Batman vs. Superman (2004 film)

Directed by

Wolfgang Petersen

Screenplay by

Akiva Goldsman

Story by

Andrew Kevin Walker

Based on

Bill Finger (creator of Batman)
Bob Kane (creator of Batman)
Jerry Siegel (creator of Superman)
Joe Shuster (creator of Superman)


Warner Bros. Pictures

Distributed by

Warner Bros. Pictures

Running time

122 minutes




$120 million


Batman vs. Superman is 2004 superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. It was directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and written by Akiva Goldsman with a story by Andrew Kevin Walker.



  • Bruce Wayne/Batman (Colin Farrell)
  • Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman (Jude Law)
  • Lex Luthor (John Malkovich)
  • Alfred Pennyworth (Ben Kingsley)


Although it was widely reported that McG had become attached to Attanasio's script, in February 2002, J. J. Abrams was hired to write a new screenplay. It would ignore "The Death of Superman" storyline, and instead, it would reboot the film series with an origin story, going under the title of Superman: Flyby. The project had gone as far as being greenlit, but McG dropped out in favor of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. The studio approached Wolfgang Petersen to direct Abrams' script; however, in August 2001, Andrew Kevin Walker pitched Warner Bros. an idea titled Batman vs. Superman, attaching Petersen as director. Abrams' script was put on hold, while Akiva Goldsman was hired to rewrite Walker's draft which was codenamed Asylum.

Filming was to start in early 2003, with plans for a five to six month shoot. The release date was set for the summer of 2004. However, Warner Bros. canceled development to focus on individual Superman and Batman projects after Abrams submitted another draft for Superman: Flyby. According to Petersen "[Warner Bros.' chief] Alan Horn was so torn, because it’s such a fascinating concept to do a Batman versus Superman film." Petersen still has expressed interest in directing Batman vs. Superman sometime in the future (with Bale as Batman), as has Bryan Singer. In the opening scene of I Am Legend, a large banner displays the Superman symbol within the Batman symbol in Times Square. It is meant as an in-joke by writer Akiva Goldsman, who wrote scripts for Batman vs. Superman and I Am Legend.



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