Snyder Dismisses “Ant-Man,” Shannon Talks Zod

In every lengthy interview there’s often one quote the subject later regrets saying and today that quote comes from a new The Daily Beast interview with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder.

Speaking about the DC Extended Universe in movies, Snyder was asked about those comments by Steven Spielberg recently regarding the inevitable implosion of the superhero movie genre. Snyder semi-agrees with that assessment, but thinks characters like Batman and Superman go past the confines of their genre:

“I feel like he’s right. But I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman. They’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man – not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”

Cue the inevitable tribalism and over reaction to those comments. In the same interview, Snyder also confirms that Superman (Henry Cavill) will take a backseat to Batman (Ben Affleck) in the new film and there’s a reason for that:

“Only in that because it’s a different Batman than the Batman that was in the Chris Nolan movies, so we have a little bit more explaining to do – and you just had a whole Superman movie. But I think only in that way, because you need to understand where Batman is with everything. And that’s more toward the beginning, but it evens back out as it goes on.”

Snyder also spoke a bit about the overall dynamic between these two future Justice League teammates:

“They’re actually opposite sides of the same coin. It’s interesting because Batman’s a man and Superman’s a god, if you think about it in those terms. So their relationship is very contentious. What Superman sees as Batman’s limits, Batman sees as Superman trying to control him, acting like an absolute dictator.”

What we went after was the humanity of each character. We tried to say, ‘What would Batman have to do to unravel Superman, and what would Superman have to do to unravel Batman?’ Their conflict is based on each others’ understanding of the other’s weakness.

The fun of that is when you’re dealing with these mythological creatures – to make them human again, bring them back to earth. And to do that you have to know the rules before you can break them. They have to go all the way to the stratosphere before you can bring them back down.”

Snyder was also recently asked about the rumor of filmmaker George Miller being offered to direct the “Man of Steel” sequel, Snyder tells “We haven’t talked about it… if I was to think he had any interest in them of course I’m happy to talk to him.”

Meanwhile actor Michael Shannon recently spoke with Larry King about his return as Zod which he played in 2013’s “Man of Steel”. Shannon says his role is akin to Russell Crowe’s post-Krypton scenes in the first film:

“It’s the same thing like in the first one with Jor-El. Russell Crowe’s character is kind of like a ghost… So I guess I’m a ghost, kind of.”

In related news, Zack’s wife Deborah Snyder has revealed that production on Warners’ “Wonder Woman” film is set to officially begin in November ahead of a June 23rd 2017 release. Snyder revealed at a Q&A panel last week (via Twitter):

“We still wanted a female director and we found Patty Jenkins, who had the right vision and the same vision that we had for the character. We’re really happy that we’re going to be going into production in November, it’s been a really great process. We’ve tried to hire as many female members of the crew as possible.”


Finally, Heroic Hollywood reports that Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress character will serve as the primary villain of the piece with the basic plot seeing the Squad assigned to prevent Enchantress from resurrecting her brother and destroying the world.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens March 25th.