Yesterday's investors' shindig at the Bank Of America already brought us news of Star Wars: Origins, but Disney wasn't the only monolith on the stage. Warner Bros. were also present, represented by CEO Kevin Tsujihara, and he dropped a few more hints about what we can expect from Ben Affleck's Batman in the Man Of Steel follow-up.
Batfleck will be "tired, weary and seasoned" having been doing the no-powers superhero thing "for a while" says Tsujihara. That chimes neatly with the story that Josh Brolin was approached for the role at one point, and with director Zack Snyder's own original announcement that Affleck's will be "a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter". While the film won't be an adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns (which already exists as an animation), Frank Miller's grizzled, beaten-up, worn-in Batman is clearly something like the vibe intended.
Of the absurd casting controversy, Tsujihara allows only that the response from fans has been "passionate": a testament, he says, to Batman's enduring appeal. He insists, however, that Affleck is "perfect for the vision Zack has for that character". He also told investors that, despite not reaching the magic billion, Warners "could not be happier" with Man Of Steel's worldwide box office haul of $660m. "It's the perfect springboard for Batman and Superman," he said, telling everyone to prime themselves for further big announcements in the near future.
Batman Vs. Superman, or whatever it ends up being called, is scheduled for the crowded marketplace of summer 2015, with a US release on July 17 of that year.