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. I’m looking forward to a fresh take on these characters and can’t wait for the epicness of having Supes and Bats on screen together!

    • I am so with you on that. Cant wait for some previews to come out and trailers to show people how epic it will be. Snyder knows what he’s doing

      • synders only hit movie by himself was 300..he had help making MOS from nolan even with nolan writing the script he scratched it in half thats why the movie had so many holes.

    • I know right

  2. I wonder how long until we start seeing the new costumes.

    • Not long, before May, if I had to guess.

  3. I don’t know why people keep doubting Zack Snyder’s talent or fandom.

    Watchmen was a work of love if you’ve read the book. The biggest criticism is that he may have stuck too close to the original content for the movie to have a life of its own.

    Everything he’s done in the mast makes me excited for Batman vs. Superman.

    • I agree. The fact that Snyder is the director gets me excited about the unknown.

    • Name me another comic book movie where people whine about it being TOO much like the source material. Say what you will about Snyder as a filmmaker, but the man is a fan.

      • +1

  4. CAN’T WAIT! Its gonna be amazing!

  5. It’s gonna be at the very least good. I’m not worried.

  6. I can’t wait for this film!!!

  7. So he comes up with these obnoxious casting choices, and says he is going to “explode” the universe? However he is not “reinventing” the characters, and we shouldn’t read too much into he comments? Urgh..

  8. Can’t be any worse than MOS, can it?

    • In my honest opinion Man of Steel was great

      • Not even an opinion. It was objectively great.

        • It was not that great. To be obnoxious I will state this as fact and not opinion.

          • Man of Steel was pretty awesome

            • Would you agree with my opinion that is should have been two movies instead of a very very long one.

              • Actually, I could get behind it being split into two

              • Not at all. It was great. Theres no need for it to have been split into two movies. Is 2 and half hours too long for you or you need a 30 minute tv-ish episode to hold your attention?

          • That is too cute.

            • Don’t mock the bromance that transpires between two Josh’s

  9. what!? not out until 2016!?? I CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG! You are killing me smalls!

  10. Snyder is the MAN! This film is Going to be AMAZING!!

  11. Yep, m0r0ns will still complain regardless.

    I can’t wait though, this movie sounds great already and we only know a few casting choices.

    • I guess people don’t have right to voice opinions without people calling them morons.

  12. Snyder’s first comment is exactly why I have faith in him, the guy is just cool and loves what he does I can’t wait for this film.

  13. question : where on Earth did Batman find a piece of Kryptonite to use against Supes ?

    If I recall correctly, in MOS there wasn’t a piece/fragment left. Not even on General Zod’s ship. Or did Zod’s men found it while stuck on the Negative Zone ?

    Help me out guys/girls. This one really stumped me.

    • It doesn’t exist in Man of Steel you know that right?

      • Well then Batman can’t fight Supes just with his fists or kicks. He’ll break his bones. It’ll be a 2 second fight.

        • Whilst Kryptonite doesn’t exist, Superman was shown to be weak in a Kryptonian atmosphere which was generated by The World engine. Batman might be able to make an atmosphere generator (in a small radius) that weakens Superman similar to the sonic boom machine he used in Justice League: War.

          Also, bullets knocked Superman around in Man of Steel and I’m sure Batman has some firepower in his batmobile, batplane, and other things.

          Batman can also take advantage of Superman’s aversion to killing which will be established in the sequel from the aftermath of killing General Zod.


          Batman could also take advantage of Superman’s super senses by overloading them with high frequencies and other things.

          Batman could also use Wonder Woman to fight Superman depending on how strong they make her

          Kryptonite isn’t the only thing that can hurt Superman

          • @ Joshua,

            a) atmosphere generator might knocked the wind outta Supes but won’t seriously injured him. Plus he can use his freeze breath or heat vision to destroy the generator from a safe distance.
            b) a bullet knocked out Superman ? seriously? unless its made from a Kryptonite fragment i’ll buy that theory.
            c) using high frequencies weapons might stun Supes momentarily, but again it won’t seriously injured Supes.
            d) fighting with WW ? Skinny Gal only have a cameo in BvS. so she won’t have much screen time.

            sorry for the long rant.

            • “a bullet knocked out Superman ? seriously? unless its made from a Kryptonite fragment i’ll buy that theory.”

              A high caliber one yes. In MoS it was shown when the planes attacked. The only one who didn’t take the bullet was Faora. Big guy was taken out of equation for less time than Superman, yes for dramatic saving the guy from Faora its a movie but we’re talking about part 2 of the same movie.

              And again and again i’ll repeat. Who said that kryptonite wasn’t formed while WE was working or that someone smart couldn’t recreate it after studying all the tiny pieces of kryptonian atmosphere that didn’t just disappear after the blast(some on the rocks, some on the WE itself, and if the guy is quick to act than some in the air).

              • Almost forgot. Kryptonite in pieces from Krypton. Yes, remember when Zod’s ship teleported he sucked some of the matter nearby. so yes, plenty of moves to have kryptonite.

                • That’s 1 possibility.

                  • The others are in previous post.

        • You think it will take 2 seconds? lol

      • It didn’t exist in Man of Steel but that doesn’t mean it won’t exist in future films. I’m not 100% on what Kryptonite is, I believe it is pieces of Krypton that has been radiated by yellow sunlight or something. If that is right then it’s not hard to believe Kryptonite can be found on Earth after Zod arrived and the World Engine changed some of the Earth. If I’m wrong then forget I said anything… I’ll google it later…

        • That would be a brilliant way to introduce kryptonite, the world engines as they were terraforming the earth could literally have changed rock/earth matter into kryptonite. Lex and/or Bruce could easily have found this while assisting in the aftermath clean up inside the craters left behind.

    • My guess is the film will have to address what Bruce Wayne/Batman was up to during Zod’s invasion of earth. They cannot start it with the assumption that he was eating cake in the bat cave while the world was being destroyed.

      I think we will see that during that time he was on a quest with a theory on how to overcome these super humans.

      We know that Kryptonians had been to earth prior so Kryptonite will likely exist somewhere. Or they may have something we have not considered.

      I think we will see it all come out in some backstory of what Wayne did during events of the last movie.

  14. we’ll all go see it anyway.

  15. I’ll wait till after I see the film to voice how great the film will be. MOS was overhyped for a Superman film imo.

    • I can’t even look at Marvel movies the same as I used to Man of Steel was on such a epic scale that it blew me away, I can’ tell you how much I love the movie.

      • Not trying to bag on you guy, but am I the only person who believes it’s possible to enjoy the movies from both Marvel and DC? I understand that there’s a natural inclination to make comparisons or choose sides. It’s like choosing between Mercedes Benz and BMW, they both produce beautiful luxury cars and while one brand might resonate with you more than the other, but you’d be lucky to own either brand. We’ve waited a long time to see our childhood heroes come to life on the big screen and now we’re getting it in abundance. Instead of constantly tearing one down while showing our love for the other, sit back enjoy and the ride, because it probably wont last forever.

        • I am not into DC nor do I despise Marvel when it comes to a classic comparison between graphic novels, but all Marvel/Disney has done to their recent films is impulse pathetic comedic attempts into comic book films that is supposed to build a deep, yet broad universe instead of a careless/joke-overload that is the Marvel Universe. Avengers was praised merely for being the first super hero team-up film that has built all these characters under one universe; take all that away, and all you have is a moronic film that is equivalent to mediocrity as it ever will be. Iron Man 3 was a sole joke and Thor:TDW was as boring than watching a nine-hour film of an elder person sleeping, and I guarantee you that Guardians will be a complete parody of the Star Wars franchise.

          Marvel may have built a cinematic universe, but it does not mean that every film of said movies are fantastic merely for such reason (which blinds many of these fanboys).

        • Thank you for writing that! It literally bugs the crap out of me reading DC fans bashing news on anything Marvel or Avengers related (and visa versa with DC news). I’m more of a Marvel/Avengers fanboy, but I can’t explain how stoked I am to see this movie. As everything has stated it’s the first…THE FIRST…time to see both iconic DC characters together in a film duking it out!

          So yeah, instead of me ranting about “oh well, there will have already been two outstanding Avengers and Marvel has expanded the universe into space with GOTG (and Asgard technically) and more moviegoers have a bigger desire for Marvel, fanboys and everyone else, than DC films cause Green Lantern sucked (which I still enjoyed)”, I’m simply going to say “People have loved the Avengers and their characters since the first Iron Man and will henceforth knock out records at the box office to see those films! And People have seen the more recent superb Dark Knight series and MoS, understanding and loving the darker, grittier, DIFFERENT tone of these films and will eventually knock out records at the box office on those films as well!” Everyone wins.

        • marvel movies r too cartoonish.. dc comic movies r more down to earth realilistic..the darkknight trilogy.M.O.S.

          • Being lighter and or more comedic, does not necessarily mean, a movie is cartoonish. Just like being dark and gritty doesn’t mean it’s realistic. Real life is actually somewhere in the middle.

            And have you forgotten about a little movie called The Green Lantern? It had as much if not more comedy as any Marvel movie to date.

            I really wish people would stop using the Dark Knight Trilogy as an example of what to expect from DC/WB movies. The Dark Knight Trilogy does not exist in reality as the current DC comic universe. They are rebooting Batman and Nolan is no longer involved. So people should stop falling back on the trilogy as proof of what DC/WB comic movies are, those weren’t DC comic movies, those were Nolan comic movies. I enjoyed the MOS, but my one complaint was that at times it felt like I was watching a Dark Knight movie. On one hand that’s fine, because I loved the DK trilogy, but on the other have, Superman deserves his own feel and vide. I hope DC/WB hasn’t gotten stuck in the mode that all of our heroes must be dark and gritty, because they’re not. Superman and Batman are opposites and should be presented as so.

            So far we have two DC/WB movie without Nolan’s involvement, Green Lantern and MOS, I’d say, they’re batting .500. I would also contend that Captain America: WS looks like it will be as grounded as anything we have seen from DC/WB. Either way, it’s looking like the next few years will be great for comic movie fans.

            • +100 Completely agree!

            • nolan changed the way comic superhero movies should be..why do u think they brought in nolan as producer to MOS to bring some human reality in it..of course they decide to cast batman in the movie? its still fresh in peoples minds from the darknight movies.. people wont accept the change.i would have accepted another actor to play batman other than affleck..nolan auditioned 4 actors to play batman including brolin..but WB went for ben..

  16. I fell asleep on MOS, Snyder sucks, and the casting of Batman, Wonder woman, and LL make me want to barf. That said – I’ll see this film two to three times opening weekend.

    • I love and hate this comment so much at the same time

    • Agree 100%

    • I disagree with your sentiment, but love the fact that you keep it honest. People act so extreme, like you either have to love everything about a movie, or put a hit out on Zack Snyder.

  17. MOS was good but wasn’t perfect.

    • By no means was it perfect but I still loved it

  18. Man of steel was good but missed the mark on not setting up batman for second film and
    here are reasons to avoid jumping on this movie’s bandwagon too fast ( or any comic movie for
    that matter until its seen)
    1. The film was delayed because avengers 2 was going to kick its arse pure and simple.
    2. Star wars was going to whip its arse so warners was getting a double-beating.
    3. Warners like other studios are kicking back and watching marvel movies to see what to do next.
    4. Playing a game of chicken with an unannounced marvel movie in may 2016 is very juevinile.
    5. 175 million to 180 million is about what this film should expect on opening weekend which
    Would still be excellent numbers. (Hint for warners to minimize their expectations)

    • @rod22. Wow that was a low blow and rude. You speak as if all the Marvel movies are some epic masterpieces. Yes the Avengers was a good film but no one knows if the sequel will be good or star wars for that matter. Man of Steel was not a perfect film as is no film in this world in this world is perfect, even the Avengers was flawed, however Man of Steel laid a strong foundation on which to build. Batman and Lex Luthor were hinted at in Man of Steel. What does Warner Bros have to fear? Warner Bros grossed the most money in 2013 and walked away with the most oscars.

    • Maybe Warner Bros. did delay their movie because of the other big movies coming out next year, but so what? What’s wrong with trying to give your movie (which is also a very expensive one) it’s best possible chance to succeed? A lot of these things that I’m hearing about this film may seem like negative things, but I see them as positive. There’s nothing wrong with seeing what your competition is going to do. There’s nothing wrong with being calculative before you make your move. And by delaying the movie, they’re taking the extra time to make sure that they can produce the best product possible. I think all of this is a good thing, and I suspect Warner Bros. knows more about the future of their DC Cinematic Universe than they’re letting us believe. I think that they are letting us say what we want and think what we want and they’re going to let their movie do the talking for them. Everything that Zack Snyder is saying sounds positive to me. It could fail, absolutely. But it could also succeed, and everything that we’re hearing about the movie should keep us hopeful that this movie will be worth the wait. But, we won’t know for sure until the movie is released May 6th, 2016.

    • Also, I really don’t think Warner Bros. should lower their expectations. If anything, I think that they will be surprised by how much money this movie is going to make opening weekend. As of right now, there is no movie in Hollywood that is as anticipated or talked about that will be out in 2016, over two years away! We’re talking about this movie TWO YEARS from now. I think you’re underestimating the power of these heroes. It’s BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN. These are the most iconic superheroes that have been around for decades, and loved by millions upon millions of people. They are the oldest, and what inspired all of the other heroes that we know today. So, get your head out of your ass and PAY ATTENTION.

    • @rod22 “The film was delayed because avengers 2 was going to kick its arse pure and simple”?? So what, does it matter? Both films are going to be a big hit no matter what.
      “Playing a game of chicken with an unannounced marvel movie in may 2016 is very juvenile”? Juvenile?? Nonsense!

    • u can blame that on snyder casting affleck that led nolan to leave the project..then thats when they were scrambling to find a writer then decided to include wonderwoman and the rest of the jokes

      • Oh, lets make up news about this movie. We all know Chris Nolan has more respect for the Batman source material than Zack Snyder does…

        The Dark Knight Trilogy is a perfect example of the quality movies that can exist when a director is not chained to the source material.

  19. Either this is gonna be pretty AWESOME or DUMB. And in that case this is gonna be the one that upping Snyder’s position as a director in Hollywood or downing him to the crap.

    Hope this gonna blow everyone away for better. Specially “The Source Grabbing HardFans”.
    Let’s say “The Impossible is Possible”; because no one will see it coming until the very end.

  20. It’s gonna be a long wait!! But I am excited especially when you’ve got an interesting cast and iconic characters in the mix! Sure the delay did dampen my spirits just a bit but I can wait to see BATMAN & SUPERMAN on screen together. Hey I think people tend to forget that Snyder is a comic book fan much as Wheldon is but people don’t notice. But it looks like everybody else, he is excited!!

  21. Pumped for this movie, although the Wonder Woman and Lex Luther choices have me scratching my head a bit.

  22. I can’t wait for this movie!!! I just hope its action packed and has feel good moments.

    It is refreshing to not see a bunch of negative comments about how Superman vs Batman is gonna suck when the movie hasn’t even started filming yet.

  23. I was expecting someone intimidating yet charismatic as Lex Luthor, but this casting decision intrigues the hell out of me. This could be a ‘sink or swim’ role for Jesse Eisenberg, meaning the success of the movie could be (or at least partly) depending on how good his performance is, not unlike Heath Ledger’s Joker. Now I’m not saying JE is a bad actor, The Social Network proves his acting chops, but it is a brave move on Zack Snyder for casting JE as Lex because nothing on Eisenberg screams Lex Luthor. Honestly, Eisenberg’s casting as Lex Luthor puzzled and intrigued me even more than Michael B Jordan’s casting as Johnny Storm. I’m curious to see his take on Lex Luthor.

  24. First off, I’m a huge Superman fan, I know he’s just a fictional character and all this is mainly just entertainment for most, but to me his character and mindset is an ideal every person should strive for and furthermore, I follow it with every choice I make. That being said you should have a good picture of how much this fictional character me and fans alike. Snyder and his team have well earned my trust with the Man of Steel they gave us and they deserve our cool with decisions they make for the sequel! Everyone needs to get a grip and let them do what they know is best. After all, they’re the ones that, as Snyder earlier implied, have the material!

  25. I lookig forward to the trailer.

  26. “Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novel has influenced “the history” of the film (whatever that means).”

    This is the second time on this site that i have seen it written “whatever that means” in response to “the history” of the film being influenced by Millers work. It is very obvious what that means and i believe your writers would do a service to inform us, the readers of just that. It means that Batman’s history which will be unseen to us as he is a seasoned crime fighter in the film will mirror in a lot of ways the arch of batmans career in the Frank Miller novel. I usually don’t comment on this site but always read it and i just had to say something.

    also, this movie will be sweet. all the nerds, of which i include myself, need to calm down.

  27. I’d be excited if it wasn’t for man o Steele fail…

  28. Great article! And yes, it shows that Snyder is a huge fanboy. Looking at the making of MOS, it was clear that he has a lot of respect for the original source and the mythos. MOS was heavily researched. Not only did he include a lot of DC Easter eggs, Krypton was given more back story here. The whole planet…Kelex…the council…Krypton’s alphabet…Wegthor… You could tell that it was really a labor of love while at the same time, he painted his own color to it. MOS was awesome and I’m very much looking forward to the sequel.

    So here’s to 2016!

    • Really? Wow the story and plot was garbage in MOS… And how about some consistency on Supes powers? Super hearing but can’t hear Lois sneak into the cave, near invulnerability but gets knocked unconscience by an explosion, etc…

      • Cruz…

        So, I’m guessing you didn’t actually WATCH the film…probably just sat there chomping on your popcorn, chatting away with your friend until some bright, shiny object caught your attention onscreen, right?

        The story/plot developed consistently and effectively throughout the film. As for his powers, your comment PROVED how little attention you were paying…Clark had learned to tamp down his senses, so as not to go insane; using them, therefore, became an ACTIVE endeavor. Invulnerability does not mean physics falls by the wayside.

        Good grief.

        • Lol… Ok so if you like MOS you probably thought Clash of the Titans was a god damn masterpiece…lol…

          • Truly pitiful that THAT is the only comeback you could bring.

            To answer the question (as I said, I’m taking pity on you), NO, it was not. Parts of it DID entertain, however.

            Why…what CBM/blockbuster movies do YOU find to be fantastic or amazing or brilliant?

  29. “I understand the canon. I’m not crazy.”

    Tell em’ Zack!