During his press tour for 300: Rise of an Empire, Zack Snyder addressed the fanboy casting backlash for Batman Vs. Superman, while revealing that production begins in one month, and teasing a story that "explodes" both the Batman and Superman universes at once.
Ever since Ben Affleck signed on to play Batman back in August, the fans have been voicing their displeasure about that casting choice and many others, such as Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. When asked if he was surprised that the fans reacted so negatively towards these actors signing on, the filmmaker had this to say.
"There are two ways to think about it. 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. I understand the canon. I'm not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint. 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. By the way, in looking at all the talk-back, you can get all different perspectives in there too. Some people are hating to hate. Some people - someone did some fan art. And you look underneath and someone wrote, 'I guess I can see it.' Honestly, are you kidding me? Just stop it! It's reassuring and frustrating at the same time."
The filmmaker also revealed that production will begin in a month, while talking about how much he enjoys bringing the Batman and Superman worlds together in this historic sequel.
"We're getting ready to start shooting in a month or so. It's going great. I'm very excited. It's very fun to get into this world with different heroes coexisting in the same universe, but a lot of balls in the air as they say. As a fan, it's an amazing opportunity. You know, Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together. So it's an interesting historical thing. We were just testing the suits, right? The new Batsuit and the Superman suit. It wasn't even with the actors, right? It was just to see 'em. I was standing there, they were standing next to each other. And I was like, 'Guys, someone take a picture! This has never happened before.' We slightly dork out. Like, 'Are you kidding me?!'"
While he wouldn't divulge any specific plot details, the filmmaker did say that Batman Vs. Superman "explodes" both the Superman and Batman universes. Here's what he had to say, when asked if he was trying to serve the material more than the fans.
"[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 too - now that you've got these characters - to now let 'em loose. That's fun!"
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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.