Movie News: Snyder Talks BATMAN / SUPERMAN Mythology Changes

Written by Christian Jones Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Movie News

Having calmed himself after The Watchmen debacle, Zack Snyder took time out to discuss the upcoming Batman/Superman movie with the Los Angeles TimesHe stated that the film would not be a slave to the characters' source material. Hmmm…Maybe Joel Silver’s comment last week, regarding the fact that Snyder was a “slave” to The Watchmen source material, has
subconsciously struck home?

Anyway, Snyder has promised that: "[The movie] 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!"

Snyder also addressed the extremely controversial casting of Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor saying that the portrayal of Superman's arch nemesis will reflect their approach in David Goyer and Chris Terrio's screenplay.

"We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don't know the material. So, we're casting according to what's happening in the script," he explained.

"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."

Just because an actor is nominated for an Academy Award doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re right for a particular role but I’m prepared to give Eisenberg the benefit of the doubt. At least Snyder hasn’t decided to change Lex’s gender!

The Batman/Superman movie will open in cinemas on May 6th , 2016.

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