Zack Snyder Asked Christopher Nolan's Permission to Make Batman v Superman

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 2:53PM
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 2:53PM
Zack Snyder Asked Christopher Nolan's Permission to Make Batman v Superman
Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy still feels like it happened yesterday, because it sort of did. The last Batman series just ended in 2012, but here we are, gearing up for yet another take on the Caped Crusader. Nolan is still heavily involved in the DC movie universe, having served as an executive producer on Man of Steel. So when Zack Snyder was considering making Batman v Superman, he asked for Nolan's blessing, particularly to place the two heroes in opposition with each other and make Batman "essentially the bad guy."

This was Nolan's reaction, according to Empire:

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"You tell me if you don't want me to do it," Snyder told Nolan. After a silence, Nolan said, "Well, we don't own these characters. When you're done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them]."
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This isn't exactly a ringing endorsement, but rather Nolan accepting that this character is going to be used and re-used in ways that make money. 

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"I think he found it a little bit hard," Snyder said. "I would feel the same way."
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It's also telling that he was an executive producer on Man of Steel, but then served in an "advisory capacity" on Batman v Superman, without any kind of official producing credit. It's possible that he was too busy to work on the film, but it's also possible that he was not pleased with the increasingly controversial portrayal of Batman as a cruel sadist, and possibly a murderer.

But still, Snyder insists that he's telling an intimate, character-driven superhero story, so maybe it's too early to tell whether Batman is done justice or not.

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"In a lot of ways Batman v Superman is a very personal concept," he said. "It is just two people trying to understand each other's point of view."
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Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25.
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