In just under two months, Warner Bros. will kick off their DC Comics Extended Universe (DCEU) with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is quickly becoming one of this year's most anticipated movies. While we still have to wait and see how it performs at the box office, a new report from BoxOffice.com is projecting that the movie will have an opening weekend of $154 million, with a $388 million projected domestic gross.
This highly-anticipated superhero adventure will mark the first time both Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) have been seen on the big screen together in cinematic history. The movie will also introduce Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, whose stand alone movie is currently in production and set to hit theaters on June 23, 2017. It has also been rumored that this movie will introduce the rest of the Justice League, before Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2 hits theaters in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
This epic superhero adventure will also introduce fans to a new version of Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg. We saw in the previous trailer that Lex is responsible for introducing both Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne at a charity function, but it isn't known if he truly knows their superhero alter-egos at this point. Producer Charles Roven recently revealed that Lex is "concerned" about Superman's presence on Earth, and that he will use his wealth to help repairing the damage the Man of Steel caused in his battle with General Zod.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Oscar winner Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters' first big-screen pairing. The film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (American Hustle) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got to Do with It) as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (The Piano) as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Zack Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice launches Warner Bros. new DC Comics slate of movies, including Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016), Wonder Woman (June 23, 2017), Justice League Part 1 (November 17, 2017), The Flash (March 23, 2018), Aquaman (July 27, 2018), Shazam! (April 5, 2019), Justice League Part 2 (June 14, 2019), Cyborg (April 3, 2020) and Green Lantern Corps. (June 19, 2020). We'll have to wait and see how these other adventures fare at the box office, but they are all shaping up to be big hits as well.