Warner Bros on Batman Vs Superman and Ben Affleck
One of the power brokers at Warner Bros is a man called Greg Silverman. We’re sure he’s a very lovely man, who buys exquisite Christmas gifts for his friends and family, but for the purposes of this story, he’s the president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros. Thus, he knows things. DC things.
Chatting at Variety’s Entertainment & Tech Summit, Silverman played a straight defensive shot to questions regarding a Wonder Woman project, but was more open when addressing the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, in Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs Superman movie.
“We knew going in that we had more information than the general public had”, Silverman said, specifically chatting about the backlash that ensued when Affleck’s casting was announced. “We knew what the take of the movie was, we knew what the character was going to be. We don’t take these decisions lightly. We thought about everybody – brand new people, established people. Ben is the perfect guy to play this role”.
Describing Zack Snyder and David S Goyer as having “crafted a great story”, Silverman confirmed that when Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill come face to face on screen, “they both will be wearing suits, there are capes involved, there will be action, there will be excitement”.
Early material for Batman Vs Superman was shot over the weekend, but the vast bulk of the work will be done next year, ahead of the film’s July 2015 release.