Zack Snyder Asked Chris Nolan For His Bat-Blessing Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: January 27, 2016
Christopher Nolan is responsible for one of the greatest events in the 75 year-plus history of Batman: The critically acclaimed and hugely successful “Dark Knight Trilogy.”
He’s also responsible for Zack Snyder directing the predecessor to BATMAN v SUPERMAN, MAN OF STEEL.
So when Zack Snyder decided he wanted to use Batman in what was originally a direct sequel to the aforementioned MAN OF STEEL (which Nolan produced and co-wrote its story), Snyder did the right thing and asked the filmmaker (who does get an executive producer credit on BvS along with wife Emma Thomas) if he would be OK – or not – with Snyder using Batman in it.
"You tell me if you don’t want me to do it," Snyder asked Nolan. "Well, we don’t own these characters,” Nolan responded. “When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will.”
Chris is absolutely right: neither he nor Snyder own Batman and Warner Bros. would indeed make more Batman movies. I’m sure it made Chris feel better by getting to kinda-sorta pick his own Batman on film director – as well as securing a promise from Warner Bros. that “The Dark Knight Trilogy” would never be touched, altered, or “messed with” by another filmmaker. Regardless, I’m sure it wasn’t easy seeing someone else bring Batman back to the big screen – especially since only four years have passed since Nolan’s final Batman film (2012’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES). Here’s what Snyder had to say about that deal…
"I think he found it a little bit hard. I would feel the same way. In a lot of ways BATMAN v SUPERMAN is a very personal concept. It is just two people trying to understand each other’s point of view."
I'm sure some people will say, "Snyder didn't have to ask Nolan sh*t!" Maybe he didn't; as he said himself, Chris doesn't own Batman. But clearly, it was the right thing to do and Snyder is obviously a stand-up dude. In other words, it's called respect.
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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. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, a Zack Snyder film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The film opens nationwide in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters on March 25, 2016, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.