"You don't owe this world anything...except half a billion dollars."
Superhero/comic book movies are an expensive endeavor. Securing top-level talent both in front of and behind the camera, shutting down entire city blocks to film, and the CGI!! Oh, the CGI. The point is, it's no small wonder that the average Marvel film costs around 140 million dollars to make these days.
But with Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, rumor has it that Warner Bros. and DC Comics have quite literally outdone themselves, shattering the previous record for the highest budgeted movie ever made.
According to a recent report published by The Latino Review (an understandably sketchy source, I know), the budget for Dawn of Justice should come in at around a whopping $410 million dollars when all is said and done. You read that correctly: 410. MILLION.
"A number of factors may have contributed to the exorbitant cost of production (assuming this report is accurate), including the decision to bring in bigger name actors such as Ben Affleck, the increased cost of practical effects, and the extension of the film's shooting schedule," writes Screen Rant while looking over the numbers.
"While Man of Steel may have been an expensive movie to make, bringing in characters like Batman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor call for an escalation of the set-pieces - meaning costs will inevitably go up, too."
If accurate, that means Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice would not only surpass this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron ($279.9 million) as the most expensive superhero movie ever made, but would also cost some $32 million MORE than Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the previous record holder.
The lesson here? Don't place a colon in the middle of your movie title unless you want it to go WAY over budget. Unless it's actually written out as "colon" -- that and that alone is how the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie was able to be produced on the cheap.