Fans first heard the news about Man of Steel 2, aka Batman vs. Superman, at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 in July. But according to writer David S. Goyer, the film is further along in development than most people realize.
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Goyer told The Associated Press that the crew has enjoyed working on the project, particularly because they have been fooling the fans a bit.
"One of the things that has been fun for us is we're a bit further along than I think people realize," Goyer said.
It's unclear what exactly Goyer meant by this, as the announcement of Batman's inclusion in the Man of Steel sequel only came a little more than two months ago, and Ben Affleck was infamously cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne in late August. It is possible, though, that DC and Warner Bros. fast-tracked the sequel with all the hype surrounding Man of Steel.
Affleck's casting created plenty of controversy among fans, and some expressed their outrage at what they perceived to be a poor choice for the part. Goyer also spoke to The AP about fan reaction and its role in shaping films:
"From a fan point of view, we're conscious of that when you're working on these things, but you can't let yourself be paralyzed by that," Goyer said. "At the end of the day you still have to create something. And if you try to think, 'Well, what would the fans like, what would the audience like?' then you stop being creative and it's sort of like where does it end? You have to write the story that you want to write and hope that people want to see it."
Finally, Goyer weighed in on one of the oldest comic-book debates. Who wins in a fight: Batman or Superman?
"Most comic book purists would say Batman because he is the ultimate strategist," Goyer. said "Even though it makes no sense whatsoever. If Superman just flicked his finger Batman would be done for. You'll have to watch the film in a year and a half or whatnot to see what happens."