The new March issue of Empire magazine is full of new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice info. It has epic new images, teases the introduction of Darkseid, and has great new interviews. I covered a lot of that here on Batman News, like producer Charles Roven’s controversial “executioner” Batman comments, and the fact that Gal Gadot thought her audition was for Catwoman. But there’s lots of interesting info that I haven’t seen other sites reporting. Check out over 25 details below.

  • “You’ll tell me if you don’t want me to do it”, Zack Snyder said to Christopher Nolan. Nolan found it “a little bit hard” according to Snyder, but gave him is blessing to reinvent Batman. “Well, we don’t own these characters. When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will”, Nolan said.
  • Zack Snyder met with Josh Brolin and Richard Armitage for the role of Batman.
  • Warner Bros. tried to prepare Ben Affleck for the inevitable backlash of his casting news. They showed him all the negative things that people said about previous Batman casting announcements, going back to Michael Keaton, where they received 50,000 angry letters.
  • Affleck would have turned down the role if it were just a sequel to Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies.
  • Batman’s voice is digitally altered by his cowl.
  • Affleck and Snyder debated about film vs. digital on set. Snyder, like Christopher Nolan, is a big fan of film.
  • The “desert Batman” scene is a dream sequence and takes place in Kandahar.
  • Bruce Wayne lost people he was very close to during the Man of Steel destruction. People he could call family.
  • Wayne Manor is burnt-out. Bruce and Alfred live in a lake house.
  • Jeremy Irons’ Alfred is much more hands-on than any of the previous versions.
  • Zack Snyder was impressed by Jesse Eisenberg’s performance in The Social Network, and cast him as Lex Luthor after originally meeting with him for a different role.
  • Lex Luthor is witty and charming in public, but full of rage behind closed doors.
  • Lex Luthor is is interested in metahuman existence, and Wonder Woman’s appearance comes from that interest.
  • Zack Snyder says Wonder Woman’s introduction was organic, and made him realize how close they were to the Justice League movie.
  • Wonder Woman is over 5,000 years old and gets forced out of retirement.
  • Wonder Woman isn’t perfect, and can be “naughty” according to Gadot.
  • Wonder Woman’s sexuality is part of her power, according to producer Deborah Snyder.
  • Talks of doing a Batman vs. Superman movie next began just weeks before Man of Steel hit theaters.
  • The Batmobile gets repaired at some point in the movie.
  • Don’t expect Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent to be clumsy like Christopher Reeve’s. He doesn’t want to bring attention to himself.
  • Clark and Lois Lane live together in a Metropolis apartment.
  • Superman thinks that Batman’s brutal methods make him just as much a criminal as the freaks he locked up in Arkham. Superman doesn’t want to bully Batman, so he tries to expose him as Clark Kent in his newspaper articles.
  • When Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill disagreed about Superman’s psychology, they would both do push-ups until someone gave in.
  • Cavill put on 30lbs of muscle for this movie, and will go down to 10lbs between each movie.
  • Lois Lane and Batman have a big action scene together that involving lots of wirework and special effects.