Last weeks big studio gathering with investors at the Bank Of America already brought us news of Star Wars: Origins, but Disney wasn't the only monolith on the stage. Warner Bros were also present, represented by CEO Kevin Tsujihara, who dropped a few more hints about what we can expect from Ben Affleck's Batman in the Man Of Steel follow-up.
Affleck's portrayal of the Caped Crusader will be "tired, weary and seasoned" having been doing the superhero thing "for a while" says Tsujihara. This ties neatly with the story that Josh Brolin was initially approached for the role, and with director Zack Snyder's own original announcement that Affleck's will be "a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter". While the film won't be a direct adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller's grizzled, beaten-up, worn-in Batman is clearly an influence.
Of the absurd casting controversy, Tsujihara allows only that the response from fans has been "passionate" – a testament, he says, to Batman's enduring appeal. He also insists, however, that Affleck is "perfect for the vision Zack has for that character". He also told investors that, despite not reaching the magic billion, Warners "could not be happier" with Man Of Steel's worldwide box office haul of $660m. "It's the perfect springboard for Batman and Superman," he said, telling everyone to prime themselves for further big announcements in the near future.
Batman Vs. Superman, or whatever it ends up being called, is scheduled for a crowded marketplace slot in summer 2015, with a US release date already set for 17 July that year.