The long-untitled "Man of Steel" sequel has officially been titled: "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" -- "v," not "vs." -- as reported by Variety.
Principal photography starts today in Detroit. As noted by Variety, the use of "Justice" in the title certainly further suggests that the film -- which includes Henry Cavill in his return outing as Superman, Ben Affleck debuting as Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg in both characters' first live-action feature film appearances -- will function heavily as a "Justice League" prelude. It was confirmed late last month that "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman" director Zack Snyder would also helm a "Justice League" film, following the "Man of Steel" sequel.
A "Man of Steel" sequel starring both Superman and Batman was first announced last July at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Last week, Snyder released the first look at Affleck in the film's Batsuit via Twitter.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is scheduled for release on May 6, 2016, and also stars "Man of Steel" returnees Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and Diane Lane (Martha Kent), plus Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Jeremy Irons (Alfred) and Holly Hunter in an as-yet unspecified role, said in a press release to be "newly created for the film."
Warner Bros.' full press release follows.
CAMERAS ROLL ON DIRECTOR ZACK SNYDER’S "BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE" FROM WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Principal photography is underway in Metro Detroit, Michigan
BURBANK, CA, May 21, 2014 – Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures' "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as BruceWayne/Batman.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from "Man of Steel," Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
Principal photography will take place on location at Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit, Michigan; Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific.
Set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.
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