Thursday, April 17, 2014

Zack Snyder Says After MAN OF STEEL Finished BATMAN Came Up and Didn't Go Away So He Became a Part of the Sequel


In Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder retold the origin of Superman and brought back a classic villain with Zod. It was a tall mountain to climb especially after the failure(s) of Superman Returns. Snyder scored big with his Man of Steel film. Specifically, he scored over $668 million in the worldwide box office on a reported budget of $225 million. Movies are about making money and Superman did just that.

This meant sequel and at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Superman would finally be seen on the big screen and in the same movie as Batman. The not-officially-titled Batman vs. Superman title was then born.

While Batman vs. Superman was delayed until May 6, 2016, the film is now getting ready to start full production in Detroit. But how did the Man of Steel sequel go about adding Batman into the equation? In a new interview with Snyder, Forbes.com has that answer.

"...[A]fter 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."

So when Batman's name came up in conversations, it never went away because it is too good of an idea to have Superman's next foe be The Bat. Makes perfect sense! Besides this tidbit, there are a few other teasers for Batman vs. Superman, in the Forbes interview, including that Snyder has the new suits for Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman on his office wall. Someone please sneak a picture! 

To read the rest of Forbes' interview, click right here.


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