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Francis Lawrence, who directed "I Am Legend" and is currently promoting "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1", gave Collider.com further insight into the Superman/Batman advertisement's appearance.
"We thought, 'Hey, what movies would it be fun to have up on the screen when the plague hit?'" Lawrence recalled, adding that he recently saw Goldsman, who revealed the studio never gave them clearance to use the combined logo (watch the full interview below).
Although Lawrence doesn't remember where the logo came from, it appears to be based on the one from DC Comics' Superman/Batman series, which debuted in 2003.
The Superman/Batman discussion begins about 2:10 into the video.
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Merchandise seen in this episode:
Those in attendance not only got a chance to participate in a Q&A with Michael, but they were also able to view costumes from films he's worked on, and costume design illustrations never shown to the public before.
Wilkinson was able to attend the event during a break in filming on "Batman v Superman", before he headed off to New Mexico, where he has his work cut out for him creating costumes for 60 extras...
Superman, The Flash, Bane, The Joker and other characters are available. Which one you get with your Kids Meal purchase is up to chance (or so I've been told).
Here's part of the interview in which Dan talks about the public reaction to the "Death of Superman"...
It's hard to paraphrase, but I think almost every major newspaper had a columnist who wrote something about "What Does Superman Mean To Us?" And "What does it mean when he's gone?" And they might have pointed to a national cynicism or, loss of innocence, or maybe there's no longer a place for a big blue boycott, or maybe e those people who are in charge have no idea what they're doing, or something like that. That's what it got into.
And what was the fan community's response back then? You didn't have the Internet's echo chamber to fall back on. How did you deal with the outcry that followed the issue?
The outcry actually started long before. Once the solicitation catalogs came out, that's when it really started. That's where, you're right, the Internet, while it existed, it wasn't there in the sense we know it today. It was just barely a glimmer in anyone's eye. More than anything, we had the letters. We got them at the office, we got the phone calls, that's how we heard back. In a way, it was a little more immediate. And when I say "immediate," that's because people - it's so easy just to drop a comment on a message board these days. But back then, you had to pick up the phone and actually make a call. Or you had to sit down, write a letter, and send it in. We started hearing from people as soon as the solicitations came out.
Produced and directed by Tommy Williamson.
When I wrote this script, it was all about putting Jay through his paces. I wanted to do a very slow, creepy, what is going... Why would there be money floating around? And then the action of Batman and Superman, the strangeness of Lex Luthor investigating the League, so that Jay would have to do everything in this first issue.
Like the Diana/Lex scene, it's Lex projecting onto Diana all this stuff that she would never do. She just wants to figure this out. That scene in particular scene has a nice subtly of character that Jay captured beautiful.
Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Bruno Redondo, Xermanico
Cover: Neil Gouge with Rex Lokus
Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)
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