Zack Snyder, the director responsible for Watchmen, 300, and most importantly Man of Steel, has been very vocal lately about the forthcoming Man Of Steel: Batman Vs. Superman . He talked to the LA Times about a shooting date for MoS2, the first big screen appearance of the 2 heroes together and fan reactions to the casting news.
We’re getting ready to start shooting in a month or so. It’s going great. I’m very excited. 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 picture, if it exists, has yet to surface on the internet, but when it does, we’ll be sure to post it on Word of the Nerd. He sounds a bit like a kid in a candy store, and honestly, that’s what you want from everyone involved with a project like this.
When asked about the outcry over his casting choices, Zack Snyder replied:
“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.”
Sure, we haven’t seen the script, so we won’t know the material until it shows up on the big screen. Yes some of the hate is just hate for hate’s sake. Casting choices imply things about the script, and as the fans who know the comics, some of the things being implied by those choices may not align with what we know or believe the characters to be.
Zack seems genuinely excited about getting to put the two icons together on the big screen:
“[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!”
On May 6th, 2016, the explosions commence. At that point we’ll see whether the fans explode at characters “not as tied to the mythology” or explode with excitement over an awesome DC film.