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Batman VS Superman, No Affleck? 2016 Release Move Unleashes Rumors.

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With the DC Universe being leagues behind Marvel as far as film success quantity and character expansion, the Man of Steel franchise looks to be the next step in continuing what The Dark Knight started. With the announcement of the Man of Steel sequel this year at Comic Con, the geek universe erupted with excitement to find out it would be Batman vs Superman coming in 2015.

Batman-Vs-Superman-logoWell it doens’t look like that’s quite the case anymore. Though the movie is still slated to be, Batman Vs Superman, the release has been pushed back to 2016, which has opened up Pandora’s Box of rumors and spoilers to movie items we may later find revealed as truth… or not.

I love a good rumor and sometimes some spoilers can really help keep my interest, but when some of the big ones land under the negative column, I begin to worry something I want to love might end up landing short. When movie releases get pushed, you find that much of the film’s support crew has to jump ship because they are under contract through a certain date and most likely have a different contract starting at a conflicting date. This is usually when the rumors start to fly. Like, say… Ben Affleck might abandon the project as Batman/Bruce Wayne.

ben-affleck-batmanThat may not be a bad thing to most of the geek-obsessive, movie-going world after seeing the initial internet reaction to the announcement Affleck was cast for the role. You would have thought a million cute kittens were trapped, lit on fire and were burned alive on a live web video stream for the world to watch. People were mortified. Well those are the whispers. It’s rumored with the pushed release, shoot dates have been extended (which actors really dislike) and Affleck feels the script is falling short in both quality and progress towards being complete. When you’re the new best thing to tandem acting/filmmaking at the moment, that’s not what you want to hear if you’re scriptwriter, David Goyle. Seeing that Goyle may be butting heads with Affleck already and is also slated to write the adaptation of the Justice League, it’s feasible Ben wouldn’t want to stay on board as the Caped Crusader. It’s not like his career is in any need of a tent pole to hold it up. The rumor also seems especially true since it appears the extended BvS shoot dates could conflict with Ben’s plans to direct the adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night.

When film crews exit a production already well in motion, not only do you get some juicy set information, they tend to have the inside scoop on some plot details too. So here is where I do the needful…

WARNING SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!!!

Now that I’ve done my due diligence there, I’ll give you my little photo mashup of some big things you’re about to read…

BvS-spoilersNow without further adieu… the spoilers.

  • The villians are Lex Luthor and Metallo
  • Batman forms a UN type deal to stop Superman from destroying another city
  • Aquaman is in it, but not called Aquaman. He’s there because the world engine in the ocean did something to the fish
  • Wonderwoman poses as a Wayne Enterprises investor to retrieve an item that belongs to her people.
  • Lex Luthor is in the shadows a lot, a manipulator. Not much face time with Superman.
  • Robin betrayed Batman at some point, leading to a falling out between them
  • The Batcave was super cool looking, and the mobile looked similar to Burton’s
  • Lois is investigating Lex.
  • Metallo “kills” Clark
  • The Daily Planet is bought by Lex Luthor for PR purposes
  • At the end Superman is living in exile, and the Justice League is an government approved superhero team.

So there you have it. A lot to take in over something as seemingly minor as a delayed release date. Now it’s your turn. Let me have it. What are your thoughts on Batman with or without Affleck in the suit? Have you heard any other rumors? Which ones do you think are the most believable??? Post it up in the comments below and lets see what we come up with.

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By: Eli Rebich

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