Zack Snyder on why he included Batman in Man Of Steel sequel

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3 Jul 2014 - 10:45

Zack Snyder has explained why he opted for Batman in his Man Of Steel follow-up. Plus a new image of Henry Cavill as Superman.

Production is now well underway on Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel follow-up, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. And Snyder's given a fresh interview to USA Today, where he's been chatting about the film.

Firstly, he focuses on Henry Cavill's Superman, arguing that, "we've both created this guy, and we can push him around a little bit", adding that Cavill is more comfortable playing the role of the Man Of Steel for a second time.

But why stick Batman in there? "I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie", Snyder said, "but on the other hand it seemed to organise the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in". It's deliberate, too, that we're not seeing a gradually introduced Batman this time around, with Snyder opting to rely on the character's mythology instead of re-establishing him. "It's cooler to see a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys", he added.

The most intriguing titbit relates to the title. For a long time, it was believed that the new film would be called Batman Vs Superman. But then they went with Batman V Superman instead. The reason? "To keep it from being a straight versus movie, even in the most subtle way".

The full interview is here. And Warner Bros has also released a new photo - albeit heavily Photoshopped - of Cavill as Superman. You can see that below. Is that the new Gotham City in the background too?

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