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Petersen Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN
Author: Bill Ramey
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Way, way back in the day, at the beginning of this decade, a film called BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN was damn near made by Warner Bros. The man who had been tapped to direct the flick, Wolfgang Petersen, recently talked to IF MAGAZINE about the ill-fated project.

"I was very close to doing BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN and TROY with Warner Bros. and I said 'let me do both;' one first, then the other. I didn’t have to make a decision, because they pulled the idea of BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, because they got nervous that maybe [they should] start with an individual Superman film and Batman film. At one point, maybe when I’m 80 I’ll get to do BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN with a real old Christian Bale.”

“It’s two things in your own chest fighting each other -- the good and the bad, the light and the dark,” says Peterson. “Superman is more the light creature and Batman is the dark creature of the night. Both are heroic people. To see if they would come together into a story, where they come from different planets so to speak, how would the dynamic between these two go. How would they conflict with each other. You’re always in a conflict and how would they work together. The dynamic between these different characters work and still do. They did it in the comics some times, but I think for a big motion picture, a BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN film could be really interesting.”

BvS (written by Andrew Kevin Walker and "polished" by Akiva Goldsman) would have teamed the Burton/Schumacher Batman and a Donner-ish Superman against The Joker -- back from the dead -- and Lex Luthor. Thanks to "Chris M." for sending the link.

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