The countdown is on for two of the year’s most anticipated blockbusters with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiering in March before David Ayer’s Suicide Squad opening in August, and the directors took time out to discuss their new films, and the significance of the expanding DC Cinematic Universe.
In an interview with USA Today, director Zach Snyder clearly conveyed his passion for the DC heroes, and let fans know that the Justice League are indeed on their way. “I love Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman, but having Flash and Aquaman and Cyborg and to see them all standing together, it’s a pretty dorky and cool experience for me’, said Snyder.
He also expanded on the significance of introducing Justice League characters within Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saying “basically everyone of those characters has a logo that you would recognise without them standing there, and that’s a hard thing to achieve in this pop-culture world. We have history to draw on, but we also have these new frontiers to forge.”
In addition to the Justice League, Snyder opened up about Wonder Woman’s role in the upcoming films saying, “she’s a powerful female superhero which is a thing we haven’t had for a whole. She’s a piece of IP that basically exists in pop culture in a way where every kid’s got a Wonder Woman T-shirt and they don’t really know why. I want to give the why back to that.”
Following Snyder’s path is David Ayer, a maverick writer/director who continues to push the threshold, and while Snyder might be focused on the light, for Ayer it’s all about the dark side. “We all need good guys and everything – yay, good guys – but at the end of the day, they’re kind of boring,” Ayer says. “They’re always going to do the right thing. When you’re dealing with the baddies, it’s easy to get ahead of the audience and invert expectations.”
In addition to presenting a new image from the film, Ayer also praised Jared Leto as “the king of Planet Joker”, and also talked about how Ben Affleck’s cameo appearance as Batman was one of his favorite days shooting, “we made him fight. He’s awesome….you really sense that but the grace of God he himself would be doing some really foul stuff out in the world.”