Zack Snyder is out doing promotional rounds for this week’s release of “300: Rise of an Empire” which he wrote and produced. Of course people don’t really want to know about that film as every outlet is focused on his immediate next project – the “Batman vs. Superman” film.
Speaking with The Los Angeles Times, Snyder confirmed that they are “getting ready to start shooting in a month or so” which quells some heated debate about when actual filming on the project is slated to begin.
Asked about fan reaction to the casting decisions, Snyder says:
“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! This guy’s the real deal.”
When it comes to other aspects of the film, Snyder comes off like a gushing fanboy. Talking about a costume test with the main suits he says:
“As a fan, it’s an amazing opportunity. You know, 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.’ We slightly dork out. Like, ‘Are you kidding me?!'”
Expect the mythology of both characters to get redrawn in the new film:
“[The movie] literally takes the ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman’ universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology. In ‘Man of Steel,’ we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too – now that you’ve got these characters – to now let ’em loose. That’s fun!”
“Batman Vs. Superman” is currently scheduled for release on May 6th 2016.