Zack Snyder Talks ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ Casting, New Mythology & Fan Reaction

The director teases that this superhero sequel ’explodes’ both the Batman and Superman universes, while revealing production starts in a month.
The director teases that this superhero sequel explodes both the Batman and Superman universes, while revealing production starts in a month.

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!"

What do you think about the director's comments? Are you more excited to see Batman Vs. Superman now? Chime in with your thoughts below.

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. Ryu Jin Jakka

    Still don't understand why they are calling man of steel 2 want to throw the Batman Vs Superman thing around and I still believe that the Marvel directors writers and producers care more about the characters than those that are directing writing and producing the DC universe movies just saying and I'm a big superman fan and DC universe guy.

    12 months agoby @quinn227Flag

  2. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede ya i guess everytime they reboot it readers keep finding more about these characters ever before

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  3. Mieko_Siede

    @undeadslayer4 It's really just us as consumers that have a preferable way of remembering certain characters because we unwittingly attach ourselves to certain story lines because they can last for the lengths of certain periods. The average reader doesn't realize they know less about these characters than they realize.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  4. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede wow glad they made sure there comics werent outdated

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  5. Mieko_Siede

    @undeadslayer4 They reboot comic book lines every 5 to 10 years anyway. That's why there are so many story lines and arcs to pool from. That's why there are so many imaginings of the characters. That's also why there isn't really any one way to interpret the characters, it just depends on the story source you're drawing from. Even Marvel has a reboot line called, Marvel NOW. Still, it's really nothing new, they're just tagged now rather than just changing it up and people are confused by the newness of something they are familiar with being a certain way. That's why a lot of arguments about how people perceive these characters to be when speaking to film is moot. There is no ONE way to interpret any of them.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  6. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede so its basically like a reboot for the comics cool

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  7. Mieko_Siede

    @undeadslayer4 I said that that Superman's costume and look changed in 2011 when they relaunched all the comic book titles under the banner, New 52.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  8. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede sry can u repeat that please

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  9. Bellandedward1

    AntMan is being released on July 15th 2015 three months aftet Avengers 2 so I do not know what marvel is doing expect for the fact that they are not backing down

    1 year agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  10. Bellandedward1

    AntMan is being released on July 15th 2015 three months aftet Avengers 2 so I do not know what marvel is doing expect for the fact that they are not backing down

    1 year agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  11. Shawn Fox

    Its always the same people get pissed when
    Something not old school lol in my opinion the new batman movies
    Were way better than when Michael Keaton was batman.
    He was a boring Bruce Wayne the first Batman was good because of
    Jack Nicholas was the joker. Every hated bale as batman at first
    Then he was the best batman and Bruce Wayne so far. So give Ben affleck a chance he's a great actor I think he will be good. I'm just rambling on now my
    Message is just because some things not old school doesn't mean its bad.

    1 year agoby @Shawn-FoxFlag

  12. Mieko_Siede

    @undeadslayer4 Yeah, it's the look Superman has had in the comics since 2011.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  13. undeadslayer4

    @instead8909 itll change eventually

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  14. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede did the 52 come out yet

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  15. Sean

    @cvntstop Same here. I am really looking forward to seeing it :) .

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. Mieko_Siede

    I really can't wait to see the new suits. I wonder if Superman's will have the collar like the New 52 version.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  17. CUPID

    I wanna see that new bat suit.

    1 year agoby @cupidFlag

  18. TheArrow

    I'm interested in how they're going to handle the Bat-verse in this film. The rumors have talked about including other bat family members (Alfred being confirmed and Nightwing rumored) and how they're going to do Batman's origin story, or of they include it at all. Can't wait to hear more about this film!

    1 year agoby @pdubzFlag

  19. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Meh, just film it already.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  20. WongFu

    The more I hear about this topic. The less I am to see it.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  21. cvnt$top

    Cant wait now

    1 year agoby @cvntstopFlag

  22. ObiWanShinobi

    can't wait, this article made me smile especially the part where zack talks about him and the crew geeking out over seeing batman & superman's suits together. i'm pumped.

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

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