Zack Snyder– who recently sat down with Hero Complex to discuss a variety of Batman Vs. Superman topics, such as fan reaction to casting and when shooting will begin- gave something of an explanation of why we are all so confused over the news coming out of the pre-production. “What explanation could he have for Ben Affleck as Batman, or Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor?!” I hear you scream at your computer screen in a violent fit of rage. Well, because the Man of Steel sequel plans of “explode” the universes that we know and love, and create something new entirely.
What’s left many of us scratching our heads (to put it lightly), is the off the wall roles that have been cast in this movie. The reason we aren’t as behind them as Snyder and Warner Bros are, apparently, is because we don’t know the material.
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.
Now, most people would then begin to question how the material could be so completely different from what we’re used to. Don’t worry, Snyder goes on to cover that as well, saying that what we’ll be seeing on screen won’t be “not as tied to the mythology.”
[The movie] literally takes the “Man of Steel” and “Batman” universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology. In “Man of Steel,” we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose.
I’m not entirely sure what all of this means, but I’m going to try to keep my mind open about this whole Batman Vs. Superman thing. Are we going to see something of an overhaul to classic characters like Lex, and things we’ve never seen on screen before like Batfleck? I guess we’re going to have to wait and see, but in addition to letting us know that they begin shooting “in a month or so,” he did give us some reassurance in his reaction to seeing the Bat-suit and Super-suit together for the first time.
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.
Hopefully, it won’t be long till we see the Bat-suit, and the Wonder Woman costume, and the changes to the Super-suit, for that matter. What do you think of Snyder’s comments? Do you feel more at ease, or are you ready to just give up on this thing before it even starts shooting? Let us know!