Another day, another tidbit revealed about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This time, Zack Snyder is putting to rest one of those pesky rumors that, apparently, keeps circling the film. Of course, at this point, very little real information, aside from the cast and characters, is known about the film, so it is fair to say that at least 90% of what audiences “know” at this point are nothing more than rumors. Well, if Snyder’s words are any indication, we may actually know a bit more than it seems at first glance. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, let’s get to that Robin rumor! According to Zack, Robin may not be who some believe him to be.
While speaking with Yahoo! about the annual Frito-Lay “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, Snyder was asked about the craziest rumor he has heard with respect to the upcoming big screen superhero dual. The rumor he chooses to debunk comes at a bit of surprise:
There’s a rumor that my son is [playing] Robin. It’s not true. Now there are all these images of him that people have made where he’s dressed like Robin. It’s fun to hear and see them.
This is generally the part of the piece in which we would add a photo as an example of “all these images” but apparently Google can’t find any of them, which would lead one to believe that perhaps this rumor isn’t as rampant as Snyder seems to believe it is, if one were so inclined to follow the path. Honestly, this seems as if it was a bit of a calculated move on Snyder’s part and any parent that would like their child to feel like the trending topic of the day may play the same card. However, when it comes to rumors, this one is not one that has come up in many conversations outside of Snyder’s circle. Of course, if the director really wanted to tackle a rumor, he would address that whole “Jason-Todd-Is-The-Joker” thing but, hey, maybe that one is a bit too real to discuss. After all, the director admits that fan theories have come pretty close to disclosing BvS secrets from time to time, even if those theories eventually fall apart a bit.
There are so many, it’s insanity. It’s funny because every now and then someone will touch on something that’s kind of true, but the next thing they say makes me realize that they took a wild guess. They’ll say something and I’ll say “Oh snap, they must have seen the script.” And then they’ll say, “And this happens!” And then I’ll go, They have no idea what they’re talking about. It’s fun for everyone to speculate and take shots and think of things and try to sell it.
Snyder does have a bit of a point there. Since the rise of the superhero movie around the beginning of the millennium, Hollywood seems to be absolutely intent on keeping their cards as close to the vest as possible. Every major studio wants to make sure that their movies hold plenty of surprises and while movies during the Golden Age of comic book movies, like Blade and X-Men, didn’t seem to care all that much about security or surprises, things changed once Iron Man decided to treat fans to that very first Avengers Easter Egg. You know the one.
If that one doesn’t still get you pumped, you may be dead inside.
Well, those days of fan theories with respect to superhero movies may be coming to an end, if you believe Steven Spielberg, as he feels that the superhero genre is about to go the way of the western. When asked if he held a similar belief, Snyder almost agreed, though he feels that the movies he is making in the DC Expanded Universe will withstand the test of time.
He might not be wrong. I think it puts more pressure on us, the filmmakers, to not just crank out superhero movies for the sake of it. To me, the one thing I love working in the DC universe is that Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman are American mythology. It’s not about making a superhero, it’s a mythological universe that we live in. That I hope stands the test of time. They stood the test of time. That’s hopefully the sort of magic bullet. But who knows what audiences will want in the future.
Fair enough. After all, the movies that DC and Marvel are currently making are modern day mythological tales and if there is anything that we humans love, it’s mythology. Snyder couldn’t help but separate himself from the House of Ideas, though, and he offered a quick dig at Marvel’s latest addition to its Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man.
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?
For anyone who remains a fan of Damon Wayans after his recent…controversial support of Bill Cosby, don’t fret – Snyder wasn’t referring to Blankman, so no reboot, just making a comment regarding the “-Man” of the week, unlike Superman or Batman, somehow. Figured that deserved clarification.
There are plenty of people who feel that Zack Snyder is a very competent director who may manage to create a universe of films that wind up becoming as iconic as Richard Donner’s Superman back in 1978 but only time will tell if his approach to his superhero filmmaking will stand the test of time.
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What is the best rumor you have heard about BvS? Do you feel that DC’s Expanded Universe films stand a better chance of holding up than those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?