New feature on Zack Snyder and more go into detail on how Batman v Superman will map out the DC Extended Universe, dubbed “The Snyderverse”
If you just came out of the theatre in 2013 after watching Man of Steel, you were probably freaking out over a Wayne Enterprises Satellite, or maybe the brief clip of LexCorp. Perhaps even something more subtle, like the Blaze Comics building. Regardless, these little references or easter eggs made you completely giddy for more, because they confirmed that Man of Steel existed in a much larger universe.
That became true, with the upcoming sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, Batman v Superman was delayed for over a year. Why? So they could focus on making the film a world-building experience, and cast several of the Justice League to prepare. So if little mentions of Wayne Enterprises made you soil your pants, you need extra prepartion for Batman v Superman.
In it, author Anthony Brezican revives investigate journalism and takes to the producers and even the director himself, Zack Snyder, for the exclusive scoop on how Batman v Superman will introduce the Justice League. We’ll only give you the bullet points for now, since the article is thousands of words long. You can read the full article by clicking the link above.
Breznican goes on to explain how Snyder himself is nothing but cheerful to be finally having the opportunity to create the stories he’s grown up with on screen.
Zack Snyder, who also directed the BvS predecessor, 2013’s Man of Steel, has a bizarre attitude about it all. He appears to be having, like … fun. The 300 and Watchmen director is a key figure in this forthcoming slate of DC movies (referred to by many on the team as “the Snyderverse”). The ones he isn’t directing, he’s producing, along with his wife and production partner Deborah Snyder. It’s the family business, and just days after putting the finishing touches on BvS, he’s about to board a London-bound plane to prep Justice League. Still, the lean, tattooed 50-year-old filmmaker seems as buoyant as a birthday boy who has just ripped open a box full of his favorite action figures – and still has lots more to unwrap.
If there’s any lesson to be learned here, it’s hard work and determination. Snyder got his blessing from Frank Miller to adapt The Dark Knight Returns almost 10 years ago, after 300. So here we are, finally getting the armored Batman we deserve going head to head with Superman in a battle of the ages. But how does this map out the DC Universe exactly?
Snyder pitched Man of Steel’s sequel by not only having Batman exist, but the entire DC Universe. The studio instantly lit up, realizing that they’ve finally found the guy who understood what they needed to craft a successful franchise from this delicate mythology.
Knowing every move was also Synder’s job as he plotted the five year’s worth of DC movies that would expand from BvS. “I pitched it to the studio like, ‘Listen, the idea is that Batman exists within the universe of Superman.’ And I go, ‘Guys, here’s the headline: Not just if Batman exists, guess what? Wonder Woman, the whole group,” Snyder says. The Flash. Cyborg. Aquaman. He says the studio’s reaction was: “About time.”
With the studio on board to create this cinematic universe, the focus was set in perfecting each movie and giving the stories the treatment they deserve. WB went far more strategic than Marvel, asking themselves how they push the audience along with the story.
“You have to get each individual movie right, and that’s been our focus. We pushed the release date of Batman v Superman to March. It was supposed to be out last year,” says Silverman. “The gift of time that [we gave it] allowed it to live up to its full potential, and for anybody else thinking of doing it, that’s the thing to do. Every movie has to be treated as if it’s the only movie — while you’re falling in love with how they’re all going to connect.”
Warner Bros has cast almost every Justice League and important DC character yet, but one thing they’ve been mum on is Green Lantern, one of the most important pieces of DC’s cosmic universe. They still haven’t quite figured out how to bring this character to the screen properly, and in a way the audience can accept. Green Lantern’s first movie starring Ryan Reynolds wasn’t necessarily as much as a disaster as people though, but it ruined the character’s rep for a bit. Now, Silverman and DC/WB braintrust are taking it slow.
“[Green Lantern] is an incredible character. He’s actually multiple incredible characters,” Silverman says. “There’s real opportunity there. We didn’t do a great job on that first Green Lantern movie. This is a character who deserves to be treated in the same way that Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman are being treated now, which is with great reverence. I guess I can say to the Green Lantern fans: if they can be patient with us, I think they’ll be really happy.”
But how patient? Rovens says we may not see Hal Jordan, John Stewart, or any incarnation of Green Lantern until Justice League – Part Two. Maybe. “Every beat of the movie is not yet worked out. So there’s the possibility that he may or may not be in Justice League 2,” the producer says. “For now, we felt that we were introducing enough characters that the best possible place we could put Green Lantern is some introduction in Justice League 2, or barring that, a movie after.”
Despite being Green Lantern being difficult down the road, there was a hard part in the present. That was Wonder Woman, a character who has graced comic books and cartoons for 75 years but never once portrayed in a live action cinematic film. Snyder and company had to meticulously plan how just how much of Wonder Woman would be fed to audiences in Batman v Superman to make them wanting more.
“The hardest piece, and probably the most rewarding, was Wonder Woman,” Snyder says. “You have to establish her but don’t give it away; don’t cash it all in. She’s enough in the movie where you definitely feel her presence. And she makes a huge impact on the film. But there are giant mysteries still surrounding her at the end of the movie.”
“I can’t get over the fact that she’s going to be 75 years old and this is the first time she’s gracing the silver screen,” says Deborah Snyder, who’s also producing the Wonder Woman stand-alone film. “I think all these things — truth and love and wanting peace and all the things that she represents – is something that we all look up to and would want. In order for women to believe that they can do this, they have to see it.”
The rest of the article goes in-depth on how exactly the Justice League may come together, the future of Batman’s solo films and reveals the cameo of a very important Justice Leaguer, but I’ll let you guys decide if you wanna read that or not.