Earlier this week, a rumor surfaced that Warner Bros. wants Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder to add more of Ben Affleck's Batman, while taking out some scenes with Henry Cavill's Superman. Since this project was originally set to be a sequel to 2013's Man of Steel, the news surprised some fans. During an interview with The Daily Beast, Zack Snyder confirmed that there will be more Batman towards the beginning, but it will eventually "even out." Here's what he had to say, when asked about the rumor.
"Only in that because it's a different Batman than the Batman that was in the Christopher 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."
It was confirmed over Comic-Con that Batman's home city of Gotham is a neighboring city to Superman's Metropolis. The epic battle at the end of Man of Steel destroyed Wayne Tower, which is, in part, how this conflict between these iconic superheroes gets started. Zack Snyder goes onto breaks down the heroes' philosophical differences.
"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."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice kicks off what will be the start of a massive cinematic universe for Warner Bros.' DC Comics movies, including Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and a two-part Justice League adventure. This cinematic universe seems to be following the same type of model set forth by Marvel, but the director revealed this cinematic universe is different, comparing these heroes to "mythological" entities. He also gave credit to Christopher Nolan for setting the stage for this DC Universe to happen, while playfully dissing Marvel's latest adventure.
"It's a tricky process, setting up the DC universe, or Justice League. The credit goes to Chris Nolan because he set the die for the DC Universe in a great way that I tried to emulate. I look at it as more being mythological than, say, bubblegum. And I think that that's appropriate for Batman and Superman because they're the most mythological of our superheroes. It goes to the mythological nature of the movies that we're making. 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?"
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will also set up Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2, arriving in 2017 and 2019, respectively, both of which will be directed by Zack Snyder. What do you think about the filmmaker's comments? Would you like to see more of Batman or more of Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.