We’re now just a tad over five months away from the arrival of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and director Zack Snyder has been dropping a few bits and pieces about the movie this week during promotional interviews with CBR and IGN, offering up a few words on Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight, the new look Batmobile, and taking inspiration from Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
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On Affleck’s Batman: “I definitely wanted an older Batman. I wanted a war-weary Batman. That’s why, in a lot of ways, Ben was really perfect for me — we kind of aged him a little bit. It worked really great. I’m really excited about the Batman we created. 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.”
On the Batmobile: “The new Batmobile is super fast and is purpose built which I like. We imagine that Batman built it over time, you know, with parts from Wayne Industries or something. He’s made it specifically for the job of fighting crime. I’m not gonna give it away, but it does a lot of cool stuff in the movie…”
And on The Dark Knight Returns: “There are so many great artists who have drawn Batman. So many great comics that have been created — it’s countless. I was talking to Frank about it: Dark Knight Returns was such a big influence on me, that I wanted to to honor him through imagery in the movie. You could still make Dark Knight Returns into a movie, if you want. That’s what I’m saying, as far as how much we used and how much we didn’t use. The visual elements, there are some that I homage, but I don’t think the movie [is an adaptation].”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016 and sees Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Harry Lennix (General Swanwick) and Christina Wren (Carrie Farris) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) as Alfred Pennyworth and Jena Malone (Sucker Punch), Holly Hunter (The Piano), Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) as Mercy Graves and Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) in as-yet-unrevealed roles.