300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters this Thursday and writer and producer Zack Snyder is doing the publicity rounds. Earlier today, we brought you his response to Joel Silver's recent comments about Snyder's big screen take on Alan Moore and David Gibbons' Watchmen. Now, Snyder has spoken with The LA Times, where he dropped a few details about the status of the much anticipated Batman vs. Superman.
"We’re getting ready to start shooting in a month or so," Snyder says. "It’s going great. I’m very excited... We were just testing the suits, right? The new Batsuit and the Superman suit. It wasn’t even with the actors, right? It was just to see ‘em. I was standing there, they were standing next to each other and I was like, 'Guys, someone take a picture! This has never happened before!'"
Snyder goes on to discuss the shared continuity of the 2016 release, hinting that the big screen release won't necessarily adhere to any specific comic book storylines.
In 'Man of Steel,' we had to create an origin story," he continues, "a mythology. There’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun! ...[it] literally takes the 'Man of Steel' and 'Batman' universes and explodes them."
Set to feature the return of Man of Steel's Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne, Batman vs. Superman features Ben Affleck debuting as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Although more names are expected to be confirmed in the near future, Snyder says that online comments are, to him, a mixed bag.
"We know the material," he promises. "Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint."