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Before the decision was made to add a new Batman to Warner Bros’ DC cinematic universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder turned to Christopher Nolan, the last man to bring the Dark Knight to the big screen, to ask permission.
Snyder told Empire that he told the Dark Knight and Interstellar director, “You tell me if you don’t want me to do it.” After what is described as “a silence,” Nolan gave a blessing that is, at best, ambivalent.
“Well, we don’t own these characters,” Snyder recalled Nolan saying in response, adding, “When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them].”
Snyder told Empire that he thinks Nolan — who acted as an executive producer on 2013’s Man of Steel, the first movie in Warners‘ current DC output — “found it a little bit hard,” going on to say “I would feel the same way.”
Part of that proprietorial attitude, for Snyder at least, comes from the fact that he considers Batman v Superman to be more intimate than the average superhero movie.
“In a lot of ways Batman v Superman is a very personal concept,” he explained to Empire, calling the movie “just two people trying to understand each other’s point of view.”
Well, with added punching and explosions, of course.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25.
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