Why Batman vs. Superman's designer thinks that 2016 delay is a 'blessing'

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Feb 11, 2014, 5:49 PM EST

Sure, some folks might’ve been bummed by the year-long delay that pushed Batman vs. Superman into 2016 ... but not the film’s production designer, Patrick Tatopoulos.

Tatopoulos has worked on everything from I Am Legend to Independence Day, and he was a judge on Syfy’s Face Off, but his next project could be his biggest yet. The accomplished designer was hired by Zack Snyder to help create the world of Batman vs. Superman, and Tatopoulos is the first to admit that’s a fairly daunting task. Yeah, no argument there.

Luckily for him, that 10-month delay should give him some much-needed breathing room to work out all the kinks. In an interview with Flickering Myth, Tatopoulos noted they have a “big chunk” of the design work together, but they’ll use the extra time to flesh out the details to make the expanded DC universe a living, breathing world:

“At the end of 300: Rise of an Empire, I met with Zack and he said, ‘I going to do this movie and want you to design it.’ I was stunned. I thought, ‘Wow! Great.’ That’s where it started. This is a crazy huge movie. It’s taking a lot of energy but it’s something that someone like me needs to do in his lifetime.

There’s a project that is close to me that I was going to direct and I said, ‘I need to do this. Working with Zack again was important to me because he’s an amazing director with an incredible vision. Batman and Superman is something I’ve always wanted to do.  I would have chosen one or both. I got the offer and jumped on it. The big chunk that we want to do for the movie is there but there is so much more to do.  For me, it’s been a blessing that it has been pushed a little bit.”

Considering that the film’s own designer is pretty psyched to loosen up that production schedule, it seems like that delay really was the right move. Hopefully it’s a sign that Warner Bros. wants to get it right, which most fans would agree trumps getting it done quick.

What do you think, Can Snyder, Tatopoulos and company pull off the most ambitious film in DC history? Will 10 months really make that big a difference?

(Via Flickering Myth)