Snyder says Batman vs. Superman 'explodes' DC universe, fires back at casting backlash

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Nov 18, 2016, 1:10 PM EST (Updated)

As fans have snarked over everything from casting decisions to his arguably-too-dark take on Man of Steel, Zack Snyder has remained relatively quiet about Batman vs. Superman. Until now.

The director has opened up in an interview with Hero Complex, tackling everything from his approach to the comic canon to the backlash over casting decisions like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor

Not surprisingly, the guy who rewrote chunks of Superman’s origin story in Man of Steel has a unique take on the first-ever attempt to meld the worlds of Batman and Superman on the big screen. Basically: Don’t expect it to stay too close to the comic canon (the word “explode” is used, actually), and if you liked Man of Steel, you’ll probably like the sequel:

“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. Like, ‘Are you kidding me?!’ …

[The movie] 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!”

As for the casting decisions that have some fans questioning exactly what the heck they’re cooking up, Snyder says fans need to just slow down and trust the process, since they’re casting to fit the script and the unique approach they’re taking for the universe — and that’s something the rest of us don’t exactly have a grasp of at this point in the process:

“There are two ways to think about it. 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.

I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let’s not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy! This guy’s the real deal. By the way, in looking at all the talk-back, you can get all different perspectives in there too. Some people are hating to hate. Some people — someone did some fan art. And you look underneath and someone wrote, ‘I guess I can see it.’ Honestly, are you kidding me? Just stop it! It’s reassuring and frustrating at the same time.”

In classic Snyder fashion, he sounds bullish on their approach, and there’s at least something to be said for confidence. Iffy as it might’ve been, Man of Steel was one of the best Superman films in decades (if only for lack of competition) — and Warner Bros. is going all in for that approach on a larger scale. Like it or not.

How do you think it’ll turn out? Do Snyder’s comments put you at ease, or make you even more worried?

(Via Hero Complex)

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