Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill Weigh in on Being Superhero Rivals in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

The Stakes Are Raised in New ‘Batman v Superman’ Trailer
DC teases more glimpses of the superhero standoff in the new trailer.

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s the biggest movie of the year!

This month, Warner Bros. will release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, setting in motion the DC Extended Universe and they plan leave a lasting impression on fans and newcomers alike. The film pits the aging Dark Knight against the morally conflicted Man of Steel, with the charming, amoral fiend Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) scheming between them.

Ben Affleck Is Batman on the New Cover of 'EW'
CREDIT: Clay Enos

Today, Entertainment Weekly released their dual covers for the hotly-anticipated film, along with exclusive interviews with both Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Although the movie will boast no shortage of dazzling spectacle, the dual leads seriously examined what drives the titular heroes and how they come to be at odds.

“He’s projecting his own sense of failure, his own sense of disillusionment, his own cynicism onto Superman,” Affleck told Entertainment Weekly of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Similarly, Superman has serious doubts about his contribution to human society; whether he’s helping or compounding the problems of mere mortals.

“[Superman’s] weakness is that he doesn’t want to hurt anyone,” said Cavill. “He doesn’t want to scare anyone, and in that you can take advantage of him. This is someone who is a complete amateur, and he’s facing up against someone who is very well versed in the arts of war.”

Henry Cavill Is Superman on the Newest Edition of 'EW'
CREDIT: Clay Enos

Without giving anything away, Luthor is bent on forcing Batman to square off against the alien from Krypton, and creates a tragic event to ensure that it happens. The movie isn’t just looking to kickstart a franchise for Wonder Woman and the Justice League, it’s planning to examine the folly of hero-worship and suggest that shouldering the woes of society is a serious burden, even if you can fly.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice crashes into theaters on March 25, 2016.