In Empire Magazine's September issue, a cover story on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice reveals a slew of new details about the movie — and the burgeoning DC Cinematic Universe as a whole.
Here's a quick rundown of everything we learned from the article. This new information could be considered minor spoilers, so proceed at your own risk. We found nothing in Empire's article that will ruin the movie, however.
First, Empire reveals a big piece of info about Suicide Squad. Remember the on-set reports out of Toronto, where Batman was seen chasing a pink hotrod driven by Joker, along with Harley Quinn? Empire explains that Batman personally captured every villain that makes up the Squad, and the Toronto scenes were from a flashback showing how he captured Harley Quinn.
Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne has been Batman for 20 years by the time we catch up with him in Batman v. Superman. Director Zack Snyder said that this movie's take on Batman was at "45 or 46" years old. What happened during those 20 previous years? "All the history is there," said Snyder. He had at least one Robin over the years, Commissioner Jim Gordon was his friend, but both are now gone. "He has lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age or disease," said producer Charles Roven.
Needless to say, Bruce is a bit jaded these days. And now he's confronted by Superman, a god-like being with superpowers that make his own mortal abilities pale in comparison. It's "a concept that is transcendent" to Bruce, forcing him into a crisis of conscience. Is he nothing more than a dark vigilante? Is there real heroism in him? Snyder says, "It is rich stuff that he deals with. Ben does an amazing job." Things get so dark for him that depending on your point of view, Batman could be seen as the villain of Batman v. Superman.
The subject of living arrangements came up in the article, where it was revealed that Clark Kent and Lois Lane are now living together in Metropolis. Wayne Manor, seen crumbling in the most recent trailer, has been abandoned. Bruce is instead now living in an idyllic lakeside house with a minimal footprint, designed to feel like it's part of nature. It's called "the Glasshouse." As for Lex Luthor, his mansion's interiors were shot inside a museum in Detroit, but Empire makes a point of noting that you never get to see his bedroom. "Everything is a façade. You have no access to what is inside Lex."
Everyone's been wondering what the extent of Aquaman's involvement is in Batman v. Superman, and the magazine addresses this. It says that Aquaman has an "elusive cameo" that does little more than allow you to "understand he exists." Sorry, Aquaman fans.