Dawn Of Justice is coming to give us the DCU superhero pow-wow we’ve all been waiting for and nerds everywhere are pumped but worried about the film having way too many characters featured to begin with. I mean don’t get us wrong, we love us an ultra-crossover as much as anyone, but with Doomsday, General Zod and (possibly) Bizzaro #1 already in the roster, we can’t help but worry that the 2-and-a-half-hour runtime might stretch the film way too thin. At least Zack Snyder seems to agree with this point, if the recently released interview tidbit is anything to go by…
In the ultra-short clip from a recent director interview given to Collider, Snyder seems to be choosing his words carefully, focusing on the
“mythological presence of the supervillains”
when referencing the Joker and Riddler cameos that were cut from the final draft of the Dawn Of Justice script. Apparently, an earlier vision for the crossover film did indeed include the two villains playing a part in the overall plot, but we’re going to go with our gut here and guess that it wasn’t too plot-critical and was more of a gimmick to hint at a larger shared continuity that would hint at the newest series of Batman films that Warner Bros. are certain to have in the works.
The director says that he wanted to focus on the conflict between the world’s mightiest mortal and the last son of Krypton, which, let’s face it, needs to be front and center during the entire thing. Supervillain cameos are great, but unless they serve any other purpose than just making nerds giddy, we can’t really blame them from cutting them from the final version. Besides, the Joker and the Riddler aren’t exactly prelude-to-cosmic-punchout material and would probably be wasted if they were used as throwaway shots for introducing the audience into how much of a badass Batman actually is.
Whichever consideration factored into the decision for cutting the two supervillains out of the film, we understand and support it; too many suits spoil the brawl, after all and a tighter, more action-packed story that leads into a wider, better, bigger cinematic universe will make for a better payout in the long run.