Warning: This article contains major Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice spoilers. If you have not seen the film yet, do not proceed any further.
Say what you like about Batman v. Superman's pacing and editing, but at least director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio brought a refreshingly serious tone to the often joke-filled genre and made some bold storytelling choices. The most significant of these bold decisions was killing off Superman, which is something executive producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) wasn't initially on board with.
“It was pretty early, and Nolan and I had long conversation about it, a really great, sort of philosophical conversation about it,” Snyder told Collider. “He was really cool because he played an amazing devil’s advocate about why not to do it, and then in the end was like, ‘No you’re right, it’s better to do it.’”
No matter what, Snyder's goal was to get Superman out of the way, so that Batman could have the sole responsibility of assembling the Justice League in the upcoming film. Though, he did toy with an alternate solution to getting rid of the Man of Steel.
“We had a version that we talked about where [Superman] just—this isn’t it, but where he got frozen and shot into space or something, so he’s kinda gone,” he explained. “ Because one of the big things I wanted to make sure of was that as we went into Justice League, Bruce Wayne was the one who was gathering the Justice League. I thought it was really important to have Bruce Wayne be the samurai who goes and finds the other samurai, that to me was important. And with Superman around it’s kinda hard, because Superman’s Superman so it’s kinda hard for Bruce to be like, ‘Yeah I wanna put a Justice League together’. It’s like, ‘Okay, but maybe Superman should be doing that. You’re just a guy. You’re a cool guy, don’t get me wrong, but you’re just a guy.’”
Listen to Snyder's comments in the video below.
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