Roven Talks "DC Justice League Universe" of Films
Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: November 11, 2015

I’ve met -- and interviewed – Mr. Charles Roven a few times during his run as one of the producers of “The Dark Knight Trilogy.” I’ve got to say that I’m very glad that he’s producing not only BATMAN v SUPERMAN, but he’ll be serving in that same capacity on all of the upcoming DC-based films from Warner Bros. He saw firsthand that the “grounded and realistic” approach used by Nolan on his Batman films worked pretty well. Now, this “DC Justice League Universe” – as Mr. Roven calls it – is an extension of the “Trilogy” in terms of keeping these films as “real” as possible. We saw this first in MAN OF STEEL (which was produced and co-written by Chris Nolan), and we’ll it again in BvS, SUICIDE SQUAD, and the other upcoming DCJLU movies. Of course, when you’re using characters like Wonder Woman and Aquaman, you’re going to have to tweak the realism thing just a bit. Here’s what Roven had to say on the matter via a great interview with COLLIDER.COM

”Let’s start with what we’re doing with MAN OF STEEL, because Chris’ DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY was actually different in the sense that the [TRILOGY] had no superheroes in it, none whatsoever. It had a man who made himself both mentally and physically into the best a man could be, and the villains in that were also humans who whether they were aberrated or not were also heightened in terms of their ability to accomplish their goals through their own methods. Very real, very grounded, but of this Earth. “On MAN OF STEEL we also tried to make things feel as real as possible, but we took you to Krypton. We started on Krypton, we gave you Krypton technology and Krypton science and we tried to do it in a way that if there was this planet, what was their culture, what was their language, what were they thinking about, what was their science, what was their technology. And we did try to make that real but we were also taking you into an alien world, and I think we’ve tried to follow that, so make it feel grounded but also otherworldly. So whatever we do with any of these characters we’re gonna want them to be grounded, we’re gonna want the science to feel real whether it’s of this world or not of this world. "We tried [to make it all feel real] when we brought it here, when Zod came here, we wanted to make sure that we followed that. We actually talked about what would that technology translate to here. And I think you’ll see in BATMAN v SUPERMAN we stayed true to that, we were attempting to stay true to that, how are things affecting Superman here, Batman is still human, he’s not Meta, he’s just a human, Wonder Woman is Meta, if you will, although some might think that she’s a God.”

Word. Now, here’s a few things he had to say about BATMAN v SUPERMAN

”You will definitely understand when you see the movie why we call it BATMAN v SUPERMAN… I’m excited to have people see it. I think it’s really a wonderful film. I think Zack [Snyder]’s done an amazing job, all of the actors who are in it, we were so lucky. Just think about the cast that we have, from Ben [Affleck] to Henry Cavill, to Amy [Adams] to Jesse [Eisenberg] to Jeremy [Irons] to Larry [Lawrence] Fishburne. Just amazing, and they all really bring it. Really great. Very happy.”

Finally, here’s what Roven had to say about the fear that BvS is “too busy” and includes “too many characters.” He says not to worry…

”"I don’t think that’s an issue for this film at all. I really don’t… I think that the film is called BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, so there’s a reason it’s called [that] and not DAWN OF JUSTICE: BATMAN v SUPERMAN. So you’re gonna invest mostly in Batman and Superman and I think that you’ll find other characters in there that you hopefully will want to see more of.”

Good stuff! For the full interview, visit COLLIDER.COM.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hits theaters on MARCH 25, 2016!

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, a Zack Snyder film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The film opens nationwide in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters on March 25, 2016, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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