The release of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice - Cross Fire: An Original Companion Novel got me wondering.

Will there be a novelisation for 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' and if so, who'll be writing it and when will it be released?

  • I hope not... The poor trees! – Paul Sep 15 '16 at 13:48
  • @Paul - Trees? How very 1997 of you... – Valorum Sep 15 '16 at 15:36
  • I'm well aware of ebooks, I've just never seen a movie novelization that didn't also come in the dead tree format. – Paul Sep 15 '16 at 17:37
  • @Paul - I wouldn't know. I haven't set foot in a bookstore in a decade. – Valorum Sep 15 '16 at 18:15
  • They have pretty good coffee, you just have to dodge all the racks of stuff to get to it. – Paul Sep 15 '16 at 18:41

If there are plans, no details have been released — not even the author of the companion novel knows.

As you have noted, there is an official companion novel to the film, the excellent Batman v Superman: Cross Fire by Michael Kogge.

Since there seem to be absolutely no details on the web regarding a novelization of the film, I asked Kogge if he knew anything. From my email to him:

Some of us were wondering if there is going to be an official novelization of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Will there be one, and will you be writing it? (I noticed you wrote the awesome Cross Fire companion novel for the movie.)

His response:

Thanks for the kind words about Cross Fire! As for a novelization, I'm not writing it. Sorry!


I take this to mean that he hasn't been told of a novelization (given the wording of my question to him) — or if he has, he can't tell me.

It is odd for a novelization for a film like this to not be released simultaneously with the film. However, note that the release date of BvS had changed at least twice, which may have affected the plans for releasing a novelization.


I also asked Greg Cox, who wrote the official novelization for the first DCU film, Man of Steel. He said:

Thanks for your note. Alas, I was never approached about writing a novelization of BATMAN V SUPERMAN, and, as far as I can tell, there doesn't seem to be a novelization of that movie. Don't know what the story is there. Maybe they just decided not to do a novelization this time around?

Too bad. I would've had fun writing that.

This really casts doubt on an official novelization for the film.

  • +1 for asking Kogge. Now I need to try to get a straight answer from DC :-) – Valorum Apr 15 '16 at 7:00
  • @Richard : See update. – Praxis Apr 17 '16 at 4:02
  • @Richard How will you answer these questions? You'll have to watch the movie over and over! – user31178 Apr 17 '16 at 4:07
  • @Praxis - B*stards. I was looking forward to that one. – Valorum Apr 17 '16 at 7:17
  • @Richard : It would have been interesting to see a written description of Bruce's vision (the Darkseid preview). There are also many plot points and character motivations in this particular film that could use the touch of a committed novelist. :-) – Praxis Apr 17 '16 at 12:59

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