In a new interview with Forbes, Zack Snyder talks more about the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, addresses the kind of Batman we'll see in the movie and teases that first image of the new Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) standing alongside Superman (Henry Cavill), which he says exists and is currently hanging on his office wall.
On when he decided to make the Man of Steel sequel a Batman vs. Superman movie:
"I gotta be honest, it definitely was a thing that… after Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, “Maybe Batman?” Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite gets delivered to Bruce Wayne’s house or something. Like in a cryptic way, that’s the first time we see him. But then, once you say it out loud, right? You’re in a story meeting talking about, like, who should [Superman] fight if he fought this giant alien threat Zod who was basically his equal physically, from his planet, fighting on our turf… You know, who to fight next? The problem is, once you say it out loud, then it’s kind of hard to go back, right? "
On the opportunity to make Batman a more real character versus his previous cartoonish versions:
"I think Batman — now after Chris [Nolan]‘s movies and the way we track Batman through his cinematic history — he does have this license to enter our world and be a real character and not a complete cartoon, and he’s able to tell us about the way we live and our society. He moves with us, his morality — I think Superman probably less so, but I think Batman definitely sort of reflects us in a more personal way."
On seeing the first images of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman together:
"The thing also that’s really fascinating for me is that, even just in the tests we’ve been doing, the costumes, right? You basically have Batman and Superman — and this is without Ben [Affleck] and Henry [Cavill] in the costumes, but just like the stand-ins, just testing to see what the costumes look like. And you have them standing there and they’re standing in the same shot — and then we have Wonder Woman, you know, all three of them in the same shot. Even just for a test, you really have to go, “Wow, that’s crazy!” Not only is it the first time that I’m seeing them, it’s the first time they’ve ever existed together on screen in a movie. And that’s kind of a huge deal."
On when we'll actually get to see those first images (we think they'll be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con in July, but here's what Snyder said):
"Unfortunately, I don’t even know the timeline… Because the movie takes place so far from now, it’s hard to know exactly. That all gets tied to marketing and strategies for the movie. It’s not just a free-for-all, which I’d love it to be. Because I take a picture of the suit with my camera– I’m actually staring at one right now in my office. And it’s just massive on my wall in my office and it’s epic, let me tell you! And I’m like, “God, I want to send this to the Internet immediately.” But I know I’m not allowed to [laughs]!"
There's a lot more packed into that interview over at Forbes, including Snyder's desire to release his own director's cut of Sucker Punch, as well as tidbits on Watchmen, 300 and more. Definitely swing over there to read the rest.
Batman vs. Superman is currently scheduled to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.
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