With 300: Rise of an Empire hitting cinema screens this week, writer and producer Zack Snyder has been doing the publicity circuit. And, let’s be honest, any reporter worth their salt that has Zack Snyder in his/her grasp simply has to bring up Batman Vs Superman… and that’s exactly what the LA Times did.
“We’re getting ready to start shooting in a month or so [and] we were just testing the suits, right? The new Batsuit and the Superman suit. It wasn’t even with the actors, right? It was just to see ‘em. I was standing there, they were standing next to each other and I was like, ‘Guys, someone take a picture! This has never happened before!'”
Regarding the story, Snyder confirmed that the story isn’t a direct lift of anything you’ve read so far: “We had to create an origin story, a mythology. 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! …[it] literally takes the ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman’ universes and explodes them.”
Regarding the casting controversy that’s been rife so far – Affleck!? Eisenbereg?!: “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 have to say, from a personal viewpoint, the more I hear from Snyder, the more I like him and, more importantly, trust him…