This week Heroic Hollywood revealed that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice* was going to have more Batman than expected, perhaps added late in the game. I wasn't so sure about this - the script I know had a lot of Superman stuff, and the first half is very largely a Superman story.
Well, the script I know may not be in play anymore, as Zack Snyder confirmed HH's scoop in Variety:
"Because it’s a different Batman than the Batman that was in the Chris Nolan movies, ... we have a little bit more explaining to do and you just had a whole Superman movie,” he said. “But I think only in that way, because you need to understand where Batman is with everything. And that’s more toward the beginning, but it evens back out as it goes on.”
I've also heard that the ending of the script I knew has been changed; when the movie comes out I'll let you know if that's the case. It's a massive spoiler, so I don't want to reveal it yet.
I liked the balance in the first half of the script; it's a Superman story into which Batman arrives, and I'm not really sure why, seven films in, we need to explain anything about Batman. The script I know actually did a lot of that very elegantly, with minimal exposition - just stuff in the Batcave, the Jim Gordon memorial plaque, business like that. There's definitely Batman action in the first half as he investigates what's up in Metropolis, but my unscientific valuation had the script being Clark/Superman heavy. If that's changed...
Well, if that's changed it's just another example of Warner Bros being blazingly unable to figure out how to use this character. Or rather that they sort of don't like this character. It's a bummer, because while I thought the way Superman was used in the script I know wasn't perfect it definitely got way better as the pages went on. The script has Superman make some choices that I think are incredibly out of character (in the name of saving his mom) but by the finale, which may have been changed, he's truly heroic. To be fair that script was packed and I didn't know how it could all be accomplished in a two/two and a half hour runtime.
This has been the arc of Superman since Man of Steel underperformed and didn't come close to the needed billion dollar take - first he got Batman shoved into his sequel and now he's getting elbowed out of that movie. Here's hoping the best stuff from that script still stands, especially the Lois and Clark stuff.
* Superman's presence in the title subject to review.