Chatting with Collider (via CBM), Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri was asked if they were involved in the creation of the tease for Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" showcased at last year's San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Letteri's response is juicy: "We're doing a completely different
sequence. The sequence we're doing is sort of self-contained, I don't
think you've seen any of that."
The company's work on "Man of Steel" was also for a 'self-contained'
part of the film - the opening sequence set on Krypton.
Letteri's answer suggests that their work will be a similar on the sequel, with the most common
speculation is that it will bring Wonder Woman's (Fast Five" star Gal Gadot)
homeland of Themyscira.
Some of the shoot was originally slated to take place in Morocco but shifted to New Mexico where a temple structure was built
and that likely use plenty of digital extensions.
DOJ will see the return of Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck will play Bruce Wayne/Batman amid lots of fallout--while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are set to reprise their roles as Lois Lane, Perry White and Martha Kent. Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman,
The death of Thomas and Martha Wayne will be part of the narrative with "Watchmen" actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan said to be playing Thomas.
Ray Fisher is playing the role of Cyborg in the film. Jeremy Irons has been cast as Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth. Jesse Eisenberg is playing Lex Luthor
There were reports that suggested that the chatter about former "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston was playing Lex in the upcoming movie were true were denied by the actor. In fact he and fellow early frontrunner Mark Strong were never offered the role. Tom Hanks was internally discussed but an offer was never made.
Instead, they stuck with a next generation' mandate. We were told that Joaquin Phoenix came up as a contender for Lex. The trade says that he passed.
Latino Review reports that four secondary villains are making an appearance in DOJ: Victor Zsasz Morgan Edge Amanda Waller and David Cain.
to their sources, the serial killer Zsasz will fight with
Affleck's Batman in an early Gotham City-set scene. Edge will be the
slimy public relations head of LexCorp
who goes toe to toe with Lois Lane on a TV talk show. Cain
will meet with Luthor's bodyguard Mercy to set up an
assassination. There's also another baddie that is yet to be
cast . In this incarnation Waller's a stern, intimidating senator
who sees Superman as a threat and comes up with a counter
measure to stop him.
Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine") have joined the cast. Specifics about their new characters are being kept under wraps. Australian actor Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty ," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier") has been rumored for the role of an (unnamed) villain in the film for quite some time now....TMZ said that he is playing Batman's greatest foe --The Joker.....Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "The Rover") has joined the film. Nobody at the studio will confirm the news or reveal what the role is.
Spanish site El Multicine which claims that "Looper"and "Edge Of Tomorrow" actress Emily Blunt inked a deal for an unspecified role.
Batman on Film also suggests that the character of Commissioner Jim Gordon
is in the film, however there's no word on potential casting or
confirmation at this time. The character is front and center
in Fox Broadcasting's fantastic new Fall TV Series prequel Gotham starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, and Jada Pinkett Smith
More rumors ran that Girls co-star Adam Driver was the frontrunner to play the character of Dick Grayson, the post-Robin Nightwing incarnation in the film. The original story mentioned that two other actors are in the mix for the role. Less than 24 hours later "Gossip Girl" and "Easy A" star Penn Badgley and "The Perks of Being A Wallflower" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin" star Ezra Miller were said to be in mix for the part. Driver denied any such talk...With good reason since he was really up for Lex. He turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Denzel Washington was also among a list potentials for Lex generated by Thinkmcflythink as were Idris Elba and Colin Salmon.
Back in August Superhero Report posted a photo of actress Jena Malone meeting her "Sucker Punch" director on the set. This led to speculation that she may make a cameo in the film. At the time Malone denied that talk, saying her set visit was just a visit. Channel 10 WILX
in Michigan claims to have an anonymous film extra as a source who
says that Malone is in the film and she's playing a female Robin aka Carrie Kelley.
Singer Justin Bieber uploaded a photo on his Instagram account showing him holding up what appeared to be a personalized script for the film with the hashtag "#Robin" but it turned out to be a prop for a Funny or Die skit.
The speedster The Flash is said to be in the script.
Meantime: The star of The CW's popular Arrow TV series Stephen Amell posted a "Justice League" comic image on his official Facebook page. We already know that Flash (Grant Gustin) showed up there for a few eps before getting his own show (Watch an extended trailer). Could more of DC Entertainment's "Justice League" be coming to "Arrow"? The answer is yes...For now the DC Cinematic Universe will NOT co-exist with the TV heroics...There are rumors about where the films might go as well as the TV side of things...
"Man Of Steel" writer David S. Goyer was back on the keyboard but now--THR reports that Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Affleck's “Argo,” has been hired to write the latest draft of the MOS 2 script.
Goyer is in the midst of developing several projects including an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's popular comic book series Sandman, which he’ll produce with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven return to executive produce the multi-hero film.
Sources say the new movie is going for the tone of the relationship and fight seen in Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns.
Principal photography has wrapped on the 7-month shoot.
The DOJ release was delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons.
As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 was
no longer. The studio then targeted a May 6th 2016 release.
They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot. The sequel was to go head to head with "Captain America 3" ...Nobody thought that the comic book pics would ultimately share the date--Sure enough DOJ blinked--and will now open on March 25th 2016.
Once post on DOJ is completed Snyder will helm DC Entertainment's long planned Justice League movie The Justice League Part One--penned by "Argo" scribe Terrio.