In a recent exclusive interview with Forbes, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder talked about the development and impending shoot for the Superman reboot’s forthcoming sequel, which may or may not be titled Batman Vs. Superman, among many topics of interest to fans of comics and superhero films.
One of the subjects that inevitably came up was exactly how the idea of pitting Superman against Batman in the much-anticipated sequel first came into being.
You can read what he had to say below.
“I gotta be honest, it definitely was a thing that”¦ after 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.”
One of the aspects of the big screen match-up between DC Comics’ two most popular superheroes that fans have been waiting to glimpse is the release of the redesigned Batman outfit that star Ben Affleck will be donning. When pressed for any info as to when the first photos of Affleck in the new suit will be unveiled Snyder offered no answers:
“Unfortunately, I don’t even know the timeline”¦ Because the movie takes place so far from now, it’s hard to know exactly. That all gets tied to marketing and strategies for the movie. It’s not just a free-for-all, which I’d love it to be. Because I take a picture of the suit with my camera– I’m actually staring at one right now in my office. And it’s just massive on my wall in my office and it’s epic, let me tell you! And I’m like, ‘God, I want to send this to the Internet immediately.’ But I know I’m not allowed to [laughs]! I do value the sort of excitement of the way the film is [revealed]”¦ the pieces that are released and sort of trickle out to everybody, and those reveals are exciting milestones for us.”
Check out the full interview in which Snyder also talks about how he first discovered Batman and how his 2009 adaptation of Watchmen helped to set the stage for last year’s darker reimagining of Superman (as well as his recently ignited online rivalry with filmmaker Terry Gilliam) over at Forbes.
Man of Steel 2 – a.k.a Batman Vs. Superman (or as I prefer to call it, Man of Steel and Batman Too!) – also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Laurence Fishburne, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The super-powered sequel opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.