Zack Snyder Says ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Is “Not as Tied to the Mythology”

By March 4, 2014

We are still over two years away from seeing Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman (or whatever the project will ultimately be called) on the big screen, but the film is already a consistent topic of cinematic conversation (or maybe it just feels that way to director Zack Snyder?). But what exactly can we know about a film that hasn’t yet shot a minute (or even a second) of actual footage (aside from a quick football scene from the second unit)? According to the LA Times, we can at least know what won’t be making its way to the final cut.

Snyder recently sat down with the paper to chat about the upcoming (like, way upcoming) film and what he’s not putting into it. As Snyder tells it, the film “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!”


The director also has some keen insight into fan outcry, saying, “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.”

The film is set to start filming next month, and Snyder and his team seem quite ready to go on the project, as he shared with the outlet:

“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.”

We’re dorking out, too, Snyder.

The film is set to star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, and Amy Adams – but you already knew that.

Batman vs. Superman will hit theaters on May 6, 2016 (perhaps they should update that logo).

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  • Ernest B Ingalls

    Let’s get it on! Fans are aware of the timeline and of these heroes co-existence in the same timeline. There has been no love lost between them however they readily admit the other one’s contributions.

  • John A Casey

    This is the one we have all been waiting see. Any fan of these LEGENDARY DC heroes is biting their nails. GET ON WITH IT! The two can’t stand each other. One thinks the other is a vigilante, the other thinks he is a self-absorbed borderline narcissist. There could not be a better combination. “Friends” worked didn’t it?

  • Richard R Moore

    How could you not be excited to see the match up of the century. Truly brains and brawn. You can feel the tension in this one. I don’t know who to side with?