Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Batman to the big screen after Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy ended. Bruce Wayne's involvement in the story is a big part of why [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) is so eagerly anticipated, and Christian Bale's portrayal has clearly influenced Ben Affleck's.
This has lead many people to compare the two film series, but as Zack Snyder reveals, this was never meant to be a competition between Nolanverse and the new DCEU...
Snyder Asked For Nolan's Permission
The idea of pitting hero against hero might have gone down well with fans, but when Snyder came up with the Batman vs Superman concept, he wanted to see what Nolan thought. This is probably because both characters are somewhat tarnished in the conflict, and in some ways you could view Batman as the villain of the piece. Going up against the godlike Superman has that effect.
Empire reports on how Snyder approached Nolan:
“You tell me if you don’t want me to do it,” Snyder told Nolan. After a silence, Nolan said, “Well, we don’t own these characters. When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them].”
While this isn't exactly a gushing endorsement, it seems Nolan is taking a very measured approach to the issue. He's right -- these characters are DC's and for every interpretation that exists there are tons more to counter it. At least Nolan has the knowledge that his version of the Dark Knight's tale is still one of the most iconic and popular.
But now we're entering a new era, and Batman vs Superman is a very different story to one we've seen before...
Hero vs. Hero
To ground the conflict in reality, Snyder has been emphasizing how Batman vs Superman is ultimately just about two people at odds.
"In a lot of ways Batman v Superman is a very personal concept. It is just two people trying to understand each other’s point of view."
The important thing to remember about Dawn of Justice is that these two characters are still heroes: at the end of the day they both just want to save humanity. Bruce sees Superman as too much of a threat to Earth, and Clark sees Batman as a violent vigilante. These perceptions are both valid, and it'll be interesting to see how the film develops this relationship. Ultimately though, they'll have to put aside their differences to fight "the greatest threat mankind has ever known"...
...and once Doomsday's defeated, we've got a lot to look forward to.
Dawn Of A New Era
Christopher Nolan's Batman films are awesome, they really are. They delve into Bruce Wayne's mindset in a way no other cinematic version of this story has.
They also feature some of the best loved and culturally iconic versions of the Batman bad guys: Heath Ledger's Joker and Tom Hardy's Bane are the villains you just love to hate.
While Batman did eventually team up with Catwoman and Robin (kinda), the Nolanverse is entirely confined to Gotham City. This works very well for the story, but the most exciting thing about Batman vs Superman (aside from the fact that we get to see these heroes punch each other in the face) is the fact that it lays the groundwork for the Justice League.
Wonder Woman's inclusion in Dawn Of Justice is a huge part of setting this up: Snyder has said how she's "the gateway drug to the Justice League," forcing Batman and Superman to work together for a brighter future. The new DC movies are super exciting, promising a new universe full of our favorite heroes.
Basically, Nolan's right. As soon as he stopped making Batman films, someone else was going to come along and make their own. But this time it's not just about Bruce Wayne and I, for one, can't wait for the Justice League to finally team up on the big screen.