Earlier this week, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder responded to comments made by Steven Spielberg that superhero movies were headed for a downturn. Now, Snyder is clarifying his comments, saying that characters such as Batman and Superman "transcend" the superhero genre.
“It goes to the mythological nature of the movies that we’re making,” Snyder told the Daily Beast. “I feel like he’s right. But I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman. They’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man—not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”
Snyder also touched on the recent rumors that Batman v Superman would have a lot of the former, and very little of the latter.
“Only in that because it’s a different Batman than the Batman that was in the Chris Nolan movies, so we have a little bit more explaining to do—and you just had a whole Superman movie. But I think only in that way, because you need to understand where Batman is with everything. And that’s more toward the beginning, but it evens back out as it goes on.”
“They’re actually opposite sides of the same coin,” said Snyder of the relationship between Batman and Superman. “It’s interesting because Batman’s a man and Superman’s a god, if you think about it in those terms. So their relationship is very contentious. What Superman sees as Batman’s limits, Batman sees as Superman trying to control him, acting like an absolute dictator.”
“What we went after was the humanity of each character,” Snyder continued.
“We tried to say, ‘What would Batman have to do to unravel Superman, and what would Superman have to do to unravel Batman?’ Their conflict is based on each others’ understanding of the other’s weakness. The fun of that is when you’re dealing with these mythological creatures—to make them human again, bring them back to earth. And to do that you have to know the rules before you can break them. They have to go all the way to the stratosphere before you can bring them back down.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.