Producer Charles Roven Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN and WARCRAFT
There are a ton of big, highly anticipated films set to be released in 2015, including Zack Snyder's Batman Vs. Superman and Duncan Jones' Warcraft. In a recent interview with Variety, the producer of those films, Charles Roven, talked about their statuses,
“On ‘Batman vs. Superman,’ we started soft prep in June, and we’ll be shooting eight months later....We felt that we accomplished our goals with ‘Man of Steel, our intention was to bring Superman into the 21st century with a contemporary character and a different kind of superhero than what’s out there right now...We knew we had created a world and we had left Easter eggs in the movie that let people know that in the universe that Zack was creating, there was the possibility of other DC characters besides Clark Kent."
He went on to reveal that the idea of the sequel has been around for awhile,
"We had a sketch of an idea, the beats of a story that David Goyer worked on with Zack. We have a first draft, and we’re continuing to work with it. Those scripts are never fully finished until the movie is in the theaters. We love the characters — we think that Ben (Affleck) is going to be a really great and interesting Batman.”
He went on to discuss why they cast Ben Affleck in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
“We wanted a guy who had a certain age and a certain gravitas to what he had done in terms of his recent work. If you take a look at ‘The Town’ and ‘Argo,’ he plays a couple of serious guys in those movies. He’s a big man. He’s also a mature man. As you see him and Henry together, one definitely has much more experience just by looking at him. That’s what we wanted, particularly juxtaposed against our Superman.”
He then moves on the Warcraft film saying that it will begin production this January.
“I have a great partner in Alex Gartner, who’s in Vancouver with our director Duncan Jones. I was there last week. I’m in an editing room on ‘American Hustle’ and in the production office in Pasadena on ‘Batman’ and flying up to Vancouver for ‘Warcraft,’ which will start in early January.”
Batman vs. Superman is set to be released in theaters July 17th, 2015, and Warcraft will open on December 18th, 2015. I'm excited to see both of these films, and they are sure to be huge successes!