Over the last few weeks, the folks surrounding J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII and Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, two of most anticipated movies of the next few years, have been engaging in a good-natured mash-up battle. The two sides have been tweeting back and forth, sending pictures like the one of Man of Steel‘s Henry Cavill dressed in a Jedi robe with the hashtag #SuperJedi, or Episode VII star John Boyega wearing a Batman costume with the hashtag #BOYEGAMAN (which is not nearly as clever). The last salvo was a photo of Batman and R2-D2 wandering in the desert with the hashtag #Batman & R2BIN. It’s a fantastic image, and now Bad Robot has responded.
And the picture they came up with is pretty damn awesome. It shows C-3PO, wearing a black cape, squatting in the shadows on the top of a building in the manner we’ve come recognize as very Batman-ian. In the distance, shining in the night sky like the Batsignal, is the Rebel insignia. Tagged at “The C3PED CRUSADER” this has become a fun way for fans to pass the time until the two highly anticipated, highly secretive movies actually open.
From this good-natured jabbing, you’d assume that these two movies are going to be in direct box office competition, but that’s not really the situation. Episode VII opens first on December 18, 2015, while Dawn of Justice recently moved to a March 26, 2016 in order to get away from Marvel’s Captain America 3—both films were originally scheduled to hit theaters on May 6, 2016, but Warner Bros. blinked first and changed their release.
Episode VII is currently filming in London’s Pinewood Studios, with a quick aside for a shoot on a picturesque island off of the coast of Ireland. Aside from the members of the cast, we don’t really know all that much about what the story will look like in the end. There has, however, been a swirling whirlwind of rumors and hearsay surrounding the production. We recently heard rumors that a professional wrestler could play Darth Vader (?), that Luke Skywalker hasn’t been heard of since the Battle of Endor at the end of Return of the Jedi, and that Boyega may be an AWOL stormtrooper traipsing around the galaxy.
Who knows if any of these things will actually come to pass, but it’s been fun to wildly speculate about. And you know that, over the next 16 months, until we finally lay eyes on the movie, this is only going to continue.