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Superman vs Batman - Set for 2004 release

From comics2film.com

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Batman Vs. Superman In 2004

Fans who worried that DC Comics' only response to Spider-Man would be "Wonder Twins" can rest a bit easier today. Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed recent reports that the block-buster crossover pic Batman Vs. Superman is, indeed on the fast-track and targeted for a 2004 release.

Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm), who has long been attached as director will also serve as producer on the movie.

"It is a clash of the titans," Petersen told Variety. "They play off of each other so perfectly. (Superman) is clear, bright, all that is noble and good, and Batman represents the dark, obsessive and vengeful side. They are two sides of the same coin and that is material for great drama."

Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven) wrote the script which has the two heroes starting as allies but eventually battling one-another.

"They both go through some kind of a crisis," Petersen said to The Reporter. "Superman has an unwavering belief in what is right and wrong and it's just not that simple anymore in today's world, while Batman is on a path of self-destruction. He reacts to an act of incredible violence in a way that almost puts him over the edge."

The director will be searching for his leading men immediately and hopes to have the roles filled within four weeks. "We are not going to go with typical action stars but great actors who will do an action-oriented part," Petersen told The Reporter. The director also states there are three juicy female parts in the film. Early 2003 is targeted as the start of production.

Both Gotham City and Metropolis will be featured in the movie.

Diana Rathbun will also produce. Warner Bros' president of worldwide production, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, will oversee the project with senior vice president Bob Brassel.

The crossover is not a continuation of previous the previous franchise. Nor does it replace stand-alone projects for the two characters. Development work continues on the Superman movie with director McG (Charlie's Angels) and writer J.J. Abrams (Alias). Similarly Batman: Year One is still in development with Darren Aronofsky.
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In today's Sunday Mail (Brisbane):

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Superman Damon to battle Bat

Matt Damon is to star as Superman in the new movie in which the Man of Steel battles his one-time ally Batman.

Director Wolfgang Peterson said: "It is a clash of the titans. Everything after September 11 is different.

"You want to change the images of these superheroes."

Peterson, who directed Air Force One, said Superman would appear "clear, bright, all that is noble and good; Batman represents the dark, obsessive and vengeful side."
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