Zack Snyder Answers the Most Important Question About Batman v Superman: Why Is It “v” and Not “vs”?
Spoiler: The movie will actually take place entirely in a courtroom.
Zack Snyder talked about some other stuff, too, in this USA Today interview he did to coincide with the release of the first pic of Superman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Like why an older Batman is in the film and the challenges of bringing back Supes for round two. And there’s a tiny bit of plot information, as well. But the “v.” The v is what’s important.
As it tends to, the Internet reacted with heavy-duty snark to the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice title announcement because, among other things, “VS” IS TWO PEOPLE FIGHTING EACH OTHER. “V” SPECIFICALLY REFERS TO A COURT CASE. I CAME OUT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME AND I’M HONESTLY FEELING SO ATTACKED RIGHT NOW. Why, Snyder? Whyyyyy?! Via USA Today:
The director can’t say exactly how the relationship between the two superheroes evolves, “but suffice it to say there is a ‘v’ in between their names” in the movie title, Snyder says. He explains that having the “v” instead of “vs.” is a way “to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way.”
That makes exactly zero sense. “V” instead of “vs” doesn’t make anything more subtle. We still know you’re going for “versus.” Oh, whatever.
Snyder also spoke about how he initially had no plans to put Batman in the movie—he actually wanted to do a movie version of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns one day, so that’s where all his bat-shaped hopes were. “I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie,” because of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, he explained, “but on the other hand it seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in.” And since everybody knows who he is, they can jump right to grumpy old man Bats without having to rehash the origin story for the umpteenth time. “It’s cooler to see a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys,” Snyder says.
As for Superman—whose origin story was rehashed in Man of Steel even though it’s just as much of the cultural consciousness as Batman’s is, if not moreso, just sayin’—Snyder spoke about “the fun of trying to figure out what to put in front of him that’s difficult… we’ve both [Snyder and Henry Cavill] created this guy and we can push him around a little bit.”
As for Wonder Woman, no scenes with her actually as Wonder Woman have yet been filmed (though we saw a set pic of her in her civilian guise), but Gal Gadot is “working out an getting buffed and ripped.” USA Today also told us a bit about the plot, but it basically boils down to “Superman’s still working for the Daily Planet, and eventually he meets Lex Luthor and goes to Gotham and stuff.”