Batman v. Superman director Zack Snyder recently discussed his vision for The Dark Knight at a Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony honoring Batman co-creator, the late Bob Kane. Snyder goes into detail about Batman’s allure, and what he wanted in his new version, and the decision to skew older with the casting of Ben Affleck.
Comic Book Resources covered the presser. Snyder went into some detail about his inspiration for his Batman creation, and how it was spawned directly from Kane:
“He wasn’t really the Batman I had imagined. Bob really had put him there in my mind, through years of TV shows, comic books, movies. I realized that we all — every single one of us — has a Batman, an imaginary Batman, in our minds, lurking in the shadows.”
Zack Snyder also discussed what makes Batman stand out, and goes on to discuss his desire to make a more “fabric-based” Dark Knight:
“Batman, unlike Superman or Wonder Woman or Flash, is a guy without powers,” Snyder said. “He’s a man. He’s all of us. I think that’s it. We all carry around a hero inside of ourselves every day. It’s that guy. It’s Batman. I thank Bob for that. We all owe him a debt of gratitude. In that hero that we carry around, we realize that the hero is us, because he’s just the man. In truth, we are all the Batman.”
“I had a really strong idea about what I wanted to do — I really wanted to do sort of a fabric-based Batman; not what’s become the more normal, armored Batman. That’s how we evolved it.”
I like the fabric-based description of Snyder’s Batman, and it will be nice to see a more mythological creation this time around as a departure from Christopher Nolan’s own vision. Nolan had his moment, made some brilliant work, and now with the DC Universe cranking up, it makes sense to see an older, different version of Batman head off in a different direction.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 2016.
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