DC’s Jim Lee Talks Snyder’s “Batman v Superman”

DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee is also known as one of the great comic book artists, rising to fame at Marvel Comics where he served as artist and co-writer on an “X-Men” volume that is still the best-selling comic book of all-time. When he shifted to DC, he and Jeph Loeb co-write the highly acclaimed “Batman: Hush” storyline.

With Batman celebrating his 75th Anniversary and Comic Con in full swing, Lee was asked by Variety about his thoughts on Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” film and whether he had any advice for the filmmaker:

“Zack is a comic book fan and draws inspiration from the comics. He doesn’t need to be given advice. He’s a talented filmmaker. He’s a super stylized visualist. He’ll do stuff no one has ever done with the caped crusader and blow everyone away. He knows how to take the sensibility of comic books and do what other filmmakers don’t know how to do”

He was also asked about the differences between movies like this and the comic books they are based on. Unlike some fans, he doesn’t believe works should be completely loyal in translation due to the differences of the medium:

“I know a lot of filmmakers will look at the source material and what we capture on paper and translate that entirely onto film, but it shouldn’t be a literal translation of the comic books themselves. We work in a medium that has no end. A film should have a beginning, middle and end and resolution until the next one comes out. We’re telling a story every single month. They’re different sensibilities.”