Jay Breaks Down Zack Snyder’s Director Commentary for Batman v Superman (from VERO)
Jay’s Notes from Zack Snyder’s VERO Director’s Commentary for Batman v Superman:
Zack Snyder & Storyboarding BvS
Snyder likes to draw each scene of the script. I love that.
The Relationship between Batman & Superman
People tend to not like the relationship between Batman and Superman–but the setup here is excellent.
Batman, a human who has poured millions, if not billions, of dollars into becoming close to superhuman… would be TERRIFIED of Superman.
Snyder talks about the history of gods in mythology, their actions always create issues for humans. And I think that’s a cool setup for Batman dealing with Superman in the context of the Superman/Zod fight.
Jimmy Olsen – CIA Spy?
Jimmy is supposed to be a CIA spy. That’s kinda weird. He also kills him off, so… Ouch. “This is the purpose he served.” LOL.
Superman’s Altruism & Having Him Deal with Gray Areas
Superman, with his altruism, has to deal with these gray areas. I enjoy that as well.
Batman v Superman – Lex Luthor’s Manipulation
Another part of the setup, that I think gets a bit lost–it’s better in the Ultimate Edition–is that Batman is skeptical of Superman, and Lex Luthor is trying to heighten that skepticism by putting Superman in a position where he looks like a villain. I think that’s a very cool setup and it’s in alignment with each of the characters: Superman’s a boyscout, Batman’s a skeptical detective, and Luthor is a master manipulator. That’s great.
Zack Snyder & Superman as a Christ-like Figure
Snyder explicitly talks through the idea of portraying Superman as a Christ-like, god-like figure. And how human beings would respond to someone like Superman. I think that’s fantastic, because it plays on what our ideas of godhood are based on. What is Superman supposed to save us from? What is he supposed to mean to us? I love exploring that, and I appreciate Snyder’s vision for it.
Batman’s Vision of the Apocalyptic Future
I really like the idea of exploring the Armageddon future we see in BvS. It creates stakes that are really fascinating. Like, sure, Doomsday is a problem right now, but there are bigger issues to come–and we don’t know HOW Darkseid takes over… It’s a great setup. Superman is controlled by Darkseid and blames Batman for Louis’s death.
Superman Can’t Be Impartial
The lesson for Superman, when he’s talking to his “earth dad,” is: You have to try. You have to try to do the right thing. And it’s what Supes needs at that time. And it’s a fantastic scene.
Getting Redemption in the Eyes of Your Father
What does it look like to have redemption in the eyes of your father? That’s something that’s being explored here as well. And Superman’s father figure is very different from Bruce’s. Bruce’s father was attempting to change a horrible, crowded city through economic support and technology. Superman looks at it from a more simple, straightforward morality.
Batman’s Spear is a Symbol of the Spear That Pierced the Side of Christ
I talk about this more in the video… but it’s sort of a weird metaphor. I’m not sure it works. At least not for me in comparison to the spear from the Bible and its meaning.
Batman’s Identity Revealed
The broken helmet with Batman represents Superman being able to reveal Batman’s true nature in seeing him. Interesting concept. Not sure that one comes through clearly.
Batman & Order
Batman can only live in a world where there’s a morality that he forces upon people. That’s a great concept. And, by forcing that, Martha might die. And here Batman becomes the thing he hates–the person who killed his parents. I think that works. I don’t know that it’s executed as well as it could be… but I think it works.
Zack Snyder’s Favorite Comics
The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen are Snyder’s favorite comic books. I do love both those comics. He also mentions that he thinks Batman shoots someone in that comic.
Snyder notes that “you’re on your way to seeing your iconic Lex.” I’ve always thought that Snyder intended to make Jesse Eisenberg’s character Alexander Luthor, Lex Luthor’s son. And there’s evidence to suggest that might be true in the films. We know, for example, that Lex’s dad–who’s also named Lex Luthor–built Lexcorp. So, it feels like that was the intention… but in the short reference Snyder makes here… I’m not sure anymore. Adding to the mystery, news outlets had reported, when the movie was released, that Jesse was playing Lex’s son, but those articles disappeared. Now, the question is: Did they intend for Jesse to play Lex, the father, or Lex the son? And did their intention change over time? Or, was the studio trying to protect Jesse Eisenberg from criticism by suggesting it wasn’t actually Lex Luthor? I don’t know, but it remains a mystery. I’m going to continue thinking that it’s the son.
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