With ‘Man of Steel’ opening in theaters in a few weeks, Henry Cavill has been making the press rounds to promote the film. During one of his interviews, he was asked about his thoughts of a Superman/Batman film and it’s not a surprise to hear that this newest actor to don the red cape is all for a team up!
“I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict,” he says, “because they are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story.”
The Superman/Batman conflict has already been seen in the straight-to-DVD DC animated films, so to see it on the big screen would be a real treat! The two nearly had a team up in 2002 when rumors of a Batman vs. Superman film was in the works with Wolfgang Petersen (‘Outbreak’, ‘The Neverending Story’) attached to direct from a script written by Andrew Kevin Walker (‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘The Wolfman’) with rewrites by Akiva Goldsman (‘I am Legend’, ‘Batman Forever’, ‘Batman & Robin’). Colin Ferrell, at the time, was said to have the role as Batman with Jude Law in talks to play Superman. A nice bit of trivia, Ferrell actually beat out a then young Christian Bale for the role of the Caped Crusader. Can you image? What if Bale’s first foray as Batman was in Petersen’s film and not Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy? When talks with Law fell through for the role of Superman, Josh Hartnett (‘Black Hawk Down’, ‘Pearl Harbor’) was said to be in talks to take his place. The movie was slated to go into production in 2003 with a projected release in 2004. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately (considering who the lead roles were going to), the development of ‘Batman vs. Superman’ landed in oblivion as Petersen left the project to film ‘Troy.’ Instead, Warner Bros. decided to make ‘Superman Returns’ and the rest is history. As a nice little in-joke, Goldsman inserted a faux billboard for the now defunct project in the film ‘I am Legend:’
To see Bale once again don the cowl and play opposite Cavill would be a match up that is sure to make box office gold. Of course, a lot would be contingent on how well ‘Man of Steel’ plays in theaters as to whether or not Warner Bros will move forward with future superhero plans.
“Who knows,” says Cavill. “I’m sure there’s all sorts of ideas being thrown around at Warner Bros right now.”
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