Since the middle of the summer, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ director J.J. Abrams and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ director Zack Snyder have enjoyed an adorable little rivalry on social media, posting images and videos where these two cinematic worlds crossover. However, it turns out that Ben Affleck may be the one responsible for starting this rivalry.
Back in July right before Comic-Con, Zack Snyder posted a photo to Twitter that features Superman star Henry Cavill dressed in black with a light saber. He captioned the photo “#SuperJedi”.
A couple of days later, J.J. Abrams responded with an image of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ star John Boyega dressed as Batman, i.e. #BOYEGAMAN.
Snyder and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ set photographer then posted the following two photos online:
Abrams later went on to post this photo captioned, “THE C3PED CRUSADER”:
Time passed and Snyder later posted a photo of a Stormtrooper getting arrested by Gotham City Police.
Finally, Abrams posted a video of the Millennium Falcon that contained a hidden Batmobile.
In a recent interview with Yahoo, Ben Affleck explained how the rivalry began.
“I think it was started because J.J. [Abrams] and Colin Anderson, who is a great [camera] operator who always works on my movies, and J.J. is always trying to steal, and I’m trying to steal back, sent me a picture of the two of them wearing cheap Batman masks,” Affleck stated. “I showed it to Zack [Snyder], and said, ‘this is bulls***, we have to do something.’ And Zack had the means at his disposal to retaliate with appropriately art-directed stuff… I think it’s cool. The sort of meta-awareness of these movies, and the two directors going back and forth… I like it, it’s cool.”
We think it’s cool too! Expect to see more as filming continues for both films.