So anyone looking forward to the upcoming DC movies will be interested to know that Empire Magazine snagged an interview with Zack Snyder and he talked a bit about how the DC universe movies will be connecting to each other. Fortunately for those unable to or uninterested in buying an actual physical magazine, there are internet sites like ours to give you a brief overview of the juicy bits.
Perhaps the most interesting part to me is when Snyder talked about Batman’s character in the movie. This is an older Batman, in his mid-40s, who has been a vigilante for a couple decades already. He’s put a lot of criminals behind bars, including every single member of the Suicide Squad, but Superman forces him to rethink everything.
“Superman represents… a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter. He’s having a crisis of conscience. ‘Am I really just a vigilante who stalks the alleys of Gotham?’”
Of everything else I’ve read about the upcoming movies, this is probably what’s interested me the most, since it’s a very different take on the character than we’ve seen in other Batman movies.
The interview had some other revelations as well. Aquaman will make a cameo appearance, but it’ll be pretty small. Snyder said that, “You will understand he exists,” which suggests that while he’ll make an appearance, he won’t actually do anything. ‘Batman v Superman’ takes place far enough along in the Batman timeline that police commissioner James Gordon may be dead. This wasn’t confirmed but Snyder’s remarks at least seemed to admit that it could be the case. “[Batman] has lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age or disease.” Robin (or at least a Robin) as we’ve seen in the trailer, is one of those loses but Snyder uses the plural here, and since we don’t know anything about Gordon in the upcoming movies, signs apparently to point to his untimely demise.
However, probably the biggest and best news to come from the Empire interview is that Wonder Woman will finally begin filming this fall in London and the Justice League movie will begin filming Spring of 2016.
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is scheduled for release on March 25th, 2016 and ‘Suicide Squad’ is scheduled for release on August 5th, 2016.