Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Batman vs. Superman starts filming in about a month and director Zack Snyder couldn’t be happier. In a new interview, the director talks about geeking out when he’s in the same room as the new suits, and discusses the backlash over his casting decisions such as Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Ben Affleck as Batman. Most interestingly though, he says the film “explodes” the universes of each character because they’re “not as tied to the mythology.” Read his quotes below.
Snyder said the following in an interview with the Los Angeles Times:
[Batman vs. Superman] 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 too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!
At the Times, Snyder also talks about the backlash to his casting: “We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, 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.” So definitely head there to read more.
Back to the point at hand, what could the director possibly mean when he says the film “explodes” the universes and the film is “not as tied to the mythology?” For context, it’s important to realize, in the same interview, Snyder says “I know the canon.” That leads me to believe what he means is the Batman vs. Superman story isn’t specifically based on any one comic book. It’s not like he made Bruce Wayne a superhuman or something. This isn’t a direct adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns. Surely, it’s respectful to the essence of each character, but simply takes them in a new, original direction. Therefore, the “explosion” analogy could mean the script takes each character to a place where they can’t continue without the help of the other.
Or, at least, that’s what I want to believe. What do you think?
Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.