WB Worried About Batman Vs. Superman Because of Popcorn Marvel Movies?
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A couple of days ago saw word hit that Warner Bros. is worried about Batman Vs. Superman and the Justice League universe.
Now it's being said the blame is not with the quality of the movie itself, but with the audience.
According to Batman On Film, WB is indeed worried about how audiences will react to Batman Vs. Superman and how the film will perform at the box office (isn't any studio when a new movie is coming out?).
The site goes on to suggest WB may be nervous that since Batman vs. Superman isn't "popcorn fluff" (meaning a Marvel film) that audiences won't understand the movie, but the site states not to worry because the Christopher Nolan Batman movies definitely weren't "popcorn" and they were a big success (note: Nolan apparently isn't involved with Batman Vs. Superman at all).
Regarding the previous rumor that stated a new standalone Ben Affleck Batman movie could replace Justice League, Batman On Film says they can't shoot that rumor down as obviously if Batman Vs. Superman doesn't perform up to expectations, things could change (which is why Batman was added to the Man of Steel sequel -- more on that below).
It's further said there is a group at WB who want Batman to be the focus and are concerned about Batman being a part of a team-up film.
I can also corroborate what they say about Batman being added to the Man of Steel sequel as I've been told WB wanted Man of Steel to hit a billion dollars at the box office. Immediately following Man of Steel's opening, there was talk of a straight up sequel wih Superman being the focus; however, as Man of Steel's box office performance slowed, that's when Batman came into the picture.
I was told essentially a Man of Steel sequel script was combined with a Batman script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We do know that Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck brought Chris Terrio on board to rewrite the David Goyer script, which I am guessing was the Man of Steel sequel. We also know Lex Luthor's part was rewritten to accomodate Jesse Eisenberg (a younger Lex Luthor instead of Goyer's older version).
All that said - again like any other movie - if Batman Vs. Superman performs well at the box office, all the rumors will be proven just to be speculation and nothing more.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero 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 hero 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.