Batman vs Superman starts filming next month, and while director Zach Snyder is currently promoting a different film - 300: Rise of an Empire, on which he is both a screenwriter and producer - he couldn't help answering some questions on his highly-anticipated superhero movie.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Snyder revealed how excited he got just seeing the Batman and Superman suits next to each other for the first time. He said:
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.”
Another surprising fact was just how much attention he is paying to the feedback he gets from fans. His casting decisions have been often questioned - Ben Affleck as Batman and Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luther have in particular been singled out as unexpected choices. In response to this, Synder said:
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!
So does that mean he will play it safe? Not quite. Snyder also hinted that while in the origin stories he felt more "tied to the mythology", having Batman and Superman meet was a chance to let the characters loose. Rather than seeing them grow into their roles, they could begin the movie with a full knowledge of what they can do.
But what do you think? Do Snyder's comments reassure you that he made the right choices in his casting? What do you think will happen in the movie? And given that Batman and Superman are likely to be adversaries, at least at first - who do you think would win the fight? Write in with all your thoughts and speculations below.