The first image of Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman in the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film was released on Thursday. The photo, in which Superman appears to be standing in a very gloomy-looking Gotham City, accompanied an interview with director Zack Snyder on USA

Snyder revealed to the website that getting Batman into the highly anticipated 2016 Man of Steel sequel wasn't a priority at first, but it became clear that the character fit in the way the story came together.

"I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie," Snyder said, "but on the other hand, it seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in."

Snyder also made a point to let fans know that a big showdown between the two heroes the film is named for probably isn't going to happen. The director said that using a "v" in the film's title instead of a "vs" will help "to keep it from being a straight 'versus' movie, even in the most subtle way."

Snyder also gave updates on actress Gal Gadot, who will play Wonder Woman in the film.

"She's working out and getting buff and ripped," he said.

Two months ago the director shared the first images of the Batmobile along with Ben Affleck as Batman. Since then, Gadot was cast in the film, Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor and rumors began to swirl that Jason Momoa would play Aquaman.

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016 and will set up the inevitable "Justice League" film, which Snyder will also direct.

"You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it's Batman and Superman, let's just be honest," Snyder told USA Today. "I don't know how you get bigger than that."