Snyder: "Why Batman is in the MOS Sequel" Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
April 17, 2014
My good friend -- and longtime BOF reader and contributor -- Mark Hughes scored an exclusive interview with director Zack Snyder and it is must-read awesome! Mark asked Zack about rebooting Batman on film and here's what the director had to say about why Batman is in the MAN OF STEEL sequel...
"I gotta be honest, [being able to reboot Batman on film] definitely was a thing thatÖ 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 Wayneís house or something. Like in a cryptic way, thatís the first time we see him. But then, once you say it out loud, right? Youíre 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 itís kind of hard to go back, right? Once you say, 'What about Batman?' then you realize, 'Okay, thatís a cool idea. What else?' I mean, what do you say after that? But Iím 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."
Apparently, there's a bit -- or maybe a lot -- of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS in MOS!
Four years ago at Comic Con 2010 in San Diego, I got to visit with Zack Snyder for a good while at a party for his film SUCKER PUNCH. One of the things we talked about was his love for THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and how, one day, he'd like to have a shot at directing a Batman film...once Chris Nolan was done, of course. It looks like Zack is finally getting his chance.
For Mark's full intereview with Mr. Snyder, CLICK HERE. And like I said, it's a MUST-READ. (Congrats Mark!)