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Zack Snyder to 411: “Batman V Superman Makes the DC Film Universe Possible”

October 22, 2015 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

On October 21, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that the late Bob Kane, the creator of the legendary DC comic book superhero Batman, was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with his own dedicated star on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Guinness World Records Museum. His star is actually located right next to actor Adam West, star of the popular 1960s live-action Batman TV series. One of the guest speakers for the ceremony happened to be director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, Watchmen, 300), who is currently hard at work on the new film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will reintroduce the character of Batman to moviegoers around the world with Ben Affleck stepping into the cape and cowl. The new Batmobile was also on display for the ceremony.

After Kane’s posthumous Walk of Fame induction, I got the chance to catch up with Zack Snyder for an exclusive interview, to discuss being a part of the ceremony for the Batman creator along with his role in directing the first film which will feature both Batman and Superman onscreen together, along with Wonder Woman. Zack Snyder is also slated to direct two Justice League films, with the first one due out in 2017, and part two scheduled for a 2019 release. Here is what Snyder had to say on directing Batman v Superman, Bob Kane, the new Batmobile and so much more:

Jeffrey Harris: On an emotional level, what’s it like for you to be a part of this ceremony?

Zack Snyder: Look, it’s an amazing honor really because without Bob [Kane] of course there’s no Batman. And without Batman, there’s no movie. *Laughs* I’m just kidding — but no — it’s…the cultural impact that he’s had on pop-culture and just on movies in general is just impossible, so it’s pretty amazing.

Jeffrey Harris: You collaborators at DC Entertainment also recently announced that Bill Finger will also get to share some of the credit with his contributions to Batman in the upcoming film projects. Finger was also mentioned during today’s ceremony. What’s your take on that going forward?

Zack Snyder: The truth is these characters evolve, and there’s a lot of hands in the supporting of these characters. It’s great when everybody can know where everything came from. It’s important for the legacy of them.

Jeffrey Harris: We’re about five months out from Batman v. Superman.

Zack Snyder: Yeah, we are!

Jeffrey Harris: How deep into the production are you, and about where is the film at this point

Zack Snyder: Pretty far. Pretty far in. It’s looking pretty cool — I mean, to me.

Jeffrey Harris: Can we expect a new trailer sometime soon, like in the coming months or next few weeks?

Zack Snyder: I think we got to have a trailer soon.

Jeffrey Harris: Star Wars: The Force Awakens just had a new trailer.

Zack Snyder: Yeah.

Jeffrey Harris: So you and J.J. Abrams have a fun sort of rivalry. Are you going to up the ante?

Zack Snyder: I don’t know. I’m hoping to.

Jeffrey Harris: When people go to see this movie, this will not only be the first live-action version of Batman and Superman together on the big screen, but it will also be the live-action, feature film debut of Wonder Woman. So when people go to see the movie, what do you want them to take away from it?

Zack Snyder: Listen. I want to — we’re working toward Justice League, and I really want to create the — part of the thing I really want to create is the possibility of a world where they could exist together. I think up to this point, it’s been difficult to suggest a world where Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman and others could exist in the same universe. That was one of the things I really wanted to try and get at. Not to mention, the amazing opportunity to bring those characters and have those characters tell an important story, their own story, within the confines of a film.

Jeffrey Harris: This car, the new Batmobile, is already taking on a life and character of its own.

Zack Snyder: Yeah.

Jeffrey Harris: It’s already showing up in the video games and such. So does the new Batmobile have a favorite feature or bit of iconography that you like?

Zack Snyder: You know it has all the kind of fun stuff. It has the countermeasures — we always talk about the countermeasures because people are like, “What the heck is countermeasures?” You know if I shot a missile at it, flares would pop out of those holes and stop the missile from hitting it.

Jeffrey Harris: Interesting.

Zack Snyder: So that’s fun. It’s got this crazy gun [on the front part of the vehicle]. It’s super-fast. It’s electrified. It can do all the other Bat-car stuff. But the cool thing I liked about it is that it’s a purpose built Batmobile, right? Which is kind of fun to get back to that.

Jeffrey Harris: Last question, do you have a cameo in Batman v. Superman? Will we see you in the movie?

Zack Snyder: You won’t see my face. I pick some things up, but that’s it.

Jeffrey Harris: Well thank you so much for your time Zack, and thank you for coming to this event.

Zack Snyder: Thank you.

Thank you to Zack Snyder for taking the time to speak with us, and thank you to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and DC Entertainment for having us at the Walk of Fame event. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters on March 25, 2016.