Zack Synder Talks How Dark Knight Returns Influenced Batman V Superman

by Russ Burlingame

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During a new interview, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder said that the rather overt homaging to The Dark Knight Returns in his upcoming film is to "say thank you Frank [Miller]" for causing him to "reconnect" with comic books.

"The thing about The Dark Knight Returns that really inspired me about this movie is that when I read that comic book series in '86, I was floored by it because I felt like it promised me something," Snyder said in the interview, which is embedded below. "It challenged my fundamental notions of Batman in an amazing way. I was like 'holy s--t, this is something else.' It really sort of inspired me to reconnect with Batman as a character and comic books in general."

You can check out the full interview below.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

By Russ Burlingame

Russ Burlingame has been covering comics and pop culture since 1999. He has written for WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE, Comic Related, Newsarama, and more before settling in for the long haul at ComicBook.com back in 2011.