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. You wanna talk kryptonite? has anyone noticed or mentioned lex corp? run by the devious and scheming Mark Zuckerburg?
    I assure you he’ll be the one who gets some if anyone does, hell, start off as a needed ally to supply it to Batman until he’ll make is own personal gain move upon which they must team up, probably will be the last half hour of the film.

  2. I need this movie. I need it now.

  3. The problem of Snyder is that he is a ‘fanboy’.

  4. He´s beginning to sound a lot like one Michael Bay.

    I could not be more worried about this movie.

    • I’M NOT! I will be there opening weekend. Lex can be made to look older. Its easier to look older than younger. I didn’t want a 60 year old Luthor.

      I sure didn’t want an old Wonder Woman. You stay at home,I will be there and will see it multiply times if I love it.

      But I respect your opinion because I feel the same way about GOTG and the Antman movie, but I might give GOTG a chance, Antman no way.

    • I still say, if they wanted an older, beat-up grizzled batman they should have cast josh brolin

      • Brolin would have been a great Batman.

        • LOL theres still time he (Zack) seems to be adding every justice league member in this so Jonah Hex might show up LOL but knowing Snyder he’ll cast Ricky Martin to play him

          • “but knowing Snyder he’ll cast Ricky Martin to play him”

            That was hilarious!

        • i agree also he fits the older batman image and hes a good actor

    • Doubt it. once the movie comes out and you find out that it is a great movie. you’ll SKIP your way to the theater to get a ticket.

    • I agree with you bro. I will watch it online first. If its good, then I will go to the theater and watch it.

  5. I guess it depends on his definition of “Exploding” here.

    What I am guessing is he is making the point that having created the universe they will now create rather than retread as in Star Trek Into Darkness where they set up a new timeline in the previous film to give them complete freedom only to chain themselves to the past for that sequel.

    I like Snyder. I was very excited when he was given the opportunity to direct Man of Steel and he did not disappoint. So there is some trust in the bank as it were but some reservations too.

    I do have reservations on Affleck, not because he is not a great actor but I cannot see him as a badass. Also re Eisenberg who I think is terrific and could see as an evil character but it is hard to see him as Lex. (of course if they were of a different race some twit would suggest that says more about me if I cannot see these guys in these roles but they are not so some twit will find some other way to attack another opinion likely suggesting any view beside absolute approval equates to negativity).

    At the end of the day I think that Batman and Superman are way and above the two best Super Heroes ever created and having them on screen together will have more draw that The Avengers or The Justice league. I could be wrong, I hope i’m right.

    • …”(of course if they were of a different race some twit would suggest that says more about me if I cannot see these guys in these roles but they are not so some twit will find some other way to attack another opinion likely suggesting any view beside absolute approval equates to negativity)”

      Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      :-) Your statement was just a little confusing.

  6. It seems to me from Snyder’s comments that he does indeed understand the characters involved, which is crucial for this film to succeed. He is really doing his research on these characters as well as their cannon. Zack Snyder laid a strong foundation on which to build in Man of Steel, so now he can “explode” or expand the universe. I feel what some people do not realize is that in Man of Steel, Clark was Superman for like 24 hours, so he did not completely mature into the iconic Superman. I have more confidence in this project because Geoff Johns from DC Comics has been brought on board as a producer for this film as well as Justice League. Geoff has much experience with these characters, having much involvement in the comics for years. As for Wonder Woman it seems she will play a small role in this film, much like an introduction. I look forward to this film.

  7. People criticize Snyder a lot. Too much. He is not the best director and he has to work out a few kinks here and there but Joss Whedon wasn’t qualified to run The Avengers (and I still don’t think he is). Snyder has a good eye for multiple characters that have depth and strong personalities, which from what has been reported Lex and Bruce will be like this, or are we forgetting Watchmen. Bash it all you want, Watchmen is a staple in the superhero genre as well as The Dark Knight, X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Avengers. We have not read the script, we have not seen photographs of the sets or any costume, we do not know any details of the characters and where they fit in the story. It’s all speculation right now and it will stay that way until they release those details. And let’s all remember that while Marvel movies have been great successes (some of them), General Zod is a better villain than all of Marvel villains so far, excluding Loki which is top-tier. Marvel suffers from, as I call it, villian-itis. Not one, not one, excluding Loki, not villain in the MCU has been worth the price of admission ticket.

    • @ J Serrano

      I agree with you to an extent. I think Snyder is a much better director than he gets credit for.
      Yes, Sucker Punch was a complete disaster but that was more because of the script than with his direction. Snyder is just one of the many directors who work best when filming someone else’s script. That’s not a knock, most of the best directors don’t write their movies and it takes a rare talent to do both and do them well.

      That brings us to Joss Whedon. He’s a fantastic writer but his skills as a director are quite lacking. Sure, he’s pulled off a couple of nice tracking shots but everything else is kind of “point and shoot” and you could tell he’s more comfortable directing TV. That’s why I really liked The Avengers but I didn’t love it. There was no style to it. Even Iron Man and the rest of the Phase 1 films had a bit of creativity in the direction compared to The Avengers.
      Hopefully that could change with The Avengers 2 but I’m not holding my breath.

      • Watchmen sucked.

        • “Watchmen” was excellent.

        • Agreed. Watchman did suck. One of the worst films I ever saw. Now watch some fanboys on this site, get a heart attack, because of my comments. LOL

          • JayIsWrong…See? No heart attack. That’s all that needed to be said. ;)

          • Why don’t you give me the reasons why it sucked? The characters were great along with the acting. The direction was the perfect one for the adaption of the graphic novel the changing of the end was well done. Snyder directed one of the most important beats to the story to perfection which was the narration of Rorschach. Yes, the sex scene was a bit too long and some of the character moments don’t have that big a payoff. But it doesn’t hurt the movie in any major way. Rorschach, The Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, not to mention the music which complemented a lot of the scenes greatly and the credit montage at the beginning of the film which told the story of the Watchmen. Tell me again how that movie sucked?

  8. J Serrano I agree with you completely in that Whedon wasn’t qualified to do Avengers and he came up with an enjoyable but ‘okay’ movie and he was lucky to get that since somebody else had already set up the characters for him and he did nothing else to expand on them. Heck, he brought in Hawkeye and see how bland he was and Hulk wasn’t used as well as he could have been. Avengers was never going to fail because of what came previously and everybody wanted to see the team up – Whedon was lucky.

    • True and that is what I tell everybody. And I’m not all-out defending Snyder because he’s far from being the director that he can be, although I loved Man of Steel. But he created an origin story for Supes and he’s expanding on who that character is with the help of other superhuman beings in his world (let’s face it, Batman is too kickass to not be considered a superhuman). We don’t know to what level Snyder is using characters like Batman and Wonder Woman so people should quit speculating and half-a$$ guessing that his turned into a small Justice League.

    • What does Whedon need to do to get the respect he deserves? Apparently tying together four different characters from four different films in a cohesive story that made billions and sitting at spot no 3 of all time films isn’t enough. You know why DC still doesn’t have a Justice League film despite having far more iconic characters in its line up? Because despite fan boy and girl love, it’s not a sure thing to make a team up movie that works. Whedon did extremely well to tie all those characters in a film and get most people on board and getting butts in seats in the cinema. I will say this as well. The Avengers didn’t succeed despite Whedon, it succeeded because of him. Give the man a break. May not be your cup of tea, and he isn’t the best at what he does, but it works. There’s a reason why people are still dressing up in Browncoats at conventions 10 years later.

  9. Film feels a lot like it is rushing to catch up with Marvel, like most things DC.

    • Can you elabrate?

      How is planning a movie with three heroes, two who everyone is familier with?

      Is it because we did not have a man of steel 2? Or a 4th batman reboot in 20 years?

      Or is it because we have a female superhero makeing her first appeaence in a way only kknow to those involved in the film?

      Did you even bother to read the article?

      Please elaborate because I’m actually curious to your argument.

      • kevin…

        Don’t worry about Mike elaborating on anything. Look at his “Watchmen” comment above. He’s just trolling…HE thinks he’s being clever. It’s actually just sad.

        • Agreed

  10. I’m really excited for this movie, I just hope it doesn’t become a cgi music video, it is zack snyder after all. But hey, hopefully I’m proved wrong. Because I think the success of this will help determine whether or not they’ll be doing a justice league movie. which i want more than anything.

  11. It better show good action. See SUPERMAN shows a lot of respect for Batman because, he is ambitious. When I watch Batman take down Superman in the comics ? They meet each other face to face by tackling down their greatest enemies Lex Luther, Joker, Metallo, and Harley Quinn ?

  12. I have no interest whatsoever in watching this film. It was supposed to be a sequel to MOS not an introduction to the JL. I just feel sorry for Mr. Cavill. This is a missed opportunity to establish the actor as Supes. Now everything is about the weary Batfleck, baby Lex and the mixture of elements in the story.

    • You are part of the people that make it about baby Lex, weary Batfleck and the mixture of elements in the story with your ignorant speculation.

    • +1000

  13. Once again, this is not a sequel to MOS. This conundrum is something else what? I do not know but they don’t either. That’s why they have to take another year to put a square peg in a round hole.

    • Hector…

      Once again, you make very bizarre statements. Yes, this IS a sequel to MOS, as it will be featuring Superman, continuing his story from the last film, while actually expanding that developing story by bringing in another character to open up the universe. As for the third character, we know NOTHING about how (or how MUCH) she will be portrayed in the film, and we have NO confirmations for any other hero characters in THIS film. As for the delay, I admit to feeling upset at the delay, because I want to see the film. I DO, however, feel glad they are giving the production time to form properly.

      You have complained on EVERY thread involving this film about MOST (if not ALL) aspects of its production without knowing ANYmore than any of us about it and have made it VERY clear you have no interest in seeing the film. My question to you, then, MUST be: WHY are you still here? Answer: You’re either a buffoon (possible, considering some of the things you’ve said in the past) OR you are a troll (very likely, indeed, considering your unknowing persistence).

      • +10000

    • It is a sequel to MoS. It continues the story of where MoS left off. It contains all the original cast of the first movie, along with the additions of Batman, Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman, which you and I still have no idea in what capacity they are going to be used.
      What it isn’t, is what you want, a movie where Superman is contained in his own universe and away from other heroes. But, that is especially problematic if you want to bring in other heroes. You need to either introduce new heroes or never have them together. Look at Marvel as the example, they introduced their characters as part of the same universe. Then when you watch a stand-alone movie you’re thinking; where the hell is SHIELD? Where are the other Avengers to help?

  14. Whatever. Don’t worry be happy!

  15. This movie could make more money than The Avengers. I have trust in Zack Snyder as he made Man of Steel the best superhero movie last year. Hopefully the script stays true to the characters.

    • Doubt it. I think 50/50 as of right now, some folks who are going to stay home when it opens and some folks who are going to go watch it. I said on here earlier, I will watch it online first, then if, (and that is a big IF) if its good, then I will go see it at the theaters.

      I don’t fall into the “I trust this director syndrome” most folks like to write on this web site and other web sites. It’s a pet peeve of mine when I read that, but to each his own.

  16. Don’t let the Perfect be the enemy of the Good.

    While many of us are simply engaging in a little harmless critique, lets keep in mind that insisting on perfection will always yield one result: DISAPPOINTMENT..

    If MoS is the barometer in which to judge this this upcoming film, then I’d say we have some good stuff to look forward to.

  17. Nominated isn’t winning there Snyder… Sucker Punch’d AGAIN!

  18. Watchmen was awesome!
    Better than this turd of a movie!

    • You’ve seen this film already? Really?

  19. Zack Snyder needs to cast Jimmy Olsen in this upcoming BATMAN vs SUPERMAN film. We don’t know who will play Jimmy Olsen ? Remember Rebecca Buller played Jenny Olsen a female counterpart to Jimmy Olsen.

    • Emoman. Lol

  20. Here is the Supporting Cast:

    Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth
    Zack Efron as Jimmy Olsen (Unconfirmed)
    Kate Hudson as Catherine Grant (Unconfirmed)
    Sofia Vergara as Harley Quinn/Dr. Harleen Quinzel (Unconfirmed)
    Hugh Laurie as Commissionar James Gordon (Unconfirmed)
    Elaine Hendrix as Mercedes “Mercy” Graves (Unconfirmed)
    Sandra Bullock as Renee Montoya (Unconfirmed)
    Bruce Greenwood as Harvey Bullock (Unconfirmed)
    Ray Liotta as Lt. Daniel Turpin (Unconfirmed)
    Penelope Ann Miller as Capt. Maggie Sawyer (Unconfirmed)

  21. Has anyone watched the new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer. I think the batsuit in the game will be similar to the one in Batman vs Superman.

  22. Batman vs. Superman looks desperate to grab Marvel’s audience, ManOfSteel was badly written poorly put together & bad casting choice for Superman.
    Batman vs. Superman is not worst my money.

    • thank you. well said.

  23. Batman vs. Superman looks desperate to grab Marvel’s audience, ManOfSteel was badly written poorly put together & bad casting choice for Superman.
    Batman vs. Superman is not worth my money.

    • @VW. Then simply stay home. Obviously you posted your comment twice as a means to get attention.

    • + 1000

    • Well said VW