’s great.”
(L-R) Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
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Having both Superman and Batman together on screen in a somewhat unorthodox fashion was an interesting angle for both Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Cavill explains, “What went into it? Again, as I always say, it’s going to the source material. There’s an awful lot of psychology in Superman because it’s the one way you can find to crack the shell. And when it comes to playing a character, especially in this movie where we still see the growth of Superman before seeing the finished product of what we know and love from the character of the comic books, it was just delving into the psychology and the weaknesses therein and playing with the relationship between him and Lois and him and Martha and then, of course, the conflict he has when facing the likes of Batman.”
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Affleck adds, “For me, there was really enough material in the screenplay that Chris Terrio wrote and with Zack’s direction, there was plenty for me to grab on to and to help use my imagination to try to build this character... It is certainly daunting because of the people who have played this character before and the great filmmakers, most recently, obviously, Christian (Bale) and Chris (Nolan) did three brilliant movies, and all the guys who went before them – there is that element of sort of, healthy respect that you have for the project and for the characters and their history and it raises the bar, certainly. I felt that I was in really good hands with this script and with Zack and that is where I focused my attention.”
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As the “Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice” trailer reveals, Wonder Woman makes her big screen debut in this film. “Gal (Gadot) did such a great, amazing job it made all the scenes I was in with her better,” states Affleck. “It made me better and she’s my favorite part of the movie when she shows up. I don’t want to give anything away, but she helps me out. She’s a terrific actress and I think Wonder Woman is going to be very good and this is a lot of fun and I’m excited to keep working with her.” Gadot chimes in with a laugh, “They paid him lots of money to say that!”
“Gal cuts a fine figure as Wonder Woman,” states Cavill. “She brings something particular, something statuesque, something otherworldly to the character and it’s something to see.”
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Sometimes superhero fans can have very strong feelings about their favorite characters as they appear in film, after having been cemented in previous films or in a comic book series. “It’s certainly strange and unnerving to be criticized for a part you haven’t yet been able to screw up,” says Eisenberg. “But, I think I probably also would have been surprised had I read that I was playing Lex Luthor without having access to this wonderful script and this incredible character written by Chris Terrio who created a character that I thought was suitable for me. If you look at just the canon and mythology and history of Superman I might not be the first person to come to mind, but if you read the script and understood how the character was contextualized and this kind of like modern era in which he was written, I knew that I could do it well and I knew that, or at least I hoped that, after people had seen the movie they would understand that I was more appropriate than they had originally feared.”
(L-R) Ben Affleck and director Zack Snyder on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” a Warner Bros. Pictures Release.
“Also, you can’t please them all,” says Gadot. “For me, being an actress, my responsibility is not to pay too much attention to all the noise around me, but to pay attention to the script, to the director, Zack, and to protect the character and try to tell her story the best I can, and I can only do my best.” Gadot was asked to audition by Warner Bros. for a film that was being kept secret at the beginning of the project.Intrigued, she did it and was called back two weeks later to camera test with Affleck. Still under a veil of mystery, the Israeli actress was called by Snyder and asked if she knew about Wonder Woman. Gadot went through a whirlwind of emotions when it was revealed what she was auditioning for and waited nearly two months until she ultimately got word that she had been cast.
In introducing Wonder Woman in this film, there is already high expectation for the strong character and Gadot, indeed will be carrying the role into its own feature film scheduled to be released in 2017.
“Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice” stars Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Good Will Hunting,” “Argo”) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”) as Superman/Clark Kent. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (“American Hustle,” “Man of Steel”) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (“Unfaithful,” “Man of Steel”) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Man of Steel’) as Perry White, Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (“The Piano”) as Senator Finch, and Gal Gadot (the “Fast and Furious” films) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Zack Snyder (“Man of Steel”) directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers.
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