I know. Marvel’s kicking DC’s @$$, Warners is grapsing desperately to catch up, Zack Snyder is a hollow, talentless hack; all the talking points for why Man of Steel 2 (AKA: Batman Vs Superman) will be handing its lunch money to Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016. But let’s put all that aside for the moment and talk about expectations. Not yours or mine, but the director’s. Snyder is talking about his own ideas, how he struck upon the notion that led to the movie known to all Batman Vs Superman, and he’s also talking about those initial screen tests for the costumes on the holy trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. (Sadly, the above image is as close as you’ll get to seeing it for yourself… For nooooooowwwwwwww…)
While talking to Forbes, the industry source for comic book movie news in my opinion, Snyder began by discussing the development of the idea for Batman Vs Superman. The story doesn’t offer much hope in terms of Snyder’s thought process – basically he just said “Batman” outloud and nothing else mattered after that – it does highlight a possible development in the film that could lead to the two heroes actually coming to blows.
“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.”
So there you go. Forget Darkseid, Brainiac or Lex Luther. Heck, forget even Mr. Mxyzptlk. The real threat to Superman is Batman. I’ll give you a minute to mock Snyder for having never read a comic before we continue….
Are you back? Good. In the next portion, Snyder talks about geeking out at seeing the first screen test of the trio of heroes. Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot weren’t there, the costumes were instead worn by stand-ins, but still, Snyder talked about feeling an iconic sense of excitement and joy at getting these three heroes together on screen, in live-action, for the first time.
“We just went through Superman’s 75th, and it was very exciting… and to me, it was just really awesome. And the idea of having the Batman 75th and the Wonder Woman 75th together is kind of an amazing thing, too. […] The thing also that’s really fascinating for me is that, even just in the tests we’ve been doing, the costumes, right? You basically have Batman and Superman — and this is without Ben [Affleck] and Henry [Cavill] in the costumes, but just like the stand-ins, just testing to see what the costumes look like. And you have them standing there and they’re standing in the same shot — and then we have Wonder Woman, you know, all three of them in the same shot. Even just for a test, you really have to go, “Wow, that’s crazy!” Not only is it the first time that I’m seeing them, it’s the first time they’ve ever existed together on screen in a movie. And that’s kind of a huge deal. Even just Batman and Superman standing next to each other… [I]t’s kind of epic. You do sort of sense the weight of the pop culture iconography jumping out of its skin when you’re standing there looking at the two of them and Wonder Woman. It’s crazy. But it’s fun. I mean, I have the first photo, I’ve got it in my archive because I was like, “Okay, I better keep this, it’s gonna be worth something,” [laughs]!”
As for when we’ll be able to get a look at the heroes, in costume, for ourselves, Snyder was cagey. Although he says that he wishes he can share everything with us right now, these projects have their own internal timing and marketing demands, and at this point he’s not even sure he’ll have art available at the annual info-dump for all nerd news more commonly known as San Diego Comic Con.
“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.”
I’d like to say that fans getting a look at the trinity for themselves will quell some of the criticism about the project, but I think we all know better, right? I, myself, will reserve judment til May 6,2016 (or at least the first trailer), and in the meantime maybe Snyder’s own excitment can rub off on us and we can find some middle ground by saying “yes, it will be, at least, interesting to see these heroes together in one big screen movie.”
We’ll have more news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie