Following yesterday’s rumor that Warner Bros. higher-ups want less Superman and more Batman in next year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” director Zack Snyder has clarified exactly how heavily his DC film will skew towards Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight in an interview with The Daily Beast — and why.
“Only in that because it’s a different Batman than the Batman that was in the Chris Nolan movies, so we have a little bit more explaining to do — and you just had a whole Superman movie,” said Snyder, admitting with a smile that Batman will take the lead for at least part of the movie in part due to Henry Cavill having received the spotlight in 2014’s “Man of Steel.” “But I think only in that way, because you need to understand where Batman is with everything. And that’s more toward the beginning, but it evens back out as it goes on.”
Snyder also spoke to the dynamic between the two characters in his film. “They’re actually opposite sides of the same coin,” said Snyder. “It’s interesting because Batman’s a man and Superman’s a god, if you think about it in those terms. So their relationship is very contentious. What Superman sees as Batman’s limits, Batman sees as Superman trying to control him, acting like an absolute dictator.”
“What we went after was the humanity of each character,” continued Snyder. “We tried to say, ‘What would Batman have to do to unravel Superman, and what would Superman have to do to unravel Batman?’ Their conflict is based on each others’ understanding of the other’s weakness. The fun of that is when you’re dealing with these mythological creatures-to make them human again, bring them back to earth. And to do that you have to know the rules before you can break them. They have to go all the way to the stratosphere before you can bring them back down.”
Also starring Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Jesse Eisenberg, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens on March 25, 2016.
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