With a release date set for summer 2015, Batman vs. Superman will start filming in February, according to producer Charles Roven.
In an interview with Variety, Roven discussed the plans for director Zack Snyder’s DC universe and the timetable for the film, stating that Batman vs. Superman will start shooting in February 2014.
“On Batman vs. Superman, we started soft prep in June, and we’ll be shooting eight months later…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 Snyder was creating, there was the possibility of other DC characters besides Clark Kent. 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.”
Roven also revealed new details on the decision to cast Ben Affleck as 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,” said Roven about the highly criticized decision to cast Affleck as the Caped Crusader. “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 Cavill [Superman] together, one definitely has much more experience just by looking at him. That’s what we wanted, particularly juxtaposed against our Superman.”
“We love the characters – we think that Ben is going to be a really great and interesting Batman.”
Batman vs. Superman is set to be released July 17, 2015.