Producer Wesley Coller had a chat with MLive, where the Michigan-native talks about returning to his hometown for the upcoming production of Batman vs Superman. In the interview, Coller touches on a couple of topics related to the film.
On how Michigan, which also happens to be where writer David Goyer is from as well, became the place to film:
"As producers, we have to look at a broad spectrum of factors. The main thing … is whether it satisfies Zack’s creative needs. Does it have what we need in terms of settings? Does it budgetarily make sense? Does it make sense seasonally? When we got to doing that, scheduling-wise, there were a ton of variables to take into account. And as we checked more and more boxes on our list, and the answer was, again and again, Michigan, Michigan, Michigan, it just made sense. So we started pursuing that. But I held off as long as I could, telling my parents about it. When I finally called, I said, ‘Sorry I couldn’t tell you sooner.’ They’re beside themselves that we’re coming back for a long spell."
On the reaction to Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, Coller echos the "any publicity is good publicity" mantra in his own way:
"Because we’ve historically done fan favorite fare – ‘Watchmen,’ we remade ‘Dawn of the Dead’ … – I’ve developed a pretty good perspective on this. Anything you do that’s culturally significant, or any time you deal with an iconic character or story, you’re going to hear responses from every possible perspective. So nothing surprises me anymore. If anything, that gauges the relevance of a property or character, and it’s invigorating to know people care that much. It inspires you to make the coolest version of the movie that you can. Ben is the perfect fit for Zack’s vision for this story."
He then elaborated a little on the stock Snyder puts in telling the story with his own unique perspective:
"He was doing an interview with the college he graduated from, and his whole point was, the one thing you bring as an individual is your perspective. So you have to understand your perspective, and own it, and embrace it. … We all can be inspired by the same thing, the same stories, and we can all dive into the back story, and we can do all the homework in the world, but when it comes to moving the idea forward, it’s your perspective that drives that vision."
On Wonder Woman's role in the film, and how far down the line they're looking, Coller had this to say:
"(My daughter’s) favorite book is this little Wonder Woman flip book. It has the lasso, the invisible plane, the bracelets – every page has an image she’s just in awe with. And something that’s become a reality, being a dad with a new daughter, is that I have a special place in my heart for the idea of a strong, empowered female superhero being out there.
We’re super excited to have her in the film, it will be a ton of fun, but at the same time, we’ve got to stay focused on the film we’re working on now,”
One note on the article, and it's a running theme that El Mayimbe (@elmayimbe) and I (LatinoReviewMFR) have been having fun with on Twitter, is that Henry Cavill's name isn't mentioned once in the entire article. Not once. And even Superman, the character, is mentioned twice in the whole piece, and two of those times are just referring to the title of the movie.
Batman vs Wonder Woman w/Special Appearance By That Angry Super Guy will be released on July 17, 2015.