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The movie will be directed by Wolfgang Petersen ("The Perfect Storm"), with Andrew Kevin Walker ("Seven") writing the script. Supposedly the two superheroes are allies who come to mighty blows over what Petersen describes as differing philosophies.
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"It is a clash of the titans," Petersen told Daily Variety. "They play off of each other so perfectly. (Superman) is clear, bright, all that is noble and good, and Batman represents the dark, obsessive and vengeful side. They are two sides of the same coin and that is material for great drama."
Neither of Petersen's superheroes have been cast. However, just as Sam Raimi made the unlikely choice of Tobey Maguire for his hit "Spider-Man," Petersen said he is seeking actors who can offer complex emotions as well as six-pack abs.
"Everything after Sept. 11 is different," he said. "You want to change the image of these superheroes."
In particular, Petersen pointed to "The Bourne Identity" star Matt Damon as "an interesting action man and a hell of an actor."
The filmmaker cited early 2003 as a realistic start date, with plans for five or six months of shooting.
Whatever battle the two superheroes face, it probably won't be as brutal as the one Warners has tackled in trying to revive its "Superman" franchise.
In April 1998, after spending millions on scripts and director attachments, studio worldwide production president Lorenzo di Bonaventura pulled the plug on "Superman Lives" during pre-production. Despite a prodigious investment of time and money, the project suffered from a bloated budget and less-than-airtight script.
However, Petersen emphasized that his film is not a continuation of the previous series, last brought to the big screen in 1987's "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace."
Similarly, development continues on a standalone "Superman" with "Charlie's Angels" director McG, writer J.J. Abrams and producer Jon Peters, as well as Darren Aronofsky and Frank Stack's "Batman: Year One."
Petersen is attached to a number of other projects at Warner Bros. These include the Orson Scott Card sci-fi series "Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow" as well as the epic "The Trojan War." He said his interest in those projects continues.
"It was just too exciting to me not to do 'Batman vs. Superman' now," he said. "It's good to have a handful of projects cooking in your drawer. Let's see what happens after this."
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