Earlier today, Steve interviewed Zack Snyder at the press junket for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and asked about how close the film came to getting the Joker. Here’s the video:
The Joker and The Riddler both came close to being in this movie. We talked about the possibility of putting them in. [Screenwriter] Chris Terrio and I talked about it a lot and felt that their mythological presence is felt in the movie and that’s cool, but I didn’t want to get my eye too far off the ball because I needed to spend the time, frankly, with Batman and Superman to understand the conflict.
It’s interesting that both villains were on the table for the movie. I haven’t seen Batman v Superman, so I don’t know if they would have fit into the present of the story or into flashbacks, but either way, it could have been a major curveball for the DCCU.
For starters, it means that the casting call and the design of the Joker falls to Snyder instead of Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer, and maybe we don’t get Jared Leto to play the Clown Prince of Crime. We would also get the first big screen incarnation of the Riddler since Jim Carrey played the role 21 years ago in Batman Forever.
These are fascinating “What Ifs”, but I understand why the characters didn’t make the final cut. If this is supposed to be a movie about Batman and Superman, you can’t tilt the table too heavily in the Caped Crusader’s favor when it comes to focus. That makes me hopeful about the finished film, and I’m eager to see how it all comes together.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.