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WB's Greg Silverman addresses Wonder Woman appearing in Batman vs Superman rumor

10.24.2013

At the Variety Entertainment and Tech Summit earlier this week, Greg Silverman (Warner Bros' president of creative development and worldwide production) responded to the rumors that Wonder Woman may appear in Zack Snyder's BATMAN VS SUPERMAN. Sounds super revealing, doesn't it? Unfortunately, most of what Silverman says we already know: that Warner Bros. is trying to figure out how to use the character, and has been for a while.

Greg Silverman was asked if BATMAN VS SUPERMAN will introduce other DC Comics superheroes, and of course he had to bring up Wonder Woman:

"We have been doing a lot of thinking for years about how to best use all those characters and we love them,” Silverman said. “Wonder Woman is an amazing character. I think it’s a great opportunity both for box office success, but also to have an amazingly powerful female superhero.”

When asked by Variety if Wonder Woman will be a part of the film or have a separate movie, this was Greg Silverman's response

"We are taking it all very seriously and are trying to do a plan that’s respectful to those characters and maximizes the stories as best they can,” Silverman said, dodging the question. “So everything that has been speculated are things that we’ve thought about."

So Silverman is pretty much saying, "Yes, most of the rumors you have read are true, however we have no solid plans for the character at this time. And even if we did, I can't tell you any details yet."

Greg Silverman also talked about the negative fan reaction to Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. He says there is plenty the public doesn't know about when it comes to how the character will be portrayed in the film, and how much time was spent deciding who will be the new Batman.

“We knew going in that we had more information than the general public had. 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.”

Greg Silverman wouldn't say how Batman and Superman will interact in the film, but he does say, "they both will be wearing suits, there are capes involved, there will be action, there will be excitement."

I know Greg Silverman's comments don't necessarily confirm Wonder Woman in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, but obviously DC and Warner Bros. is trying to build towards something similar to what Marvel and Disney have done with their films, and a big piece needed for their plans to succeed in my opinion is Wonder Woman. If they truly want to create a cinematic universe on par with Marvel's, they're going to have to figure out how the character will be introduced in their films.

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17th, 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: How would you guys feel about Maxima in a Justice League movie? I know Wonder Woman is the bigger name, but I would love to see a big screen version of the character.
Source: Variety

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5:29AM on 10/25/2013
If they're going with an already established Batman...it's a shame they couldn't throw in a proper reference to him (not Wayne) in Man of Steel. The Superman animated series did it very well...establishing that Batman existed before Superman...via just one humorous line spoken by ma Kent. How hard was it to throw something like that in MoS???
If they're going with an already established Batman...it's a shame they couldn't throw in a proper reference to him (not Wayne) in Man of Steel. The Superman animated series did it very well...establishing that Batman existed before Superman...via just one humorous line spoken by ma Kent. How hard was it to throw something like that in MoS???
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10:50PM on 10/24/2013

Cmon DC!

1. Man of Steel - Y'already know what it is.

2. Earth's Finest - I'd like for Robin to show up as one of the Gotham City Guardians (whoever suggested that name for their football team - it was one of the joblo writers thats for sure - its dope, I'm sticking with it). Maybe the kid who never gets picked on the team, and is noticed in the pre-game team talk by their team's main patron, Bruce Wayne. He shouldn't be revealed as Robin much like TDKR but rather as his normal self. He should
1. Man of Steel - Y'already know what it is.

2. Earth's Finest - I'd like for Robin to show up as one of the Gotham City Guardians (whoever suggested that name for their football team - it was one of the joblo writers thats for sure - its dope, I'm sticking with it). Maybe the kid who never gets picked on the team, and is noticed in the pre-game team talk by their team's main patron, Bruce Wayne. He shouldn't be revealed as Robin much like TDKR but rather as his normal self. He should sacrifice himself at the end of the movie to save Superman from Metallo - it makes sense for Metallo to be paid off by the already established Lex Luthor to get rid of Batman. And Robin's death = the moment Batman started to ever feel for anybody else, it got ripped away from him. I prefer the idea of Steve Trevor being introduced rather than Aquaman to be honest, at the end in a cameo, as head of ARGUS and a close friend of Lois Lane's who approaches both Bats and Supes through her. Would be nice to see the tension between Cavill and Trevor (played maybe by Armie Hammer?). Trevor's presence can pave the way for a modern day Wonder Woman introduction.

3. Dark Crusade - standalone Batman movie. Robin's death should turn Batman from the Afflecky "wha.. wha.. why" stuttering emotional man into a fkin powerhouse the likes of which nobody anticipated. The film should leave Superman out but have Steve Trevor on board assisting Batman - they probably get along well over not getting along well with Superman or something along those dynamics. By the end, the plot should show Trevor apparently dying in a final battle and Batman having to take on board yet another death by caring, making his conscience grow even darker.

4. Man of Steel 2 - Superman's interest in Lois Lane wanes as she gets more and more heartbroken over the loss of Steve Trevor. This film is where the rise of Lex Luthor should be explored after the events of Earth's Finest and Metallo's fall. By the end of the film, Steve Trevor should be reported to have set off his tracing beacon somewhere on an Island near Greece - giving Lois Lane hope, and making Supes even more frustrated.

And so on.
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8:35PM on 10/24/2013

Take this for what its worth (POTENTIAL SPOILERS)

But this post could have what are potentially HUGE SPOILERS... so read on if intrigued.

Basically, I was at a party in LA this weekend. I don't want to give away who spoke to me or what was said or what department they are even in, but they flat out told me they were working on the next Superman film. This person definitely checks out as for starters, it was a party filled with industry people. Second, we have mutual contacts and friends, so that checked out. Third, they shared with me the
But this post could have what are potentially HUGE SPOILERS... so read on if intrigued.

Basically, I was at a party in LA this weekend. I don't want to give away who spoke to me or what was said or what department they are even in, but they flat out told me they were working on the next Superman film. This person definitely checks out as for starters, it was a party filled with industry people. Second, we have mutual contacts and friends, so that checked out. Third, they shared with me the next part of the story.

Undeterred, I asked, "Well, is there anything you can tell me." This person (who will remain nameless and sexless) proceeds to say, "Well... I can show you some stuff. But they'll spoil everything for you." I'm always game for seeing 'stuff.'

Basically, this is what I saw and from what I saw, you can glean certain story points from the images I was shown. Robin IS and ISN'T in the film. It's a ploy. Robin is dead. His suit is floating in some sort of display, and it is battle damaged, in the preservative state it was in when he presumably died. Is it in the batcave? It it locked in a vault in a corporate building? I have no idea.

Next, it was revealed to me that they're going the "Avengers" route with this. By that I mean they'll be adding a bonus scene to the end of the film. The scene involves Aquaman. While I saw no images to confirm Wonder Woman, that was adamantly confirmed to me as something that was happening.

Batman came into the picture. Again, this was another thing I didn't see images of but was told verbally what the design would be. Apparently, they want to go with the Frank Miller style, where Batman wears a big hulking suit, and as previously reported, he is wary and grizzled to hell. What else I was told is that the production art depicting Affleck in this look was really coming together and looked fantastic, but then again, I didn't see any of these actual images to report on how accurate this is.

What I did see though was the design for the villain. Now, I know the Marvel universe way better than the DC universe so when I saw the pictures I had no clue who it was. So while I was told who the villain's name was, I quickly forgot it. In looking up who it could be (as I was definitely told his name) I think it was Metallo. A quick search also reveals this may just be the guy I was shown as I believe a major plot point of the film is that a piece of Krypton has managed to still exists, thus allowing for the existence of kryptonite and blah blah blah. The villains design lends credence to this as what I saw was like some sort of hybrid of a Matrix character and a Cenobite, and of course needs some kryptonite to power himself. Allegedly. Due to my severe lack of knowledge about DC characters, I really have no clue how this will affect the story. Admittedly, I'm hazy on who this villain actually is, but in my follow-up research, it looks and sounds like its Metallo.

Another character revealed to be returning was General Zod. How they're going to do it, I don't know. But that's allegedly in the cards as well. And for the record, there was zero mention of Lex Luthor in this conversation.

Ultimately, my source admitted that anything could change before now and actual principal photography begins. So it's important to remember that. But that doesn't change the fact they are clearly setting up the Justice League with this picture, which explains even more so to me at least why WB and DC are so active in getting this film made and in a hurry, and finally, I promise you, as a long time Schmo who has had a pretty good track record on this site that what I saw and heard is 100% authentic. We'll all have to wait and see what happens in the end, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone starts flipping out over this post if it gets any traction at all. So take that all for what it's worth, but these eyes don't lie about what they see.



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8:46PM on 10/24/2013
Obviously I gave away SOME of what was said, but I really only just shared with you more or less what I saw and how they connected to each other. Sure there's more details, but by this point, most of it has faded away and this is pretty much what I can remember.
Obviously I gave away SOME of what was said, but I really only just shared with you more or less what I saw and how they connected to each other. Sure there's more details, but by this point, most of it has faded away and this is pretty much what I can remember.
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2:59PM on 10/24/2013

LMAO...

If you've been thinking about something for YEARS, maybe it's time to give it up. I'm not opposed at all to the WB FINALLY creating a cinematic DC Universe. But I think there struggle has always been that they haven't bothered to learn anything about these characters nor do they love them like he suggests. They need to hire people who know what they're doing and get the hell out of their way. I THINK and hope that this is what they've done by hiring Zack Snyder, Nolan, and even Affleck. But
If you've been thinking about something for YEARS, maybe it's time to give it up. I'm not opposed at all to the WB FINALLY creating a cinematic DC Universe. But I think there struggle has always been that they haven't bothered to learn anything about these characters nor do they love them like he suggests. They need to hire people who know what they're doing and get the hell out of their way. I THINK and hope that this is what they've done by hiring Zack Snyder, Nolan, and even Affleck. But time will tell.
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1:26PM on 10/24/2013
I'm glad DC is taking it seriously when it comes to Wonder Woman. This is not Marvel where everything is cute and fluffy and comedic. DC has their own tone which many doesn't like but some do. A WW cameo would be really interesting!
I'm glad DC is taking it seriously when it comes to Wonder Woman. This is not Marvel where everything is cute and fluffy and comedic. DC has their own tone which many doesn't like but some do. A WW cameo would be really interesting!
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1:16PM on 10/24/2013
Not sure what DC's holdup is, I really don't think it can be this hard to get the character on screen. I mean if Marvel can figure out a good way to bring Thor into their MCU, I'm sure DC should have no trouble getting Wonder Woman into their's.

If they were able to get her into a film, DC would have a leg up on Marvel by having the only female, stand-alone superhero franchise. I mean, let's face it Kevin Feige has no desire of making a female lead superhero franchise, he's happy to sit
Not sure what DC's holdup is, I really don't think it can be this hard to get the character on screen. I mean if Marvel can figure out a good way to bring Thor into their MCU, I'm sure DC should have no trouble getting Wonder Woman into their's.

If they were able to get her into a film, DC would have a leg up on Marvel by having the only female, stand-alone superhero franchise. I mean, let's face it Kevin Feige has no desire of making a female lead superhero franchise, he's happy to sit back and make strong female sidekicks to appease the audiences. C'mon DC, the ball is in your court here.
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12:13PM on 10/24/2013
I wouldnt mind a cameo in Man of steel 2 at all. What they should have done was a Batman vs Superman film that lead into a Trinity film and then the Justice Leauge film. It makes more sense to me at least lets just hope they get everything right. Wonderwoman is one of my fav characters so I hope they do her justice.
I wouldnt mind a cameo in Man of steel 2 at all. What they should have done was a Batman vs Superman film that lead into a Trinity film and then the Justice Leauge film. It makes more sense to me at least lets just hope they get everything right. Wonderwoman is one of my fav characters so I hope they do her justice.
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11:17AM on 10/24/2013

She's great

But for some reason they can't get her look right. Either they go traditional and ppl think she looks goofy or they try and do a modern take and ppl think she looks like a prostitute. If they can just get her look right they make bank.
But for some reason they can't get her look right. Either they go traditional and ppl think she looks goofy or they try and do a modern take and ppl think she looks like a prostitute. If they can just get her look right they make bank.
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11:23AM on 10/24/2013
There've been lots of really cool Wonder Woman redesigns done by fans floating around recently. I like this take on the outfit by cosplayer Meagan Marie: [link]
There've been lots of really cool Wonder Woman redesigns done by fans floating around recently. I like this take on the outfit by cosplayer Meagan Marie: [link]
11:07AM on 10/24/2013
There's lots of potential in the character, I think there's a sense of inertia at DC given how horribly the misguided David E Kelly TV pilot turned out. The non comic book-reading public seems to have a perception that Wonder Woman is inherently silly, and I think that's because the version most ingrained in popular culture is the Lynda Carter-starring TV series. Sure, Batman and Superman have had their cheesy and campy other media outings, but there have been more serious takes in recent years
There's lots of potential in the character, I think there's a sense of inertia at DC given how horribly the misguided David E Kelly TV pilot turned out. The non comic book-reading public seems to have a perception that Wonder Woman is inherently silly, and I think that's because the version most ingrained in popular culture is the Lynda Carter-starring TV series. Sure, Batman and Superman have had their cheesy and campy other media outings, but there have been more serious takes in recent years which Wonder Woman has yet to get but that she fully deserves. She's a warrior, she's a goddess-princess, she's an ambassador and a diplomat, a fish out of water fighting for a world she doesn't fully believe in.
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10:44AM on 10/24/2013
Wonder Women is DCs version of Thor. But I can think how they would approach her in a live action environment without upsetting some feminist group regarding her attire. I mean her outfit mainly resembles a Halloween costume more then a crime fighting outfit even in the New 52 look. Wonder Women needs a major overhaul for the big screen and I feel most geek fans won't like it
Wonder Women is DCs version of Thor. But I can think how they would approach her in a live action environment without upsetting some feminist group regarding her attire. I mean her outfit mainly resembles a Halloween costume more then a crime fighting outfit even in the New 52 look. Wonder Women needs a major overhaul for the big screen and I feel most geek fans won't like it
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10:29AM on 10/24/2013
I bet Marvel could figure out how to use Wonder Woman in a film than DC ever could.

Just put her in the film somehow and give us the trinity already!
I bet Marvel could figure out how to use Wonder Woman in a film than DC ever could.

Just put her in the film somehow and give us the trinity already!
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1:23PM on 10/24/2013
Nope, Marvel will do it in a cheesy comedic way like the other Marvel characters. DC has chosen the serious/realistic path which makes it harder. I'm glad DC is taking it step by step.
Nope, Marvel will do it in a cheesy comedic way like the other Marvel characters. DC has chosen the serious/realistic path which makes it harder. I'm glad DC is taking it step by step.
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10:26AM on 10/24/2013

Oh good

Capes and suits. I was worried for a minute there.
Capes and suits. I was worried for a minute there.
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10:40AM on 10/24/2013
Dammit, you beat me to the punch
Dammit, you beat me to the punch
10:14AM on 10/24/2013
I think the closest we probably will get to a wonder woman in that movie will probably be a babe wearing a wonder bra. Speaking of which, why not consider power girl. If there is one female super hero that will get every guy heading to the theater to see her super powered assets, its power girl.
I think the closest we probably will get to a wonder woman in that movie will probably be a babe wearing a wonder bra. Speaking of which, why not consider power girl. If there is one female super hero that will get every guy heading to the theater to see her super powered assets, its power girl.
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