With multiple films set to be released in the DC Comics Universe in the coming years, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, some of the focus has been the difference between DC Entertainment and its longtime rival Marvel Studios. Although most fans see themselves on one side or the other in the apparent competition between the two companies, the people at DC don’t see it that way.
In fact, in a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice producer Deborah Snyder revealed that she isn’t worried about how Marvel makes their movies.
“I can see how people would want to make it this big, intense rivalry. Listen, they are also great. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Although she enjoys watching Marvel’s films, she went on to state that there is a clear difference with what DC is doing.
“Our films are a bit more serious. They deal with things that are a little darker. Things that place them in our world.”
Meanwhile, her husband and director of the film, Zack Snyder, added that the main difference between DC and Marvel is tone.
“Right from the beginning it is different tonally from where those movies are,” Snyder stated. “You know, DC is an ancient world in a lot of ways.”
The new Batman v Superman movie follows what has been a successful run for the Batman series. With that in mind, Snyder credited Christopher Nolan’s Batman films as setting the standard for what DC has become known for.
“We live in gratitude to those movies,” he explained. “Chris set a tone for the DC Universe, and separated us from Marvel in a great way. We are the legacy of those movies.”
One way Nolan’s influence will be seen in the coming movies surrounds the iconic Batmobile. In the same interview, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos talked about the moment he showed Snyder his idea for Batman’s new ride.
“[Truly] an emotional process – it’s about what feels right. I showed Zack and Zack said, ‘Cool.’ Sometimes it just clicks. He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he’s driving a tank that is very sexy looking. Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car. There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not – boom! – coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged.”
Catch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when it hits theaters on March 25, 2016.
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