Last Friday, the web lit up with rumours that the first instalment of Warner Bros’ Batman and Superman megaflick would be split into two parts. It all began with an image posted to Imgur, that suggested Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice would be divided into two separate movies. According to the poster, the screenshot in question was taken directly from the film’s teaser trailer – itself slated to land in front of The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending on February 6th. The shot hinted that we’d be first introduced to the comic book superheroes this October in Batman V Superman: Enter The Knight, before the second part – Dawn Of Justice – would land in March 2016.
The prospect of a double-part BvS movie was met with mixed reactions. A lengthy production schedule which commenced in 2013 did lend the rumour a certain amount of traction, but at the same time, wouldn’t Warner Bros.’ marketing efforts have been directed towards the first part? After all, if that screenshot was real then that meant we were in for a Batman V Superman movie in nine months without the release of any promo materials.
So, it should come as no surprise that no matter how hopeful many were that this outlandish reveal was gospel, Superman himself, Henry Cavill, has since shot down the rumours. Shortly after the news hit the web, Variety‘s film editor posted a Tweet in light of his conversation with Cavill. The star denied that the flick would be split in two and re-confirmed that it will be released in March 2016 under the subtitle Dawn Of Justice – in one part. The notion of a first entry arriving so soon did appear adventurous, and while studios are in the midst of shaking up their portfolios by crafting detailed cinematic universes, even this seemed like a stretch.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice arrives in cinemas on March 26th, 2016.