Bob Kane, who co-created the iconic Batman character with Bill Finger, was posthumously awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder helped honor the comic book legend at the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard. After the event, he spoke with Comic Book Resources, where he offered new details about the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which brings both Batman and Superman together on the big screen for the first time. There have been several different iterations of the Batman costume over the years, and the director reveals he had a "strong idea" of what he wanted to do with the costume right away.
"I think that's it. I had a really strong idea about what I wanted to do -- I really wanted to do sort of a fabric-based Batman; not what's become the more normal, armored Batman. That's how we evolved it."
Fans got their first look at Ben Affleck's Batman last May, when Zack Snyder revealed the first official photo of the character and his new Batmobile on his Twitter account. While this costume certainly isn't "armored," it also won't be the only costume he wears in the movie. We have seen photos and footage of Batman's heavily armored "mech" suit, which he wears while doing battle with Henry Cavill's Superman. Shortly after Ben Affleck was cast, a report surfaced that described his version of Bruce Wayne as "weary," after spending several years fighting crime in Gotham City. Here's what the director had to say about his Batman approach.
"I definitely wanted an older Batman. I wanted a war-weary Batman. That's why, in a lot of ways, Ben was really perfect for me -- we kind of aged him a little bit. It worked really great. I'm really excited about the Batman we created."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was first announced at Comic Con 2013, shortly after the release of Man of Steel. At the end of the panel, Zack Snyder brought out Harry Lennix, who recited a line from Frank Miller's iconic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, before fans were shown the Batman v Superman logo for the first time. The director revealed that The Dark Knight Returns definitely had an "influence" on his approach to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it isn't a direct adaptation.
"There are so many great artists who have drawn Batman. So many great comics that have been created -- it's countless. I was talking to Frank about it: Dark Knight Returns was such a big influence on me, that I wanted to to honor him through imagery in the movie. You could still make Dark Knight Returns into a movie, if you want. That's what I'm saying, as far as how much we used and how much we didn't use. The visual elements, there are some that I homage, but I don't think the movie [is an adaptation]."
We've included the video from the Bob Kane tribute. You can see some of Zack Snyder's speech. This is what he offered as his own personal vision of Bob Kane's creation. essentially, he called us all, 'The Batman!'
"Because Batman - unlike Superman, or Wonder Woman, or Flash - is a guy without powers. He's a man. He's all of us. I think that's it. We all carry around a hero inside of ourselves every day. It's that guy. It's Batman... In truth, we're all the Batman."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will help kick off Warner Bros.' massive slate of DC Comics movies. Just a few months after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters next March, Suicide Squad arrives on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman (June 23rd, 2017), Justice League Part 1 (November 17th, 2017), The Flash (March 23rd, 2018), Aquaman (July 27th, 2018), Shazam! (April 5th, 2019), Justice League Part 2 (June 14th, 2019), Cyborg (April 3rd, 2020) and Green Lantern Corps. (June 19th, 2020). What do you think about these new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice details?