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."
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.
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