From 2005 to 2012, in all matters of Gotham’s greatest hope’s presence on the big screen, director Christopher Nolan was king of all things Batman. Perhaps even more so than the films’ star Christian Bale, Nolan came to be revered as the man who revitalized the film franchise, putting the “Dark” back in “Dark Knight”, eradicating all lingering visions of “Batnipples” and iceskating henchman burned, we thought forever, in our brains by Batman and Robin seven years prior.
Now Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is taking up the mantle at the helm of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but NOT apparently without Nolan’s permission. In an interview with Empire Snyder revealed that he asked for The Dark Knight director’s blessing before he began creating his own take on the iconic superhero.
“You tell me if you don’t want me to do it,” Snyder told Nolan. After a silence, Nolan said, “Well, we don’t own these characters. When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them].”
Though Snyder did successfully receive the approval of his predecessor, he admits that passing on the torch was probably difficult for Nolan. Said Snyder, “I think he found it a bit hard. I would feel the same way.”
Nolan was a producer on 2011’s Man of Steel, which serves as the start of the current DC film continuity to be continued this year with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad.
Batman v Superman pits two of DC’s biggest heroes against one another, with Gotham’s Batman challenging Metropolis’s savior, fearing what he will become should the godlike superhero remain unchecked. According to Snyder, it’s a very intimate story about two people who simply don’t see eye to eye. “In a lot of ways Batman v Superman is a very personal concept,” he says. “It is just two people trying to understand each other’s point of view.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters March 25, 2016.
Source: Comic Book Resources