Rumor: Batman V Superman Getting 2 Installments? [Updated]

1/09/2015 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


[Update: Henry Cavill denied the rumor during a recent interview]

A mysterious image popped up recently.  I can't find the origins, but it appears it was simply posted to imgur.  Obviously, lack of sources means to take it with a grain of salt, but the concept revealed is too enticing to dismiss without discussion altogether.

The image poster claims to have taken an iPhone video of a version of the Batman V Superman teaser.  The post says that the actual video won't be released (making this even harder to verify), but they do share an image from the end of the teaser trailer...


I normally don't cover rumors like these until they've been properly vetted—anyone that remembers the fake script that got tossed around the internet last year knows how dangerous that can be—but the implications of this rumor are pretty huge, and definitely exciting.

According to the image, Batman v Superman is actually split into two parts.  Part I: Enter the Knight on October 23rd, 2015, and Part II: Dawn of Justice, on the already scheduled release date of March 25th, 2016.

It was recently rumored by Latino-Review that  first Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer would be revealed ahead of Jupiter Ascending next month, which add's a little (read: tiny) bit of credence to the claim, since it is likely there is a trailer bouncing around somewhere behind (mostly) closed doors.

The two rumors do collaborate the existence of the trailer, and they appear to be from separate sources, which give the tiniest amount of credibility.  The image also doesn't have any glaring discrepancies.  The link at the bottom is an official movie site, and the release dates are all correct, but only a poor excuse of a fake would get those details wrong.

There's also the fact that filming for Batman v Superman just wrapped in December, after kicking off filming in May.  While that isn't unheard of for a single film of this scope, it is still a relatively lengthy shoot, so it's not unreasonable to suggest there is enough footage to fill 2 films.

Then, there's the October 23rd release date.  Warner Brothers does hold that release date.  It was originally slated for The Conjuring 2, but it has since been bumped now held by an untitled horror film.

Despite all that, I'd put it in the "doubtful" column, just because it's so hard to verify, and it'd be surprising that they were able to hide a release date for October of 2015.  Maybe if Part I was in March, and Part II was later in 2016.

DC already announced a big slate of films a few months ago, it's unlikely that this wouldn't also be announced then.  Also, the link in the image is for batmanvsupermandawnofjustice.com.  Why would the link that is supposedly provided in a teaser (a teaser which drops the two film bombshell) specify the full title of what will end up being the second installment?  Warner brothers doesnt even own batmanvsupermanentertheknight.com, but to be fair, they also don't own batmanvsuperman.com.

As already mentioned, WB does hold the October 2015 release date, but the unspecified film currently occupying the spot is in fact supposed to be for a New Line Cinema/ Warner Brothers film.  Batman v Superman is not being released through New Line, but another incoming DC project, Shazam, is, so it's still not outside the realm of possibility for some swapping to be occurring.

elmayimbe of Latino-Review (the source of the original trailer rumor) is currently investigating.  Although LR might not exactly be known for its accuracy, but it's a little different when confirming a rumor vs reporting an original scoop, so there will definitely be additional details incoming.



Either way.  I'm sure we'll hear more soon, and I will definitely update with any new information, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, what do you think of these rumors?  Let me know in the comments!


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (until further notice) is scheduled for a release date of March 25th, 2016, and will star Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Gal Gadot as Diana Price/Wonder Woman, Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth.

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