Snyder Says "There's A Batman Inside All of Us" & Talks Bat-Suit, Batfleck, & Miller's Influence Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: October 22, 2015
As you all have probably heard, Bob Kane -- the co-creator of Batman with Bill Finger -- has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, BATMAN v SUPERMAN director spoke and talked a bit about Batman, what makes him great, and why we love the character. Check it out...
"I just wanted to first say that it's an honor to be able to speak here at the dedication of Bob's star as it's an amazing achievement and it's great that we're all recognising him because he's given us an amazing gift wth Batman. Recently, I got to make this film 'Batman v Superman,' and in the process, I had to design a Batman character. I had to do a suit. I don't know if you know anything about the process, but what you do is over months of meticulous designing and editing, you come to an aesthetic you believe will be the Batman you want to see.
Along with my costume designer Michael Wilkinson, we did just that and we came to the point where we were going to test the suit on Ben. So, we had built a set of an alley, graffiti, barrels with fire, steamy stuff, and it was this very kind of noir-ish setting to film our Batman for the first time. Ben put the suit on and we put him in front of the camera and I was just having him turn and look around looking Batman-ish, and it was amazing because I felt in that moment that I had achieved this goal that I had set out for myself. When I looked at Ben, he was the perfect personification of the Batman I had in my mind.
But the truth is...he wasn't really the Batman I had imagined. Bob really put him there in my mind, through years of TV shows, comic books, movies. I realized that we wall, every single one of us, has a Batman, an imaginary Batman, in our minds. Lurking in the shadows. Batman, unlike Superman or Wonder Woman or Flash, is a guy without powers. He's a man. He's all of us. I think that's it. We all carry around a hero inside of ourselves every day. It's that guy. It's Batman. I thank Bob for that. We all owe him a debt of gratitude. In that hero that we carry around, we realize that the hero is us, because he's just a man. In truth, we are all the Batman."
Whether or not you agree with Zack about Mr. Kane's contribution to Batman and the Batman mythos, you gotta say he gave a pretty good speach about the greatness of Batman.
Zack also had the following to say about the Bat-Suit, Batfleck, and Frank Miller's influence...
"I had a really strong idea about what I wanted to do -- I really wanted to do sort of a fabric-based Batman; not what's become the more normal, armored Batman. That's how we evolved it."
"I definitely wanted an older Batman. I wanted a war-weary Batman. That's why, in a lot of ways, Ben was really perfect for me -- we kind of aged him a little bit. It worked really great. I'm really excited about the Batman we created."
"There are so many great artists who have drawn Batman. So many great comics that have been created -- it's countless. I was talking to Frank about it; THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS was such a big influence on me, that I wanted to to honor him through imagery in the movie. You could still make THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS into a movie, if you want. That's what I'm saying, as far as how much we used and how much we didn't use. The visual elements, there are some that I homage, but I don't think the movie [is an adaptation]."
BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hits theaters on MARCH 25, 2016!
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, a Zack Snyder film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The film opens nationwide in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters on March 25, 2016, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.