In a recent interview with the L.A. Times Pop Culture blog Hero Complex, Batman/Superman director Zack Snyder was asked about the fan push-back against the casting choices in the upcoming film:
We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script.
… I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint.
This combined with writer David Goyer’s recent comments about not listening to fan criticism makes me wonder if the direction of the DC cinematic universe is really in tune with the spirit of the material.
It would be ignorant to act like this is the first time fans were concerned about Batman casting, (I’m old enough to remember the Michael Keaton hubub), but Snyder and Goyer seem to be on the defensive constantly. That is rarely a good sign.
He goes on to say:
[The movie] literally takes the “Man of Steel” and “Batman” universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology. In “Man of Steel,” we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!
These statements feel like the film could go either way, but considering my issues with Man of Steel, I’m concerned. Only time will tell.