When Man of Steel came out in 2012, it came under heavy fire for the huge amount of destruction in the film's final act, which critics and fans alike saw as very un-Superman like conduct. Director Zack Snyder has been defending the decision ever since, citing the incident as a key plot point in this year's Batman v Superman, and when he was quizzed on the issue by Famous Monsters of Filmland, his stance hadn't changed.
"I stand by it, because for me, I’ve always said when I was working on Watchmen — and maybe it’s sort of left over from a Watchmen philosophical sort of thing — that there should be consequences to superheroes’ interaction with the earth. And that was kind of the way that we approached Man Of Steel. I wanted a big consequence to Superman’s arrival on earth. Certainly, Batman v Superman sort of cashes in all its chips on the ‘why’ of that destruction".
In the same interview, Snyder also promised that the long awaited bout between the Dark Knight and Man of Steel would deliver the goods.
"The discovery of the story is that Batman fights Superman. Now move your superhero chess pieces so that can happen. And it can happen in a credible and interesting way. … It’s just incredibly satisfying and fun to dig into these two mythological characters and find a through line that allows them to come into conflict in a way that not only is philosophically satisfying, but also physically real". Sounds good to us!
Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Laurence Fishburne and Amy Adams, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will arrive in UK and US cinemas on March 25, 2016.
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