The hype-train is at full-steam as Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting a wealth of new images, set photos, and details following the Empire cover story which took a closer-look at the upcoming superhero face-off.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, along with a stellar supporting cast that is sure to each have their moments. The new magazine cover plays up the two sides of the rivalry, giving audiences a good look at each hero and the new costumes.
Empire also got to chat with Ben Affleck about his decision to take the role and what lured him to doing so.
“Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me,’” said Affleck. “Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f**ked up Batman. It was something we haven’t seen. We have seen that Batman is willing to cross the line to protect people. That vigilantism has been a part of his character all along, and we are tapping into that mentality when faced by something as potentially as deadly as Superman.”
“We are playing him 45 or 46,” director Zack Snyder confirmed. “He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly. We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter. He’s having a crisis of conscience. ‘Am I really just a vigilante who stalks the alleys of Gotham?’ It is rich stuff that he deals with. Ben does an amazing job.”
Following the cover debut, three new still from the movie have been released (you can view in the gallery below). The photos feature Ben Affleck’s Batman and the Bat signal, Henry Cavill’s Superman in a burnt-out Wayne Manor, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.