Unless you are living off the grid, you know the name Zack Snyder. The man behind the rebirth of Superman in last summer’s blockbuster Man of Steel, and also the man who will be bringing Batman and Superman onto the big screen for the first time ever in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, currently known as Superman vs Batman. The LA Times recently interviewed Snyder and got his reactions on several topics.
When asked about when shooting would begin Snyder replied, “We’re getting ready to start shooting in a month or so. It’s going great. I’m very excited. It’s very fun to get into this world with different heroes coexisting in the same universe, but a lot of balls in the air as they say. As a fan, it’s an amazing opportunity. You know, Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together. So it’s an interesting historical thing.”
The casting choices Snyder has made have been a bone of contention with fans from the very beginning. First, the announcement of Ben Affleck as Batman, then Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and now Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Fans are in an outcry trying to figure out how these actors can do their favorite heroes and villains justice on the big screen.
When Snyder was asked what he thought of the opinions he declared, “There are two ways to think about it. 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. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint. I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let’s not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy! This guy’s the real deal. By the way, in looking at all the talk-back, you can get all different perspectives in there too. Some people are hating to hate.”
He also touches on the influence, if any, that reading the fan comments and complaints has on his story or thought process in the making of the film. “It 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!”
As a Superman kid since early childhood, I was very pleased with how he brought the Superman story to life in Man of Steel. So whether I’m doubtful of any of the casting or not, I’m willing to wait and see what happens.
As a general rule of thumb, I enjoy Ben Affleck’s movies (and no, Daredevil does not count, but Argo totally does), I am not extremely familiar with Gal Gadot, and up until I saw Now You See Me, Jesse Eisenberg was on the short list of actors who annoy me for no real apparent or discernible reason. But for now, I’ll put all that aside and let Zack Snyder do what he does best and hope that I’m as thrilled with the outcome as I was with Man of Steel.
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