1. After nearly a year of anticipation, the Superman–Batman movie that will serve as a sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel finally has a title: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
2. The title is a direct reference to the fact that the next film in the franchise will be Justice League, which Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will also direct after he’s completed BvS:DoJ — as it will (maybe) be abbreviated moving forward.
That film will bring together Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), as well as other heroes in the DC Comics canon — which has traditionally included Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman.
3. The title also makes explicit what had been largely assumed would be the central conflict in the film, a confrontation between Superman and Batman and their differing philosophies about fighting crime.
4. When announcing the movie at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013, Snyder had Man of Steel actor Harry Lennix read a passage from Frank Miller’s iconic The Dark Knight Returns, which revolved around a major confrontation between the two superheroes.
Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice begins principal photography today in Detroit, with Cavill, Affleck, Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg (as Lex Luthor), Jeremy Irons (as Alfred), Holly Hunter (in a role created for the film), as well as Man of Steel returning actors Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane. The film will also shoot in Illinois, Africa, and the South Pacific, and is scheduled to open on May 6, 2016.
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