The highly anticipated Man of Steel sequel, which will costar Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, now has an official title, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Principal photography for the film began today in Detroit, according to Variety, and will continue later in Africa and the South Pacific. It’s slated to come out May 6th, 2016.
Plot details for the movie, which written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, are still unknown. But the movie-industry trade mag points out that the Dawn of Justice subtitle suggests continuity into the yet-untitled Justice League movie that director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), who is helming this film, has signed on to lead. Last week, Snyder tweeted the first picture of Affleck in costume, featuring the star in full brood.
Last year’s announcement that Affleck would portray Batman met a lot of derision online. The actor was able to laugh it off on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in September – saying “If I can handle the Emmy snub, I can handle anything” – but he later admitted feeling some wariness about playing such an iconic character. “Initially I was reluctant, as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold,” he said in an interview with 411Mania.com. “But once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris [Nolan]and Christian [Bale] made but still in keeping with tradition I was excited.