Director Zack Snyder says the Batman v Superman audience didn’t want the bitter and tough crime fighter from The Dark Knight Returns.
With the upcoming release this week of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, director Zack Snyder reflected on the movie that set the scene, 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first live-action matchup of the iconic heroes.
The moment in Batman v superman in which the two heroes fight is based on their confrontation in 1986 The Dark Knight Returns miniseries, which featured an older, tougher Batman, embittered by loss. Regarding the reaction to the film, Snyder said The New York Times that three decades later, movie fans had less of an appetite for that version of Batman.
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“Could be. And that’s okay too. I don’t have a hunting dog,” Snyder said. “When I made Watchers, it is deconstructionist. It is a movie that puts holes in your heroes. Y BvS is the same. It’s supposed to say, ‘Oh, Batman is drunk and taking painkillers and he’s sleeping with an anonymous girl.’ He is a broken person. He dresses as a bat and goes out at night and hits people. He has problems ‘”.
He continued, “I think the movie came to a point where everyone was saying, ‘Oh, we don’t want that Batman. We want Batman to be the warrior monk who’s cool.’ And personally I’m fine with that.”
Zack Snyder’s Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ray Porter as Darkseid, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The film hits HBO Max on March 18.
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