Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Costumes And Online Outrage Over Casting
Director Zack Snyder has been making the rounds today. Earlier we heard him and his wife address Joel Silver’s comments about how Terry Gilliam‘s version of Watchmen would have been far superior to what he did in 2009 (which you can read here) and they talked about the leaks that have gone on regarding Batman vs. Superman (here). Well tonight the director is talking more specifically about the highly-anticipated and recently delayed Batman and Superman film. The director talks about geeking out when he saw the Dark Knight‘s new costume and the Man of Steel‘s updated costume, and how he feels about all the fan outrage online over casting decisions.
Speaking with the L.A. Times Hero Complex, Snyder revealed he will begin filming on the movie in about a month’s time. Part of what the director finds so fun about this project is the fact he gets to show these heroes existing in the same universe. He talks about geeking out as just a fan. He tells the site “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?!’”
One thing Snyder has had to deal with on this film is the vociferous fan response when casting was announced. Batfleck went through an unprecedented level of outrage, then Gal Gadot had to deal with internet haters. Jesse Eisenberg is having a slightly better time, but he’s still having it rough. Snyder just wants fans to chill out:
There are two ways to think about it. 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. By the way, in looking at all the talk-back, you can get all different perspectives in there too. Some people are hating to hate. Some people — someone did some fan art. And you look underneath and someone wrote, “I guess I can see it.” Honestly, are you kidding me? Just stop it! It’s reassuring and frustrating at the same time.
While Snyder does pay attention to what folks are saying online, he’s not paying it much attention. He says he’s just chugging along and making the movie he set out to make and will let it speak for itself. He finishes off by teasing how Batman vs. Superman will blow the DC Universe wide open. He ends things by stating the film “literally takes the “Man of Steel” and “Batman” universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology…now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!” This film definitely has to be one of the most talked about films that isn’t even coming out for almost two years, so you have to give Snyder some points for that. With production beginning in earnest in a few months, hopefully our first official look at the costumes that sent Snyder into a tizzy gets released soon. What do you think about the director’s comments?
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