2002 Movie News Archives

Batman vs Superman

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

The Hollywood Reporter has also published an article today on the up-coming "Batman vs Superman" movie. Titled Petersen teams with Warners on superhero epic the article is written by Zorianna Kit, and has the following details that were not included in the Daily Variety article (mentioned above)...

Wolfgang Petersen will direct and produce through his studio-based Radiant Prods. The project, which is out to actors, is expected to have its title heroes cast in two to four weeks.

Petersen already had been attached to the project but was eyeing other possible projects, including the studio's epic feature "Trojan War" (HR 3/22). However, the helmer has decided on "Batman vs. Superman" as his next project, though no start date has been set.

With a current screenplay draft written by Andrew Kevin Walker, "Batman vs. Superman" sees the two superheroes team up against evil forces. In an interview, the German-born Petersen said he chose the project not only because of the quality of Walker's script, which he called "amazing," but also because of a lifelong fascination with American culture.

"As a European, it is challenging to do a project about these two American icons together in one movie," he said. "Growing up with American comics, to make a movie based on two of them is fascinating. I love it."

Said Warners production president Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who will oversee the project with senior vp production Bob Brassell: "We are very pleased that Wolfgang Petersen is bringing his considerable talent to this newest episode of two of our most important franchises. In his hands, 'Batman vs. Superman' will carry forward the Warner Bros. superhero tradition. We look forward to starting this project as soon as possible."

Although the plot is being kept under wraps, Petersen offered a few hints:

  • In addition to the two heroes, there are "three great parts for women," he said.

  • Superman's Metropolis and Batman's Gotham City will be featured in the project. "They are the bright and dark side, which essentially is two sides of the same coin," the filmmaker said. "That is the principle of the movie, which reflects what life is all about."

  • The film will be character-driven, which will affect casting. "We are not going to go with typical action stars but great actors who will do an action-oriented part," he said.

  • There will be a conflict between the heroes. "Superman stands for what is powerful, clear, bright, noble and just; Batman is dark, obsessive and vengeful," Petersen said. "Because they are so different, they will inevitably end up clashing. It will be a battle of the titans."

  • Although the two crime-fighters will team up against evildoers, each will experience his own inner conflict. "They both go through some kind of a crisis," Petersen said. "Superman has an unwavering belief in what is right and wrong and it's just not that simple anymore in today's world, while Batman is on a path of self-destruction. He reacts to an act of incredible violence in a way that almost puts him over the edge."

    Petersen says he is aiming for a start date early next year, after about six or seven months of prep time. He hopes the completed film will serve as a summer tentpole release.

    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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