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. Seen episodes of Underdog that’s better than this soon to be released piece o crappola.
    But if you supporters wanna waste your cash, more power to ya

    • Yes, I want to waste my money on this, I challenge you to find a real reason to not support this, seriously.

      • And what are you doing watching underdog?


        • Now if we could just score Michael B Jordan to play Cyborg!!!

      • How about Affleck as Batman, genius?

  2. If you think Nolan’s Batman was source you probably should pick up a Batman comic. Bruce Wayne wasn’t a detective in the movies (only showing 2 scenes of his detective leg work) Robin’s name certainly isn’t Robin. Most importantly Bruce Wayne would not have chosen to to live his life as someone else while Gotham suffered. TDK series was awesome. Phenomal acting, writing, and cinemotogrpahy, but it wasn’t a “Batman” movie rather it was movies with a Batman like character. The first movie Batman Begins is as close to a real Batman we get.

    Synder is a fan of comics. I trust him when it comes Superhero movies. MoS was good, it was long, and some characters are questionable (the priest, the Daily planet we got to save her scene) However he nails the perspective of the characters to a tee. MoS Superman seems to be taking the new 52 approach (I’ve only read a few of the JLs thus far) with Superman being a bit cocky, strong minded, and not such a boy scout. Which is awesome. Also I’m a fan of both DC and Marvel movies. Why can’t you be a fan of both? I mean don’t get me wrong I love DC way more but they’re both comics. It’d be like being a Basketball fan who’d would rather destroy the NBA than let the Heat win. It’s silly.
    MoS has laid a solid foundation and I’m excited for the new film. I’m hoping for a more charismatic Bruce with the detective chops that he’s supposed to have, that and I would like a more obsessive version of Bruce Wayne, one similar to Bruce Timm’s DCAU. Also for WW I want a Diana that’s a great leader, strong, and is always eager to fight! In terms of comparing DC vs Marvel I think we saw when WB tried to follow the Marvel formula with GL movie. DC ‘s main lineup doesn’t really have a jokester with exception to how Hal and Barry interact with one another. DC has always been more of the serious toned whereas Marvel tends to be more lighthearted. (Granted Silver-Age DC was just pure silliness.)

    In closing I think most of the people here are armchair complainers. Y’all need a hobby or something other than fighting one another on a site that arguably less than 10% of the American populace has heard of. You look dumb. I’m a fan of superheroes and I’m excited for all the Superhero movies because it moves us nerds/dweebs/spazzes/geeks out of the dark anti-social corner we used to live in and puts us in the mainstream so more people can enjoy the same things we enjoy. I support this message.


    • Snyder’s vision of Superman is absurd. He turned the Kryptonian into a depressed emo-tastic sad sack. They should have cut thumbholes in the sleeves of his suit and given him a Beiber haircut. I’ll armchair quarterback all I like so long as they keep destroying and tweaking an icon for the sake of being different. Batman is the dark brooderto Supermans hopeful light. All MoS did was force a ridiculous story on top of the world with a narrow train of thought. Taking Smallville as an example, the show worked originally because they tried fresh ideas, they provided a new-style Lois in Chloe. It went off the rails the minute the new writers and directors decided to turn it into the story we know by shoving Lois & Clark together before the end, and MoS did the same. Not only was there ZERO chemistry between Adams & Cavill, it was unnecessary to have her there at all and to have her find him… Its preposterous, lazy, and downright criminal, puncuated by them making out amidst the ruins of Metropolis- disgusting. They (Snyder & staff) had the opportunity to make a clean start & instead, they made the same mistakes as so many films and over complicated a simple idea. And now there is no choice but to draw on the Batman love in order to secure the success of the second film. Marvel is winning this battle because they’re making a better product. The Avengers series will endure where as MoS will end up next to Superman Returns & Green Lantern in the $5 bin at Walmart because it is a substandard movie & a subpar telling of Superman.

        • I was at work before I couldn’t respond but now I will. I’m going to address the serious flaws I have with “Little Sissy”‘s argument that the MoS movie was absurd, emo, and I’ll conclude with addressing the line about “enduring”. The MoS movie wasn’t emo as you put it. If you understood Superman you’d then have sympathy for a character that is the last of his kind EVER (Until Super-Girl), the only being on the planet who can do those things, and being forced to hide who he is to everyone. The argument that you brought forth about being a shining ray of hope clashes with the character. Superman as Superman is that shining ray of hope. If you were paying attention you’d see that Snyder demonstrated that in order to rise up and truly be who he is (which is a good person with amazing talents) he had to be the image of what Earth expects of someone with that kind of power. The Iconic hero from the 70′s and 80′s and Golden Age Superman never explained just why were people okay with the idea of a walking “God-who-could-kill-us-all-if-he-wanted-to” saving Metropolis. This was a fresh spin on the idea because now as if something similar were to happen Superman surrenders himself to us asking for the same faith that he had in humanity to be returned. It wasn’t emo, it was exceptional, and powerful.

          Now as to the absurd comment, you do remember you’re talking about a film whose premise is an alien from a distant world falls to earth. Shares almost our exact carbon/DNA/Evolutionary structure. The only real difference is the Sun makes him essentially God. Yep. The way they told that story was absurd. I’m not too sure where you were headed with this absurd comment unless it was to reflect that they ruined the Superman mythos, to which they did not. What was absurd in my opinion was the scene with the Priest. That was kinda out there. I’m not sure what integral part Christianity played in Clark’s life, being that ya know he’s an alien, but that scene seemed another flashback scene with Kevin Costner could have placed there.

          Lastly I’m not sure what this “endure” means. Was the film a major blockbuster hit? Yes. Does it feature the IP of the most well know American Superhero? Yes. Is it produced by one of the biggest film studios? Yes. Then what’s to endure? I don’t see it going away. I don’t see them erasing the film, or the contents within it like: Fantastic 4, Spider-man, and Batman & Robin. All films eventually end up in the 5 dollar cart at Walmart. How do you think I got Godfather, and Return of the King? What those don’t stand the testament of Little Sissy’s film greatness? Sheesh. Again I don’t see this as the one group is trying to wipe the other group out by all means necessary. I think it’s great that comics and more comic heroes are getting live action screen time. Think for a second if you went back to the 90s and the turn of the millenium how many people could name who was in the Avengers? How many people even knew Ant-Man was a super-hero from Marvel before the announcement of the movie? What you don’t get is what’s great about both these companies; Marvel and DC. Their competition is our benefit! They’re making comics more mainstream than ever before! Yet you still want to be petty and cheer for the downfall of one, as if you have skin in the game. To quote Stan Lee “nuff said”


  3. Only issue I have with the casting is Ben Afleck. After he did Daredevil he stated that he hated doing action scenes and would use a double every time he got the chance to, and he would probably NEVER do a action hero movie again. WOW that’s someone I want to play Batman! one of the most kick ass action super heroes of all time! Then he says people don’t understand cause they haven’t read the script… Ok so what, your gonna make him a broken down old guy like he was in Dark Knight Returns? Sorry but I personally don’t think that fits Bats at all. I wana see the “I will F!@# you up real bad!” Batman!!!!! and that is not Ben Afleck. Jesse meh… You kinda got to see a darker side of him in the FB movie plus he’s a good actor so I’ll wait for the movie to pass judgement(Joaquin Phonenix was my pick). Gal Gadot meh… Wish she was a thicker and taller chick like Brigitte Nielsen in her day, but as SR pointed out she served in the Israeli army soooo I’m pretty sure she can handle herself. As for MoS I gave Henry Cavill a HELL NO! but he made me a believer. Any ways not to sure what to think so far, right now with Afleck as old man Bats I’m not feeling it AT ALL!!

  4. @flickguy07  
    1. No you dork, if you open your eyes, paid attention & read what i 1st posted then you’ll see i made a mistake.
    I said “not worst my money”
    Since there’s no edit button for me at least, i corrected myself & posted it again saying “not worth my money”

    2. And flickguy07 what in my comment exactly made you think i’m not going to stay home & avoid seeing this movie.

    See i understand there’s Trolls on the internet & you’ve most likely ran into a few.
    However don’t mistake someone’s simple dislike of a movie or a difference of opinion than yours as Trolling for attention.

  5. @VW: “Why so serious?”

  6. @flickguy07
    Serious ?
    LOL OMG.

    Anyway what i’d rather see is a live action BATMAN vs PREDATOR.
    I wouldn’t care who’s in it, who’s playing who, i’d pay to see it twice in the theater.
    A BATMAN vs PREDATOR movie i’d see over The Avengers2  

    • @VW. A Batman vs Predator movie would be pretty epic. Both Batman and the Predator are very intelligent and crafty. If done right it would keep audiences on the edge of their seats. I could actually see that. Though Batman would win because he’s Batman haha.

  7. @flickguy07  
    HAHA Yea i know but still like you said it would be epic & keep me on my seat.

    OMG Just thinking about it i’m reaching for theater money lol.

    But just imagine a Trilogy like that.
    The 1st & second Batman vs Predator, then the 3rd goes into a new trilogy.
    Batman vs Aliens, with the last Batman vs Alien movie taking place in Arkham asylum & WE GET TO SEE THE JOKER ALIEN!!!!!

    I would see each 3times lol.

    • @VW. A joker alien would be pretty freaky and scary. But DC has had a Lex Luthor/Braniac hybrid before so I could actually see a Joker/Alen hybrid.

  8. Wow, what a relevant quote“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.”I hereby love this guy. Josh Trank could take some pointers huh?

  9. Exclusive Batman fans are so emotional,lol seriously get a hug. They guys are trying really hard to make this movie work, this is difficult given it’s roots, and definitely not an inexpensive task by any stretch of the imagination, I’m not so sure anyone should be throwing their nose up at it that easy.

  10. Want to see Batman vs. Predator, then Google “Batman: Dead End” Im sure there are still a lot of you out there that have never seen this 8 min film. Its something that will give you a smile rom ear to ear.

  11. @faustus01
    Yea i’ve seen it but i’m saying a full movie with all the hollywood trimmings would knock people’s socks off.

    Something like that, if DC got with DarkHorse & hollywood did a full live-action Batman vs Predator trilogy, Batman vs Aliens, & Batman vs terminator.
    I don’t think there could be any Marvel comic movie that would top any of those trilogies lol.

    lol I think whichever of those companies do a vs Predator, Predator, or Aliens live-action movie trilogy, i’m sold lol.

  12. I’m neither pro DC or Marvel and frankly I couldn’t care less who directs the film as long as it’s a great slice of cinematic escapism. A lot of people will want to go and see Batfleck go up against Superman and I reckon it would rival Avengers in the money stakes. But if the fanboys want to get all loved up with their favourite directors I still say Whedon was lucky with having the characters set up for him. Snyder does have a lot more work on his hands by having to this himself and I say good luck to him and don’t worry as the billion dollar mark is a sure certainty.

  13. and just one other thing for you people who think Whedon got bums on seats for Avengers – if he was to be credited for that then why did his offering of Serenity flop? I’m not saying he’s bad at his game either because I thought his characters in Serenity were great and I loved the film, but he doesn’t get bums on seats because of who he is and the figures for Avengers were a reflection of people just wanting more of the characters already set up and get together and kick a$$. Simple.

  14. Worst casting job ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • For your life lol

  15. That just occured to me. Zack Snyder managed to hurt Batman & Superman worse than the Legion of Doom ever could. This movie will be horrible!

  16. Can’t understand how the same folks that brought us 300 are now bringing us this sxxt!

  17. Batman, Wonder Woman and a possible cameo with Flash and Cyborg…..

    Guess Snyder never saw Spiderman three

  18. You want fan reaction?

    Wait till opening night and keep your head down so you won’t get hit by the thrown eggs and tomatoes!

  19. I’m saying it right now, this movie will be awesome, and you don’t have one reasonable argument otherwise.

    • I’m with you on that. The only justification for all this negativity must just be blind idiocy or super biased fandom. I have plenty of faith that this movie will be awesome and nothing that has been said, confirmed or rumor, has made me feel otherwise.

  20. No resonable argument?????????????

    Have you seen the cast?

  21. Have you seen the cast?

    This movie is a turd in a swimming pool. Accept it.

    “Blind idiocy” You probably all said this when they cast a twenty foot black guy to play Steel

    • Of course I’ve seen the cast, and I’m very happy with the actors chosen. It’s fine if you’re not at the same level of optimism as I am, but calling this movie a turd is ridiculously baseless and immature.

  22. I admire your optimism but this movie will suck

  23. We have an actor that ruined Daredevil, we have a Luthor that looks like he’s still in highschool, and a scrawny wonderwoman…

    OH YEAH we got us a masterpiece on our hands lmao

  24. Nah, they just throw darts at a phone book when they cast

    And I never said Ben Affleck was the only problem with Daredevil.
    Just like Eisenberg won’t be the only thing wrong with THIS movie

  25. Oh and Joker, why you defending Batman? Thought you hated the guy. LOL

    • Hate him? Whyever would I hate him? No no no no the bats and I have an.. understanding of sorts you see. And I don’t like it when others try to analyze my relationships. Not good for their health you see? Physical or mental. Mental for me physical for you, or is it the other way around?

  26. The bromance of Superman and Batman is the best love story ever told.

    Don’t mess this up.

    Or I will find you. And I will enjoy doing things to you. Things that will… Heh heh heh heh… Don’t mess this up, and I am talking to you mister Afleck.

  27. That was the refrain on Dark Knight Rises. “When you see it, you’ll know why this character/actor is perfect” etc. Was bull then and it’s bull now.

    All that will be “exploded” is the myth that Batman fanboys will lap up anything with a Nolan tie-in. All that will be exploded is the cult of Miller. Watching the Man of Steel/Snyder/Goyer supporters revert to bullying as more and more rational fans check out is a taste of things to come. Watch the lunatic fringe get more and more lunatic as they realize they’re backing a loser.

  28. Look I love bad grammar just as much as the next guy, but I doubt it provides suitable argument either which way.