Zack Snyder defends controversial casting choices for Superman and Batman film

By Daniel S Levine,

When director Zack Snyder isn’t defending movies he made five years ago, the Man of Steel director is defending work he hasn’t even finished yet. In a new interview, Snyder defended his controversial casting choices for Man of Steel’s sequel, which will pair Henry Cavill’s Superman with a new Batman played by Ben Affleck.

Snyder sat down with The Los Angeles Times and said that filming on the project will start “in a month or so” and he’s “very excited.” He also explained some of his off-beat casting choices, from Affleck as an older Batman to Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.

Affleck and the others were cast to fit characters in the script, which fans haven’t seen, Snyder explained. “And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting.”

Snyder understands the importance of canon and what these characters mean to fans, but he’s confident in their abilities. “This guy’s the real deal,” he said of Eisenberg, noting that he was nominated for an Oscar (for The Social Network).

While Snyder agrees that he is listening to fan dialogue, he hopes they realize that Warner Bros. is not restricting him.

“[The movie] literally takes the Man of Steel and Batman universes and explodes them,” he said. “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.”

In other words, look for Batman vs. Superman to be its own story. Snyder and his crew clearly want to leave their own mark on the DC universe.

Snyder was also in the news today for defending his 2009 movie Watchmen, which was based on the Alan Moore novel.

Batman vs. Superman hits theaters in May 2016.

image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons



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