Ask any comic book fan if they’re Team Marvel or Team D.C. and they’re sure to have plenty to say on why their choice outdoes the other. Ever since the 1930s, the comic book houses have participated in friendly competition, which have since shifted from illustrated pages to the big screen. In their new arena, Marvel has taken the lead, dominating the box office since the release of 2008’s Iron Man, with their next highly-anticipated release Captain America: Civil War scheduled to premiere on screens May of next year.
Nevertheless, director Zack Snyder has placed himself firmly in D.C.’s camp: sharing his views in an interview with The Daily Beast, he stated that D.C. heroes Batman and Superman are not only better than their Marvel counterparts, but are “transcendent” of the genre altogether.
“I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman,” said the director. He didn’t miss out on the opportunity to knock back rivals Marvel when he added, “they’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man — not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”
When taking into consideration that Snyder is at the helm of the latest D.C. project Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it comes as no surprise that he has only praise for the titular characters of his film. Although he stated he agreed with Steven Spielberg’s recent comments that the recent spate of comic book films will reach a point where they go “the way of the Western” and lose their allure, he claimed Batman and Superman still retain a specialness of their own as the “most mythological of our superheroes”.
Whilst the title pits both of D.C.’s superheroes up against one another, Snyder shared that the film may focus more on its Caped Crusader than the Man of Steel. “It’s a different Batman than the Batman that was in the Chris Nolan movies, so we have a little bit more explaining to do and you just had a whole Superman movie,” he explained. “But I think only in that way, because you need to understand where Batman is with everything. And that’s more toward the beginning, but it evens back out as it goes on.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will reach cinemas March 2015.