It’ll certainly be one of the most successful movies of 2016, but we’re still waiting to see if Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will actually be one of the best movies of 2016. If nothing else, it’ll certainly be doing some heavy lifting in the world-building department.
Director Zack Snyder chatted with The Daily Beast about the long-awaited project, which is set to bring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Doomsday and a gaggle of other DC heavyweights under one roof. Turns out, a lot of it tracks to the decision to use Doomsday in the film (in this adaptation, as a creature seemingly built by Lex Luthor using Zod’s corpse), and what it means for the wider world they're putting together.
Here’s how Snyder explains it all:
“Well, you have Doomsday, right? He doesn’t just crawl out of the ground. He has his own mythology, right? So that has to be explored. To us it really made sense to give [Doomsday] to the audience now. I really wanted to make the audience a promise that… though I’m super excited and happy and fulfilled by the conflict of Batman and Superman, there’s also a bigger world to start to think about.
[The roadmap] is constantly evolving, but we’re starting to get a handle on where we’re going with the world. That’s fun because it allows us now to be driving toward a goal that we don’t have to make up as much. The rules can be the rules, and the movie can exist in a closed universe… it allows us to tie things together. If there’s a movie over here doing this, and we’re over here doing this, now we’re all on the same page. It allows for a coherent universe, which is important. I think that makes the experience a little more satisfying because we know where we’re going, so the misdirects can be stronger and the reveals can be bigger.”
It makes sense they’d look to tie Doomsday to what came before in Man of Steel, as it’s all about building one bigger narrative into a cohesive whole. But just because a film can build a world, that doesn’t mean it’s building a compelling one. Warner Bros. is cramming a whole lot of stuff into this movie, which is great, but let's just hope it's Avengers-great, and not a Spider-Man 3-type mess.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25.
(Via The Daily Beast)