BATMAN vs SUPERMAN Producer On Ben Affleck And Wonder Woman
Batman vs Superman producer Wesley Coller chats about drawing inspiration from the Ben Affleck Batman casting backlash and whether there are currently plans in place for a solo Wonder Woman movie starring the recently cast Gal Gadot. "Ben is the perfect fit for Zack’s vision for this story."
Longtime Zack Snyder collaborator and Man of Steel producer Wesley Coller chatted with a few local Michigan news outlets on the eve of delivering the commencement speech at his alma matter, Eastern Michigan University. The conversation naturally touched on his involvement with the untitled, Batman vs Superman production, currently scheduled to kickoff filming in Michigan this February. Beginning with the online reaction to the Ben Affleck Batman casting, Coller told MLive, "Because we’ve historically done fan favorite fare – "Watchmen", we remade "Dawn of the Dead" – I’ve developed a pretty good perspective on this. Anything you do that’s culturally significant, or any time you deal with an iconic character or story, you’re going to hear responses from every possible perspective. So nothing surprises me anymore. If anything, that gauges the relevance of a property or character, and it’s invigorating to know people care that much. It inspires you to make the coolest version of the movie that you can. Ben is the perfect fit for Zack’s vision for this story."
On Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman appearing in the film, Coller added, "(My daughter’s) favorite book is this little Wonder Woman flip book. It has the lasso, the invisible plane, the bracelets – every page has an image she’s just in awe with. And something that’s become a reality, being a dad with a new daughter, is that I have a special place in my heart for the idea of a strong, empowered female superhero being out there." And on whether there's currently a plan in place to spinoff Gadot into her own, solo Wonder Woman movie after Batman vs Superman? "We’re super excited to have her in the film, it will be a ton of fun, but at the same time, we’ve got to stay focused on the film we’re working on now."
And how is Coller and co. taking the incredible amount of scrutiny and attention the film is receiving? He told the Detroit Free Press, "Not a day goes by that I don’t think wow, people are really on fire with that idea or that concept or that character. It makes me excited to do what I do. It also makes me think the responsibility is in our hands to make something cool and fun."
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Running Time: Filming in progress
Release Date: 17 July 2015 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (probable)
Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Harry Lennix
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Zack Snyder (story), David S. Goyer (screenplay)
|The sequel to 2013's "Man of Steel" continues the journey of the Last Son of Krypton (Henry Cavill)as he encounters Gotham City's Dark Knight Protector, the Batman (Ben Affleck). Also confirmed to appear is Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. Filming will occur in Detroit, MI and Chicago and Plano, Illinois. The untitled sequel, currently going by Batman vs Superman will be released on July 17, 2015 by Warner Bros. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) with a screenplay by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight), Batman vs Superman will surely be the summer blockbuster of 2015."|
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