2002 Movie News Archives

Batman vs Superman

July 9, 2002: Details on “Batman vs Superman” Movie

An article published by Daily Variety titled Petersen set as referee for "Batman vs. Superman" by writer Dana Harris, announced that a "Batman vs Superman" movie is targeted for a 2004 release by Warner Bros.

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.

Here's the rest of the Daily Variety article...

"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."

2002 Movie News

Listed below are all the Movie News items archived for 2002 organized into 4 categories:

“Superman” and “Batman vs Superman” Movie News:

  • January 6, 2002: New Superman Movie News!
  • February 12, 2002: Superman Movies on WB's 2003 Schedule
  • February 15, 2002: Variety Confirms McG as Superman Movie Director
  • February 25, 2002: Superman Movie Petition
  • March 13, 2002: Will an Angel Become the Next Superman?
  • March 24, 2002: J.J. Abrams Talks New Superman Movie
  • April 4, 2002: Entertainment Weekly on New Superman Movie
  • April 17, 2002: J.J. Abrams Talks New Superman Movie
  • April 18, 2002: Brendan Fraser as Superman?
  • April 27, 2002: Comic Book Movies Article in USA Today
  • May 9, 2002: Superman to Return to Pinewood Studios?
  • May 19, 2002: TIME Magazine on Super-Heroes
  • June 25, 2002: “Batman vs Superman” Rumor
  • July 2, 2002: “Superman and Batman” Movie Coming 2004?
  • July 9, 2002: Details on “Batman vs Superman” Movie
  • July 9, 2002: More on the “Batman vs Superman” Movie
  • July 13, 2002: Peterson's Hints on “Batman vs Superman”
  • July 24, 2002: “Batman vs Superman” Movie Castings???
  • July 25, 2002: Warner Bros. Shoots Down Casting Rumors
  • July 31, 2002: TVGuide Poll: Superman vs Batman - RESULTS!
  • August 6, 2002: Casting and Timing Rumors on Superman Movies
  • August 13, 2002: “Batman vs Superman” Movie On Hold!
  • August 19, 2002: JJ Abrams “Superman” Script... Really Good!
  • August 19, 2002: The Death of the Super-Hero Film Franchise ... Again!
  • August 26, 2002: Latest Superman Movie Rumors
  • September 2, 2002: Information on the New Superman Movie Script
  • September 12, 2002: McG Talks Superman Movie
  • September 14, 2002: Confusion Over Director of New Superman Movie!
  • September 14, 2002: Keanu Reeves as Superman?
  • September 18, 2002: Brett Ratner Talks Superman Movie
  • September 23, 2002: A Review of the New Superman Movie Script ???
  • September 24, 2002: Superman Movie-Making Fiasco
  • September 26, 2002: Superman Movie Press Release
  • September 28, 2002: Superman Script Review Has Warner Bros. Fuming
  • September 29, 2002: JJ Abrams on AICN “Superman” Script Review
  • September 30, 2002: Hopkins Talks Superman Movie
  • October 5, 2002: More From Brett Ratner on Superman
  • October 10, 2002: EW's Selections for Superman
  • October 21, 2002: Brett Ratner Talks More on Superman
  • October 22, 2002: Ratner Discusses Plans for “Superman”
  • October 22, 2002: Ratner and Hopkins Talk Superman
  • October 24, 2002: Crew Rumors on New Superman Movie
  • October 27, 2002: Dini Denies “Superman” Movie Involvement
  • November 8, 2002: Comic Creators on new Superman Movie
  • November 11, 2002: Another Superman Movie Review
  • December 5, 2002: Spinotti - Director of Photography on Superman
  • December 10, 2002: Charlie Sheen as Lex Luthor?
  • December 14, 2002: WB President Talks Superman Movies
  • December 14, 2002: Charlie Sheen Rumor Shot Down
  • December 31, 2002: British Actor as Superman?

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