Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is just a couple of months away, but the director is already fielding some criticism for apparently revealing a bit too much in the marketing. Sure, it would have been a great reveal for fans to see Doomsday take on the gathered superheroes in the actual movie, but that particular comic book monster is already out of the bag. So whether it’s spin or a serious attempt to assuage fans’ fears, Snyder shared his thoughts on the movie’s marketing and how they’re handling the mythology of one of DC Comics’ most notorious characters.
In a chat with The Daily Beast, Snyder revealed more of his plans for the highly anticipated superhero smash-up. After presumably revealing the film’s Big Bad in a recent trailer for Batman v Superman, Snyder responded to the criticism that there wouldn’t be any surprises left for audiences:
“I know what’s in the movie, so I know there’s other stuff,” Snyder laughed. “We had a long conversation about just taking ownership of that, of giving it to the audience in a controlled way that I felt was consistent with the escalation of the campaign.”
After suggesting that Doomsday – one of the most infamous of Superman’s antagonists – wouldn’t be the biggest enemy the DC heroes face, Snyder further elaborated on the supervillain and how they’ll handle his existence in Batman v Superman and future films:
“Well, you have Doomsday, right? He doesn’t just crawl out of the ground. He has his own mythology, right? So that has to be explored.
To us it really made sense to give [Doomsday] to the audience now. I really wanted to make the audience a promise that… though I’m super excited and happy and fulfilled by the conflict of Batman and Superman, there’s also a bigger world to start to think about.”
That bigger world is, of course, DC’s Cinematic Universe, one that is attempting to model itself after Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (whether they admit it or not) and one which Snyder shepherds:
“It is constantly evolving, but we’re starting to get a handle on where we’re going with the world,” he said. “That’s fun because it allows us now to be driving toward a goal that we don’t have to make up as much. The rules can be the rules, and the movie can exist in a closed universe… it allows us to tie things together. If there’s a movie over here doing this, and we’re over here doing this, now we’re all on the same page.
“It allows for a coherent universe, which is important,” he added. “I think that makes the experience a little more satisfying because we know where we’re going, so the misdirects can be stronger and the reveals can be bigger.”
So is this version of Doomsday a misdirect? Since we’re assuming that the Doomsday we saw is a result of Lex Luthor messing around with the dead Zod’s Kryptonian genetics, there’s every chance that the version we saw in the trailer is a red herring when it comes to the final battle. However that conflict shakes down, Snyder will next look ahead to his Justice League films and beyond. Along with screenwriter Chris Terrio, they have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about the impact on the real world when villains like Zod and Doomsday arrive, and equally so when Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman join up with The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg:
“The great thing about having Chris Terrio as the writer of this project is it’s hard to get him not to do that. It’s in his DNA,” he said. “When we talk about it in mythological terms we’re always talking about, what does it mean to the world? What does it mean mythologically to us, now? What is the why of all of it?
“Those conversations are a big part of the genesis of all of the ideas,” he continued. “It also offers an opportunity because you have now a variety of perspectives on a single issue. That allows the conversation to be bolder and more lively in the debate, because of these varied points of view.”
Personally, it sounds like a lot of rhetoric without much substance behind it. Maybe Snyder’s just not the best person to be explaining these behind-the-scenes decisions and comic book mythologies. Then again, maybe he’s doing his best to keep from spoiling anything else in the film and has decided that it’s just better to let the movie speak for itself when it opens on March 25th.