The wait is finally over. After close to three years of nail-biting anticipation, we finally get to watch Batman and Superman come face to face on the big screen in what promises to be the ultimate superhero match-up. And, judging by the trailers, it’s going to be epic.
Ben Affleck, who fans dismissed as being incapable of playing the caped crusader, looks to be quite a menacing adversary to Henry Cavill’s Superman. His suit alone lends him some serious Bat-cred!
At this moment, no one is more excited than director Zack Snyder.
“Did you guys see the movie? What did you think?” he excitedly asks the six Asian journalists seated with him at the Park Hyatt Beijing in China two weeks ago.
Beijing was the first stop on the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice world tour, just a fortnight before its opening.
Unfortunately, the Asian media didn’t get to watch the movie in its entirety, only a few never-been-seen-before footages (including an extended version of a fight sequence which we saw in 3D), introduced by Snyder himself.
The clips were awe-inspiring; production-wise it is definitely reflective of the US$250mil (RM1bil) budget (however, rumour has it that budget was bloated to RM1.6bil).
“Did you enjoy it?” he asks again. And before anyone could respond, he continues: “Wasn’t it exciting?”
Snyder is happy like a proud parent boasting about his (outstanding, let’s hope) child.
“Making this movie has been a labour of love and I couldn’t be happier (with the outcome). It has been an amazing journey and as a director, I’ve been blessed to have these two amazing actors with me.
“I have always been an avid fan of comic books and of both these characters and it was a dream of mine to make a movie with both characters. I guess, I manipulated the ‘powers that be’ to make this happen for me,” the director confesses, grinning rather cheekily.
Let’s not forget that the movie is also a lead-up to the upcoming Justice League where we will get to see the DC extended universe come out to play.
As such, it introduces us to some new characters (also making their big screen debut) – Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) .
The final cut of this movie is just over two-and-a-half hours long but the director’s cut has another 30 minutes of footage, largely with these new characters setting the stage for the next movie. Sadly, Snyder had to edit it out to keep the focus on the titled characters.
The clash between Batman and Superman, Snyder explains, is inevitable.
“They have common ground but their approach to doing good is so different. Even their morality is different.
“So I knew right off the bat that the two would not get along. Who would win? Theoretically, Superman because, you know, he is an alien and he can do anything while Batman ... he’s a mere mortal.
“But in the movie, you will see how things are evened out and they are somehow on equal footing. It’s a question of grit, determination and the ability to survive,” says the director who talks a mile a minute almost without stopping to breathe.