Snyder Talks “Justice” Titles, Batman Villains

Following a press conference on Friday, Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has begun premiering around the world with the Mexico and U.S. premieres having taken place. Snyder and actors Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot have all been on hand to talk about the film and show up on the red carpet for appearances and interviews.

Speaking with Collider on Friday, Snyder revealed that at one time appearances by Batman villains The Joker and The Riddler in the film were considered but ultimately scrapped. Snyder didn’t go into the nature of how they would have been worked into the story though:

“We talked about the possibility of putting them in. [Screenwriter] Chris Terrio and I talked about it a lot and felt that their mythological presence is felt in the movie, and that’s cool, but I didn’t want to get my eye too far off the ball because I needed to spend the time, frankly, with Batman and Superman to understand the conflict.”

What that means in the final film is essentially easter eggs for fans – a question mark painted onto a wall, the already seen vandalised Robin suit, etc. We’ll see The Joker (Jared Leto) in the flesh later this Summer with “Suicide Squad”.

Snyder also spoke about the “Justice League” film indicating they haven’t settled on a proper title for the first part yet and right now it’s all finishing up preparation ahead of filming next month:

“Right now the working title is Justice League. Actually, I’m in that phase where I’ve been drawing logos and I’ve been drawing title treatments and stuff like that to try and figure out what it means, what Justice League is, visually, so we’ll see if the name evolves with this visual presentation.

The schedule’s close, it’s not quite as long, but give or take. We have a more efficient machine in England because we have a big backlot that we built for Gotham and Metropolis, so it’ll be easier to photograph than when you have to close down streets. But it’s a beautiful backlot.”

Reviews for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” are expected to hit just ahead of the film’s release around the world starting on Thursday.