Batman v Superman team on building DC's universe, where Green Lantern fits in the strategy

Warner Bros. pushed the release date of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by several months, mostly to allow additional time to lay the groundwork for the Justice League, and all will finally be revealed soon. So, how’s it shaping up?

Director Zack Snyder, along with several producers and actors from the DC universe, chatted with Entertainment Weekly for a massive feature digging into Batman v Superman and the wider process behind building the DC universe. From how Batman can “beat” Superman to expanding beyond The Trinity in future films, here are the highlights.

Batman is smarter: While discussing the faceoff between the two heavyweights, Henry Cavill said Superman is a “complete amateur” facing off against someone “well versed in the arts of war” in Batman. Snyder also noted the game of cat and mouse Bats will be playing with Supes, using strategy to balance out the stakes. 

Snyder pitched the connected universe, apparently: While working on Man of Steel, Snyder was apparently the idea man who took the idea of a Marvel-esque connected universe to the Warner Bros. brass. He touted the franchise as a world that doesn’t just feature Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman — but also The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman. The studio’s response? “About time.”

What about Green Lantern? Greg Silverman, the president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros., said the studio realizes it missed the mark with the first Green Lantern film, so it wants to take some time to ensure it gets it right the second time. Which, yeah, fair point:

“[Green Lantern] is an incredible character. He’s actually multiple incredible characters. There’s real opportunity there. We didn’t do a great job on that first Green Lantern movie. This is a character who deserves to be treated in the same way that Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman are being treated now, which is with great reverence. I guess I can say to the Green Lantern fans: if they can be patient with us, I think they’ll be really happy.”

It’s apparently really trippy: Along with the straightforward narrative, Snyder is apparently also lacing the film with dream sequences for Batman and Superman, as they glimpse characters such as The Flash and (possibly) Darkseid. Snyder touted the scenes as a “giant easter egg,” though it sounds like this could get really weird and confusing if not executed correctly. Is it necessary to the story, or just a way to randomly throw in easter eggs? For what it’s worth, Snyder said he wanted it to be a “complicated and bizarre” piece of the puzzle. Hmm.

Batman v Superman opens March 25.

What do you make of all this fresh intel?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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