When fans heard that Batman and Superman would be joining forces on the big screen for the sequel to ‘Man of Steel’, they immediately started calling it ‘World’s Finest’. After all, it’s a pretty good title that served the comic book world pretty well. Also, it was short, sweet, and to the point. Alas, director Zack Snyder went a different way with DC and Warner Bros’ upcoming superhero flick and much to the shock of everyone, it was named ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Now, the filmmaker has his chance to explain himself for the mouthful that he has unleashed upon the world.
Earlier today, after seeing pictures of Ben Affleck’s Batman and Clark Kent already, USA Today revealed the first picture of Superman from the next DC Comics’ live action adaptation. Along with the photo, Snyder participated in a new interview to offer some new insight into the movie. But before we get into that, here’s the latest picture of Henry Cavill donning familiar blue and red attire that looks as if it belongs in the ad campaign for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’:
After mentioning the challenges of Superman in the film and the collaborativeness between the filmmaker and his star, Snyder switched topics to Batman by sharing that he initially intended to make an adaptation of Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ one day. However, while developing his current project, the Caped Crusader just fit in with what was going on, so he went with it despite Christopher Nolan’s recent vision of the character:
“I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie, but on the other hand it seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in.”
Then, he finally goes into the business about the title. While he doesn’t go into any details about the heroes’ relationship in the film, Snyder says that using a “V” instead of “Vs.” is meant “to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way”. Wait, what? That doesn’t make sense at all. Both indicate some sort of confrontation except one is specifically in a courtroom. Unless he actually means we’re getting ’12 Angry Men’ with superheroes (and at the rate that they’re adding more characters like Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and Aquaman, we very well could be), then it all makes sense, but otherwise it’s just an unnecessarily long title that is in no way subtle.
What do you think about the first picture of Superman from ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’? More importantly, how do you feel about Zack Snyder’s explanation of the title of his follow up to ‘Man of Steel’? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Jesse Eisenberg hits theaters on May 6, 2016.