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Zack Snyder On Controversial Man Of Steel 2 Casting Choices, Fan Opinions

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The still untitled Man of Steel sequel featuring DC Comics’ Trinity of Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman is set to start filming next month and director Zack Snyder is finally talking about some of the anger he’s caused in fans. 

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L.A. Times’ Hero Complex talked with Snyder about the upcoming project which apparently, he’s super-geeking out over.

I’m very excited. It’s very fun to get into this world with different heroes coexisting in the same universe, but a lot of balls in the air as they say. As a fan, it’s an amazing opportunity. You know, Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together. So it’s an interesting historical thing. We were just testing the suits, right? The new Batsuit and the Superman suit. It wasn’t even with the actors, right? It was just to see ‘em. I was standing there, they were standing next to each other. And I was like, “Guys, someone take a picture! This has never happened before.” We slightly dork out. Like, “Are you kidding me?!”

“Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together. So it’s an interesting historical thing,” is all well and good, but it irks me he didn’t mention Wonder Woman, seeing as how that’s a pretty big “historical thing” too.

Moving on. They also delved into the controversial casting choices at every turn. First it was Ben Affleck as Batman, then Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and more recently, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Fans were vocal about all of them, even famous fans, but Snyder said it’s difficult parsing the reactions simply because he knows what the film will be and fans don’t yet.

I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint. I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let’s not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy! This guy’s the real deal. By the way, in looking at all the talk-back, you can get all different perspectives in there too. Some people are hating to hate. Some people — someone did some fan art. And you look underneath and someone wrote, “I guess I can see it.” Honestly, are you kidding me? Just stop it! It’s reassuring and frustrating at the same time.

And that is why, even though some of these choices may get me riled up, I am still waiting to see something substantial about what the film will actually be, because we really haven’t yet. What do you think of Snyder’s comments?

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