Zack Snyder Talks ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Script, Casting & Fan Reaction

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Zack Snyder has been making waves in the fanboy community for months. Whether it was casting Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, or Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, his decisions have been put under a microscope more powerful than even Superman’s X-ray vision.

While some might be shaken under the immense pressure, Snyder has kept his cool. In a recent interview, the director talked about fan reaction to some of his decisions, as well as his hopes for the highly-anticipated sequel.

Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Snyder acknowledged fanboy angst, but countered that “the fans don’t know the material” and if they could see the script they’d understand his rationale better.

“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.”

Talking about Eisenberg as Lex Luthor specifically, Snyder also commented on the actor’s sterling credentials, saying:

“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.”

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Not that he cares too much to defend his decisions. He’s too excited about bringing these iconic characters together on the big screen for the first time to worry much about Internet chatter.

“As a fan, it’s an amazing opportunity. You know, Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together.”

Snyder then went on to explain that his hope is to ‘explode’ the ‘Batman’ and ‘Superman’ universes and let the characters loose.

“[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 to — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!”

Admittedly, when you talk about exploding anything outside the realm of special effects, you’re going to make people nervous. But I don’t think that fans should read too much into Snyder’s comments here or assume that he’s reinventing Batman or Superman from the ground up.

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Remember that actor Harry Lennix read a famous passage from The Dark Knight Returns when the film was first announced at Comic-Con, and Snyder has acknowledged that Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novel has influenced “the history” of the film (whatever that means).

Snyder is simply saying that this film will be different than any Batman or Superman movie we’ve seen before. And in this case, different is probably a good thing. If DC and Warner Bros are going to compete on the same level as Marvel (which is building huge buzz for a film that features a raccoon as a main character), they’re going to have to take some chances.

Either way, you know there are going to be plenty of people in seats when the film premieres over two years from now.

What do you think of Snyder’s comments? Are you worried or do you trust him to take these characters in the right direction?


Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on May 6th, 2016.

Source: LA Times

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  1. When it arrives in 2016, everyone defending this movie will be demanding a refund.

    Or if they don’t read comics will probably love it no matter how bad it is

  2. Why oh why are there people defending this piece of garbage????????

    New 52 has already ruined Wonder Woman and it looks like Snyder and the casting of Batman loves Superman going to finish her off with Batfleck & Lex Eisenberg!


  3. This sequel to MOS already has too much working against it. Ben Affleck as Batman Gadot as Wonder Woman and Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Then we might have the Flash and Cyborg in it.

    The first movie was bad enough where Superman already did something so out of character he murdered the bad guy. Not to mention his dad doing the tired Ben Kenobi thing. DC is trying too hard to model the MOS sequel after Thor it’s really getting sickening.

    But of course when we “fan boys” object to all the stupid changes to stuff we grew up with, you Synder and Nolan worshippers go apes–t.

    You people are nothing but sheep.

    • I know I’m beating a dead horse, but killing as a last resort isn’t out of character for Supes.
      And I know the arguments, there were ways to avoid that situation, but once they were there, it is conceivable that a young Superman may feel that his hands were tied.
      The point was to set up WHY Superman doesn’t kill from now on. Let’s just take it as it is, a defining moment in Superman’s life. Batman killed at least one person every movie and no one said anything. I just think it’s weird.

  4. The problem with this movie is it’s based on the New 52 which sucks royally! See, some people that watch these super hero movies have never bothered to read the comics. They think the comics were meant for babies where the 80′s comics had stuff that would NEVER be allowed to be put on screen!

    I never read much Superman or Batman, Spiderman was my personal obsession. The 80′s Spidey rocked! He was always getting laid, one villian mutated into a spider and committed suicide by attacking a swat team screaming, “Yes! Kill me!” Another story he beat a baddie nearly to death, he was once buried alive, he murdered Wolverine’s girlfriend by accident,….the list goes on and on.

    I think today’s generation just doesn’t know what’s good anymore or they’d be pissed how good theater is being taken away from them.

    I look at the casting for this movie and the stupid remakes and reboots and think Hollywood just isn’t trying anymore.

    Shoot! First Peter Parker gets killed, and now this, where will it end?

    • I agree with you on those points. They rebooted with an emphasis on bringing everything up to a more reasonable time line. When they rebooted JLA the first five issues recounted their first getting together as the JL which occurred supposedly five years prior to the present day. Instead of having the JLA getting together in the early 60′s. It makes sense, and it allows them to tell more different stories while keeping some of the events that happened before still in the present history, like one of the best story lines I had every read, Blackest Night.
      So, the new 52 is Ok. Some titles unfortunately didn’t work, like Blackhawks, which I was disappointed in, but not everything can be great.
      MOS is a great testament to what DC is doing.

    • Batman v Superman will not suck, it will make a cinematic history!!!

  5. Killing Peter Parker was almost as dumb as this movie. At least Dan Slott was able to fix what he did wrong. If this movie bombs, and yes it will, WB and DC gotta worry about what they will do with Gad awful Gadot now that they were stupid enough to sign her up for three new WW films!

    OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I hate to get drawn into this debate stuff instead of just commenting on things, but, how will you feel about yourself in the case that the movie is incredibly good? Will you just concede that it was good or will you just try to find every little thing wrong with it to save face and try to prove a ridiculous point?

  6. I say we give Snyder a chance to take this story wherever he wants to go with it,with whatever cast he wants to do it with. It’s not like the guy has cast anyone who cant act so far. In fact he’s managed to pull in an ensemble cast that most Hollywood productions would be jealous of. For crying out loud the guy gave us the best iteration of Superman ever brought to the screen.

    • I’ll agree with that statement. I believe that MOS is the best rendition of the character on film so far to date. I have been reading comics for a while, and I like both major companies, but I’m pretty much of a DC fan. I’ve seen the Christopher Reeves version, and for its time, it was pretty advanced and took its stories from the older comics, which I have gone back and read. But, Man of Steel, done in the Snyder fashion is incredible and grounded. Making it not as far fetched as the earlier movies and shows.
      And in agreeing with another comment by “Watcher” it’s beyond me why everyone is rattling his cage. It’s not fair. Imagine a director trying to make a movie to fit every single fans needs and wants. It’s impossible. All any director can do is to film it with the vision he has of it. He’s not going to please everyone. And I for one think he did his best work on Watchmen.
      Give him the chance.
      I think people just want to be negative about it and say things out their butt to keep people talking.

      • @faustus01
        You’re legit.

  7. Oh please…..

    MOS was a disaster and now he’s going to ruin Superman with this awful sequel.

    Snyder’s making what HE wants, not what the public wants.

  8. “As a fan, it’s an amazing opportunity. You know, Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together.”

    a real fan would not let this piece be garbage and know its a big responsibility to listen to the real fans of the comics and cast people who are believable and look the part for the roles of the superhero’s

    Zack is blinded by greatness having been handed such a big movie that he has no clue how he can pull it of which leads to to ask advice from the people around him and that is what will ruin this movie.