Zack Snyder Talks Building DCCU Mythology in ‘Batman V Superman’, ‘Justice League’

     September 9, 2015


We’re marching ever-toward the March 2016 release of Zack Snyder‘s massive scale superhero smackdown, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the tid-bits keep trickling in. We recently got confirmation of Tao Okamato‘s role in the film and learned that Michael Shannon’s Zod will, in fact, not appear in the film with flipper hands, but perhaps as a sort of Kryptonian ghost. Now, Snyder has shared a bit about the bigger picture of how he’s approaching, not only Batman V Superman, but Justice League and the broader DC Cinematic Universe

While speaking to Yahoo about the new ‘Crash the Superbowl’ filmmaking contest, which offers the winner an opportunity to work with Snyder on a DC set, the director spoke a bit building the mythology of the DC universe in Batman V Superman, where his priorities lie in overseeing the DCCU, and his thoughts on Steven Spielberg‘s comments about the future of the superhero genre. Check out what he had to say below.


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When asked to respond to Speilberg’s recent comments that the superhero film will eventually go the way of the Western, Snyder didn’t disagree, but emphasized that the DCU is a form of American mythology.

He might not be wrong. I think it puts more pressure on us, the filmmakers, to not just crank out superhero movies for the sake of it. To me, the one thing I love working in the DC universe is that Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman are American mythology. It’s not about making a superhero, it’s a mythological universe that we live in…To me it’s about the drama, the humanity of it. Those are like Shakespearean characters, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, they have inherent drama built into their makeup.

When asked if he worries about cramming too many superheroes into Batman v Superman, Snyder said he aims to stay “central” and focus on the mythology.

I try and stay central. There’s something really fun about bringing the other characters in, but it’s really about staying central to the real core mythology is what I think the audience enjoys most.


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Snyder also broached the topic of crazy rumors, including the false one about his son playing Robin, admitting that the theories get close to the truth on occasion, but never really hit the mark.

It’s funny because every now and then someone will touch on something that’s kind of true, but the next thing they say makes me realize that they took a wild guess. They’ll say something and I’ll say “Oh snap, they must have seen the script.” And then they’ll say, “And this happens!” And then I’ll go, “They have no idea what they’re talking about.” It’s fun for everyone to speculate and take shots and think of things and try to sell it. There’s an industry in selling your guess. [People think], “I’m going to make a fake script and look like I read the real one.” What length are you willing to go?…There’s a rumor that my son is [playing] Robin. It’s not true.

Finally, Snyder clarified his responsibilities in overseeing the DCCU, saying that his priorities lie with Batman V Superman and the first two Justice League films,

I’m staying with Batman V Superman and Justice League and Justice League 2 — those are my main responsibilities, as well as producing the other movies. That’s the main line. Once you get Justice League, you’re pretty deep in it.

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