Zack Snyder Talks ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Story; Teases New Costume Reveals

By April 17, 2014
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Although director Zack Snyder can’t reveal major news regarding the highly-anticipated sequel to Man of Steel (tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman) he was able to hint at some things in a recent interview with Forbes Magazine. Of particular note was Snyder’s revelation that he was the one who pushed hard for Batman to be Superman’s foil in the sequel:

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? Once you say, “What about Batman?” then you realize, “Okay, that’s a cool idea. What else?” I mean, what do you say after that? …But I’m not gonna say at all that when I took the job to do Man of Steel that I did it in a subversive way to get to Batman. I really believe that only after contemplating who could face [Superman] did Batman come into the picture.

Snyder also touched on a topic that is always a major source of interest for fans: what the costumes of the beloved characters will look like:

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. Even just Batman and Superman standing next to each other… [I]t’s kind of epic. You do sort of sense the weight of the pop culture iconography jumping out of its skin when you’re standing there looking at the two of them and Wonder Woman. It’s crazy. But it’s fun. I mean, I have the first photo, I’ve got it in my archive because I was like, “Okay, I better keep this, it’s gonna be worth something!

Although he recognizes that the official costume reveals for these movies are always major pop culture events, Snyder was unable to say when the those reveals would happen.

Because the movie takes place so far from now, it’s hard to know exactly [when that can be revealed]. 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]!

We’d obviously love to see those pictures, but I think we’d actually all rather see the first reveal of the costumes with the actors standing inside them. Hopefully Warner Bros. doesn’t make us wait too much longer before they release some professionally taken images of the cast, because it would be terrible if the first time we see Ben Affleck in his new Batsuit, it was from some stupid paparazzi photo. WB released the first image from Man of Steel about two years before that film came out, so if that timing holds true, it shouldn’t be long before we get our first official glimpse.

The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, and Amy Adams, and as mentioned above, will hit theaters May 6, 2016.

What do you think of what Snyder had to say? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.