Director Zack Snyder confirmed what many suspected: His upcoming blockbuster, Batman v Superman will heavily focus on Batman, played by actor/director Ben Affleck.
Snyder doesn’t mince words when it comes to Batman v Superman, and during an interview with the Daily Beast, he promised the film will be better than anything Marvel has released in recent years. While we are not too surprised about the Batman news, most were not expecting Snyder to come out swinging at his arch enemies at Marvel so early.
The comments are not unwelcome, as DC Entertainment is playing catch up to Marvel’s huge success, with the second of many superhero films they have planned between now and 2020. While the Batman v Superman director didn’t disagree with colleague Steven Spielberg, who recently suggested superhero films will run their course soon, he clearly took a shot a Marvel with this “innocent” comment.
“It goes to the mythological nature of the movies that we’re making. I feel like he’s right, but I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman. They’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man — not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”
Snyder also addressed the role Affleck’s Batman will have in the DC Universe starting when Batman v Superman finally hits theaters on March 25, 2016, and why we will see more of his Dark Knight than we will the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill).
“Only in that because it’s a different Batman than the Batman that was in the Chris Nolan movies, so we have a little bit more explaining to do — and you just had a whole Superman movie, but I think only in that way, because you need to understand where Batman is with everything. And that’s more toward the beginning, but it evens back out as it goes on”
It makes sense, doesn’t it? Batman v Superman viewers need to understand where Batman is coming from, just as we learned about this new Superman and his conflicted personality in Man of Steel. Superman fans may not like it, but it seems Warner Bros. executives really approved of what they saw in Affleck’s performance, and he will star in upcoming standalone films.
So what can we expect when the interminable wait to see Batman v Superman ends next March? Snyder gave us some hints.
“What we went after was the humanity of each character. We tried to say, ‘What would Batman have to do to unravel Superman, and what would Superman have to do to unravel Batman?’ Their conflict is based on each others’ understanding of the other’s weakness. The fun of that is when you’re dealing with these mythological creatures — to make them human again, bring them back to earth. And to do that you have to know the rules before you can break them. They have to go all the way to the stratosphere before you can bring them back down.”
Are you looking forward to seeing Batman v Superman now?
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