'Batman Vs. Superman' Influenced by 'The Dark Knight Returns'

Director Zack Snyder explains that the Frank Miller comic book will help shape the history between Batman and Superman in this 'Man of Steel' sequel.

While no solid story details have been confirmed for Batman Vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder reveals in a recent interview that Frank Miller's seminal comic book miniseries The Dark Knight Returns will serve to shape the history between the two iconic DC Comics superheroes.

When Warner Bros. announced at Comic-Con 2013 that their sequel to Man of Steel will feature both Bruce Wayne and Kal-El, they did so by enlisting actor Harry Lennix to read the following line from The Dark Knight Returns, which was adapted into a two-part animated movie last year.

"I want you to remember Clark. In all the years to come. In all your private moments. In all the years to come, my hand at your throat. I want you to remember, the one man who beat you."

Although he wouldn't confirm that Batman Vs. Superman is a direct adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, Zack Snyder did hint that the comic book will influence the story they are telling.

"The comic book will influence the history of Batman Vs. Superman, on which the writer David S. Goyer and myself will work."

The filmmaker also went onto to speak about the most controversial, and often discussed aspect of the movie: Why Ben Affleck was the right actor to play an older Bruce Wayne/Batman.

"Ben brings an interesting counterweight to the performance of Henry (Cavill) in the role of Superman. He has the experience necessary to paint the picture of an older and more advised man than Clark Kent, who bears the scars of a seasoned vigilante while retaining the charm that Bruce Wayne deploys when present in the world."

Production will begin in Detroit this spring on Batman Vs. Superman, which also stars Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor) and Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth).

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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  1. Mieko_Siede

    @undeadslayer4 I didn't say influence or that he was influenced. I said that characteristics of The Dark Knight Returns will serve as an inspiration for the adaptation of the Batman they are trying to portray. By far it's the darkest interpretation of the character yet to be seen on the big screen. Influence is a broad term. Influence breeds inspiration. Artists thrive on the influences of source materials or surroundings or whatever is pertinent to their craft. So if I were to use the word "influence" in response to how Snyder might make a film then it would certainly be in terms of not just the characterization of Batman/Bruce Wayne, but also in terms of certain subtleties about Gotham in its brief portrayal. He has two sources to pool from with respects to that story arc both in the comic book and the animated film to try to bring some sort of comic element to his hyper reality for these heroes. With all that being said, it would only be but some subtle inspiration to what he's ultimately trying to achieve. Tonally and aesthetically it still has to fit what he'd already done in establishing the universe created for Man of Steel. So in my prior statement, he's using certain inspirations from The Dark Knight Returns as a point of reference to how certain elements can fit in his world of Man of Steel with the fact still remaining that we don't know anything about the movie yet. We know absolutely nothing. All we know is the source materials a lot of ideas are being generated from.

    9 months agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  2. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede when u say influence how would synder make the film when he's influenced

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  3. Mieko_Siede

    @pack-rulz1978 This isn't a direct adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns. It's not even an adaptation of it. He's using it as an inspiration to model the character and his interaction with the world, not a frame by frame rehash of the animated film with more Superman. I think a lot of people are reading too deep into certain implications. What they are doing with the film is not cut and dry to us just yet. There may be some borrowed tones or thematic elements from The Dark Knight Returns, but the story itself is not going to play a part in this film. It serves as a way to reintroduce Batman, almost on The New 52 level and separating itself from the Nolan version.

    9 months agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  4. Clint

    This would make more sense if they a) gave Brolin the part over Affleck because Ben's age doesn't behoove some weathered, aging Batman like Brolin could and b) they weren't throwing every single freakin' other superhero/villain they could into this movie at the same time.

    If Snyder paid any attention to the novels, he'd note that there was only 1 major villain, The Mutants' gang leader, and then the other two that were side plot lines, Two-Face & the Joker. No Luthor at ALL. Hence, the novels were about Batman NOT Superman like this movie should be given it's supposed to be a Man of Steel sequel. Superhero-wise, Oliver Queen was the only other one besides Batman/Superman and the teen girl Robin in it. Not the 10 or so other ones they're throwing in like Wonder Woman etc. In fact, the latter along with 10 or so other no-name heroes, didn't show up until the absolutely ATROCIOUS Dark Knight Strikes Again sequel so, if that's part of this model, I suggest fans run now because it's going to be awful.

    9 months agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  5. Dfella504

    this shiit = nun really good jus sounds ok like bs!

    9 months agoby @dfellaFlag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    More hype....

    9 months agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. Sean

    Sounds good.

    9 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. cvnt$top

    @brady1138 honestly right

    9 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

  9. LuxoIII

    We knew this, already.

    9 months agoby @brady1138Flag

  10. Mieko_Siede

    It's going to be interesting to see how the story is spun from the Dark Knight Returns to make it work with the current theme of the movie.

    9 months agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  11. CoreyB

    Yeah work on the story people...alot to live up to after The Dark Knight Trilogy. Also The Dark Knight Returns Part 1&2 were goood! Man of Steel while I enjoyed it...def let some people down as it didnt meet the levels of Nolans recent work. Still solid tho and the score is amazing! Snyder needs to take his time so the delay in production is prob a good thing. He has a rock solid team so fingers crossed.

    9 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  12. Brizzy


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