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Could they really split 'Batman v Superman' into two movies?

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Of course they could. They could split Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice into three movies if they wanted to. Movie-splitting is practically standard operating procedure now. Peter Jackson had this brilliant idea to start releasing a bunch of DVD extras into movie theaters, and now those DVD extras are probably going to gross one billion dollars. Lionsgate just released an entire Hunger Games movie where Katniss Everdeen paces pensively through corridors and promises to do really cool stuff in a year, and The Hunger Games—Mockingjay, Part Zero might wind up beating Guardians of the Galaxy at the domestic box office. Why not make one movie into two movies? Who turns down free money?

So now there’s a rumor spreading that 2016’s Batman v Superman might actually be two different movies. The source for this rumor is an extremely-suspicious-looking photo that popped up on the Internet, putatively from a teaser trailer, which claims that Batman v Superman: Enter the Knight will be released on October 23, 2015, followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25 of next year. This seems unlikely. Enter the Knight? Come on. Clearly the title would have to be Batman v Superman: Before Knightfall, or maybe Batman v Superman: Shanghai Knights.

When contacted by EW, Warner Bros. did not comment on the rumors about the movie-splitting, possibly because it’s not true, possibly because it is true, and possibly because Warner Bros. already announced like a million movies from now until 2020, so even the studio has lost track of what is and isn’t being made. In the “no way is it happening camp”: As Batman-News.com discovered, Warner Bros. doesn’t own the domain name BatmanvSupermanEnterTheKnight.com.

In the “well, who knows, maybe it is happening” camp: Batman v. Superman supposedly features Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, Lex Luthor, Alfred Pennyworth, Lois Lane, maybe a female Robin and probably at least one scene where Jared Leto shows up as the Joker, all of them shot in slow motion probably. Releasing a surprise Batman v Superman movie in late 2015 would also be a nice way for Warner Bros. to grab the ball back from Marvel. Releasing a superhero movie the week before Halloween is weird, I guess? But superhero movies are getting released all the time now?

So there probably aren’t two Batman v Superman movies. But there will be two Justice League movies and two Avengers 3 movies. So the future is pretty weird, turns out.

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Thoughts on Batman v. Superman: Knight of the Hunter? Email me at darren_franich@ew.com

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