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Snyder On Why Batman In "Man of Steel 2"

By Garth Franklin Thursday April 17th 2014 02:30PM

Filmmaker Zack Snyder has done an extensive interview with Forbes magazine regarding the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" film at Warner Bros. Pictures.

The first big topic is the costumes which he doesn't know when they will be revealed to the public as "that all gets tied to marketing and strategies for the movie".

The film's schedule has also been "designed carefully" so that unofficial paparazzi photos shouldn't be a problem - "when we finally do show it, it's gonna be real fun. And it's true, you gotta make sure– you're gonna want the real shot".

The costume tests though marked their own milestone for Snyder:

"The thing also that's really fascinating for me is that, even just in the tests we've been doing, the costumes, right? You basically have Batman and Superman — and this is without Ben [Affleck] and Henry [Cavill] in the costumes, but just like the stand-ins, just testing to see what the costumes look like. And you have them standing there and they're standing in the same shot — and then we have Wonder Woman, you know, all three of them in the same shot.

Even just for a test, you really have to go, "Wow, that's crazy!" Not only is it the first time that I'm seeing them, it's the first time they've ever existed together on screen in a movie. And that's kind of a huge deal. Even just Batman and Superman standing next to each other… [I]t's kind of epic.

You do sort of sense the weight of the pop culture iconography jumping out of its skin when you're standing there looking at the two of them and Wonder Woman. It's crazy. But it's fun. I mean, I have the first photo, I've got it in my archive because I was like, "Okay, I better keep this, it's gonna be worth something," [laughs]

Snyder also talked about how the idea of putting Batman in the film came about following the release of "Man of Steel":

"After Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, "Maybe Batman?" Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite gets delivered to Bruce Wayne's house or something. Like in a cryptic way, that's the first time we see him.

But then, once you say it out loud, right? You're in a story meeting talking about, like, who should [Superman] fight if he fought this giant alien threat Zod who was basically his equal physically, from his planet, fighting on our turf… You know, who to fight next? The problem is, once you say it out loud, then it's kind of hard to go back, right? Once you say, "What about Batman?" then you realize, "Okay, that's a cool idea. What else?" I mean, what do you say after that?

But I'm not gonna say at all that when I took the job to do Man of Steel that I did it in a subversive way to get to Batman. I really believe that only after contemplating who could face [Superman] did Batman come into the picture."

Finally there's the issue of rival comics powerhouse Marvel Studios and their movies:

"Look, I'm a fan of the Marvel movies… and the thing that's awesome is, we make a different movie. We have a different product than them, although they both exist in sort of the superhero world, which is great.

I think that those are the opportunities. That's what you get at the movies, you get a chance to go to all these different worlds. And I'm as interested in going to the Marvel Universe as anybody. So, I personally don't think that there's any, from my point of view, we definitely don't have any animosity or anything of that nature.

We're all in this big business together, and we hope people are interested in the adventures that we put up on screen. And I do believe it's infectious, and the next weekend you're like, 'You know what? Let's go do that again, that was awesome. We saw a cool movie, maybe we'll get another cool movie.'"

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