Zack Snyder Speaks On BATMAN/SUPERMAN Casting Backlash, 'Exploding' Mythologies And More
“We’re getting ready to start shooting in a month or so,” said Zack Synder when Hero Complex asked, today, for an update on his still-untitled Batman/Superman movie. “It’s going great. I’m very excited. It’s very fun to get into this world with different heroes coexisting in the same universe, but a lot of balls in the air as they say. As a fan, it’s an amazing opportunity. You know, Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together. So it’s an interesting historical thing. We were just testing the suits, right? The new Batsuit and the Superman suit. It wasn’t even with the actors, right? It was just to see ‘em. I was standing there, they were standing next to each other. And I was like, 'Guys, someone take a picture! This has never happened before.' We slightly dork out. Like, 'Are you kidding me?!'”
Teasing how he was recently testing the new Batsuit and Superman suit side-by-side, Batman Vs. Superman director says the film will explode both the Man of Steel's and Caped Crusader's universes!
When asked how surprised he was by the response to the casting of Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, and ultimately all the newcomers, Snyder says there are two ways of looking at it:
“We know the material; unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material,” he says. “So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint. I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let’s not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy! This guy’s the real deal. By the way, in looking at all the talk-back, you can get all different perspectives in there too. Some people are hating to hate. Some people — someone did some fan art. And you look underneath and someone wrote, 'I guess I can see it.' Honestly, are you kidding me? Just stop it! It’s reassuring and frustrating at the same time.”
When it was suggested that he wasn't servicing the fans, but rather the material, Zack Snyder says that's not the only thing fans should take into heart. “[The movie] literally takes the Man of Steel and Batman universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology. In Man of Steel, we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!” What do you think?
Starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, and Laurence Fishburne, the untitled Batman/Superman film is directed by Zack Snyder from a story by David S. Goyer and screenplay by Chris Terrio. The sequel is set for release May 6, 2016!
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