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Zack Snyder Says 'Batman Vs Superman' Explodes Comic Universe, Matthew Vaughn Disses 2005 'Fantastic Four'

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by Cain Rodriguez
March 4, 2014 9:19 AM
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Comic book fanboys are a conservative bunch that recoil at any hit of any changes to the way characters are portrayed on the screen vs the page and they’re fiercely protective of canon. One upcoming project that has drawn the ire of the geek community is the as-of-yet untitled “Man Of Steel” sequel that’s thrown everyone through a loop with its casting news over the past few months. And with cameras yet to start rolling, director Zack Snyder is already tired of the scrutiny.

In a conversation with Hero Complex called the intense focus on the sequel both “reassuring and frustrating at the time,” citing both the negative attention (“Some people are hating to hate)” and the positive (“Some people — someone did some fan art. And you look underneath and someone wrote, ‘I guess I can see it’”). Still, he understands the importance and enormity of the project, saying “As a fan, it’s an amazing opportunity. You know, Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together. So it’s an interesting historical thing.”

Even though Snyder stresses that he “understand[s] the canon,” the “300” director says the super-sized sequel “literally takes the ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman’ universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology. In ‘Man of Steel,’ we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too — now you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!” And with Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Gal Gadot among the additions to the cast, Snyder’s “hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting.” So cut the guy some slack, nerds, he’s just trying to give you something you’ve never seen before.

In other comic book movie news, “X-Men: First Class” director Matthew Vaughn talked to Empire (via Yahoo Movies UK) about the Josh Trank-helmed “Fantastic Four” reboot he’s producing and the British filmmaker proceeded to dump on Tim Story’s previous Jessica Alba-starring take on the franchise. Vaughn told the magazine the new film — which stars Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell — will be “a total reboot, that’s for sure. It’s got nothing to do with the other blood ones. It’s not a stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it’s made polystyrene. And it’s not a comedy.” In other words, it’s going to be dark, gritty and have a more realistic Thing. The “Fantastic Four” reboot hits theaters next summer, with "Batman Vs. Superman" arriving in 2016.

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8 Comments

  • Glam is violence | March 5, 2014 4:37 PMReply

    Any REAL fan of comic books would know that 99% of the movies based on them suck.

  • scott | March 6, 2014 10:10 AM

    Yep. Seems like a totally legitimate percentage.

  • Angelvilan | March 5, 2014 2:39 PMReply

    It is a freakin Movie!!! Lol why the freakin hell didnt complain at The Avengers Movie? Analized that movie and come back here comment back!

  • Damir | March 5, 2014 1:41 PMReply

    ROB. So in the cartoon and comics when all the buildings are destroyed, you don't think innocent died? They was empty buildings right? But I bet your gonna have your tickets for the movie like 2 days in advance so stop complaining

  • RobD381 | March 4, 2014 10:07 PMReply

    I was thrilled that the new Man of Steel wasn't going to be comical - and that Henry Cavill would be Kal-El. Dirty and gritty? That's what I hated about Man of Steel - the killings. They did explain how Z0d had to die better than any other Sup movie, and what his motivation was (military clone). But Superman doesn't kill, and between him and Zod they killed thousands of innocent people at the end of the movie. That ruined what otherwise was an excellent retelling of Superman's origin story. If I could cut out that porno-violence at the end, I would. It just stank of the porno-violence of the "dark and gritty" Batman series. These are heroes, for God's sake. Not everyone in America loves excessive violence guys.

  • BatDan | March 5, 2014 2:40 PM

    You must be a cartoon G.I. Joe fan. Thousands of people firing guns at each other, but no one ever dies.

  • Javier | March 4, 2014 11:23 PM

    lol, Johnny hits it on the nose.....besides everyone knows CGI people don't have souls.

  • johnny | March 4, 2014 11:10 PM

    idk how many times i have to say this to people like you. IT'S A FREAKEN MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! relax no one acctually died..

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