Zack Snyder says BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN’ “literally explodes” the COMICS MYTHOLOGY

Zack Snyder.

Zack Snyder’s back, having opinions, insights and such. The Poor Man’s Joss Whedon has recently opened up about the fan reactions to the casting of Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, and a whole litany of other things. Most interesting is his TOTALLY GNARLY TAKE on the DCU, noting that Batman vs. Superman LITERALLY (he loves that word) EXPLODES THE COMICS UNIVERSES. BOOM.

Batman vs. Superman starts filming in about a month and director Zack Snydercouldn’t be happier. In a new interview, the director talks about geeking out when he’s in the same room as the new suits, and discusses the backlash over his casting decisions such as Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Ben Affleck as Batman. Most interestingly though, he says the film “explodes” the universes of each character because they’re “not as tied to the mythology.”  Read his quotes below.

Snyder said the following in an interview with the Los Angeles Times:

[Batman vs. Superman] 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. That’s fun!

At the Times, Snyder also talks about the backlash to his casting: “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.” So definitely head there to read more.

Back to the point at hand, what could the director possibly mean when he says the film “explodes” the universes and the film is “not as tied to the mythology?” For context, it’s important to realize, in the same interview, Snyder says “I know the canon.” That leads me to believe what he means is the Batman vs. Superman story isn’t specifically based on any one comic book. It’s not like he made Bruce Wayne a superhuman or something. This isn’t a direct adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns. Surely, it’s respectful to the essence of each character, but simply takes them in a new, original direction. Therefore, the “explosion” analogy could mean the script takes each character to a place where they can’t continue without the help of the other.


Truth though?

There is this persistent, unslayable little munchkin that sits at the back of my consciousness. Every once in a while it’ll lick my earlobe. My attention gotten, my arousal imminent, this fucking munchkin convinces me that BvS is going to be good. For everyone who casts me as a Zack Snyder Hater (and I am!), I must confess that I’m not going to stop believing ever-so-slightly that the movie is going to surprise me. I blame the munchkin. This childish monster cannot be slain, no matter how many head scratching things Snyder can say in the press.