A Kryptonian whose parents sent him to Earth as an infant to escape the destruction of his homeworld Krypton. He now serves as the protector of Metropolis and works at the Daily Planet under the alias Clark Kent, after the events of Man of Steel.
A billionaire turned crime fighter for Gotham City. This is Affleck's second outing as a comic book superhero, the first being Daredevil in the 2003 film of the same name.Josh Brolin had been in discussions for the role prior to Affleck's casting. Director Zack Snyder remarked on the casting, "Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne." Affleck was initially reluctant to accept the part, saying, "I felt I didn't fit the traditional mold. But once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris[topher Nolan] and Christian [Bale] made, but still in keeping with tradition, I was excited."
Snyder called Luthor a "complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman" and "having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions".
"... after Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman... You're in a story meeting talking about, like, who should [Superman] fight if he fought this giant alien threat Zod who was basically his equal physically, from his planet, fighting on our turf... You know, who to fight next?... But I'm not gonna say at all that when I took the job to do Man of Steel that I did it in a subversive way to get to Batman. I really believe that only after contemplating who could face [Superman] did Batman come into the picture."
In June 2013, it was announced that director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer would both be returning for a Man of Steel sequel, which was being fast tracked by Warner Bros. Goyer had previously signed a three-film deal, which includes Man of Steel, its sequel, and a Justice League film featuring Superman. Composer Hans Zimmer is set to return to score the sequel. The studio was considering a 2014 release for the film. In July 2013, Zack Snyder confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con International that the sequel to Man of Steel, now set for release in 2015, would feature Superman and Batman meeting for the first time in a cinematic format. Goyer and Snyder would co-write the story, with Goyer writing the script. Cavill, Adams, Lane, and Fishburne would also reprise their roles from Man of Steel. Snyder stated that the film would take inspiration from the comic The Dark Knight Returns. However, in November 2013, Snyder clarified that the film would not be based on the graphic novel. "If you were going to do that, you would need a different Superman. We’re bringing Batman into the universe that now this Superman lives in."
The production will film in Toronto, Ontario, rather than Vancouver as Man of Steel did. The film was delayed from its original July 17, 2015 release date, and moved to May 6, 2016, in order to give the filmmakers "time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story". In December 2013, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Chris Terrio (Argo) was hired to rewrite the script, due to Goyer's commitments in other projects.
In September 2013, Larry Fong joined the crew as cinematographer after previously having worked with Zack Snyder in 300, Watchmen, and Sucker Punch. Initial filming commenced on October 19, 2013, at East Los Angeles College to shoot an American football game between Gotham City University and rival Metropolis State University. At the end of the month, construction began on the Kent farm seen in Man of Steel for the film. In March 2014, the Illinois Film Office revealed that additional filming will take place in the Yorkville, Illinois area in late 2014. The principal photography involving the main cast of the film began on May 19, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan, with scenes featuring Gal Gadot being filmed early on May 16. Additional filming locations include the Michigan Motion Picture Studios, Africa, and the South Pacific.
In March 2014, costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed that he finished designing the costumes for Batman and Wonder Woman. He also stated that Superman's suit would not look exactly like the one seen in Man of Steel and would be slightly tweaked, as he wanted to "make sure, again, that it's updated and feels fresh and right for this installment of Zack Snyder's comic-book universe." The Batsuit featured in the film is influenced by the one seen in Frank Miller's 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.
On April 27, 2014, it was announced that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be followed by a Justice League film with Zack Snyder directing. Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher are expected to reprise their roles. It will be shot back-to-back with Dawn of Justice.