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03.17.2016
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Even though MAN OF STEEL came first, the upcoming BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will really serve as our first introduction to what's to come in Warner Bros. new cinematic universe. BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE director Zack Snyder is one of the major players in Warner Bros. grand plan and he, along with wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder, recently spoke with THR about the R-rated cut of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, the importance of getting Wonder Woman right, the Marvel vs. DC feud, and more.

Zack Snyder on the upcoming R-rated cut of BATMAN V SUPERMAN:

[The DVD version] is a half-hour longer, and some of that additional material is some of the stuff we took out for the rating. I was like, "Cool, I can put it back in for the director's cut." There was nothing by design. This was the material I just put back in, and then when [the MPAA] looked at it again, they were like, "Oh, now the movie's rated R." And, by the way, it's not a hard R. There's no nudity. There's a little bit of violence. It just tips the scale.

On getting Wonder Woman right:

I felt a personal responsibility to get Wonder Woman right. We’re seeing her for the first time [in film]. She’s such a symbol of women’s roles. She’ll be 75 years old this year, and in every decade she’s existed, she has reflected women of the times. I think it’s only fitting that now, especially with a lot of talk about gender equality, that she really has her rightful place on the silver screen.

On whether Warner Bros ever handed down a mandate calling for a universal tone for all the movies:

The mandate is that we try and make the best movies we can. If you're making a Flash movie with Ezra Miller, it's like millennial Flash. It's going to be a little lighter than making a World War I epic with this feminist icon like Wonder Woman. The films do live in a united universe. I feel like the danger is — and I think that the studio would acknowledge this — when you start to mimic things like tone. Then, when you go to the movie, you pretty much know the experience you're going to have.

On whether the Marvel vs. DC debates annoy him:

No. You have these two giant comic book powers, and it would make sense that they would in some ways be compared to each other. It's like comparing Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge. Like Star Wars and Star Trek. Those are things that you could compare, but no one ever does. Those [DC versus Marvel] conversations are fun for the Internet. But in truth, it represents such a small group of people who are actually versed in the difference between DC and Marvel. The average moviegoer doesn’t know. Like my dad would be, “Is Spider-Man ever going to be in any of your films?”

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hits theaters on March 25, 2016.

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Source: THR

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8:49PM on 03/18/2016
So that "no jokes" thing was just pure BS. Good to hear
So that "no jokes" thing was just pure BS. Good to hear
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10:03AM on 03/18/2016

Sounds great

I was very concerned that DC was simply going to have every film in their cinematic universe have a bunch of washed out colors and a gloomy feel. It's nice we'll see a sort of variety with each film.
I was very concerned that DC was simply going to have every film in their cinematic universe have a bunch of washed out colors and a gloomy feel. It's nice we'll see a sort of variety with each film.
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8:55AM on 03/18/2016
I have nothing but excitement for Batman V Superman. The growing pool of talent surrounding the DC universe is extremely impressive (Amber Heard confirming Aquaman this morning is a perfect example). Sounds like everyone involved is "all in". Does anyone else think Rebecca Ferguson would make the perfect Poison Ivy??
I have nothing but excitement for Batman V Superman. The growing pool of talent surrounding the DC universe is extremely impressive (Amber Heard confirming Aquaman this morning is a perfect example). Sounds like everyone involved is "all in". Does anyone else think Rebecca Ferguson would make the perfect Poison Ivy??
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7:52AM on 03/18/2016

heh

The quote from his dad at the end there sums up pretty much every person who is not actually into the comics scene. And that perfectly fine.
The quote from his dad at the end there sums up pretty much every person who is not actually into the comics scene. And that perfectly fine.
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11:05PM on 03/17/2016

hopefully

The problem is I dont have faith in DCs plan to form their DCCU. I know i cant say that from watchin only man of stell and haveb yet to see bat vs supes im just a little worried that they want to credibility to fast and wuick that marvelnhas earned over the years, so like i said im a little there jumpin in to far in the game but im sure it will be epic. DC knows wats at stake they cant possibly fuck it up right? The stakes are to dam high for this DC universive to fail id like to see it thrive
The problem is I dont have faith in DCs plan to form their DCCU. I know i cant say that from watchin only man of stell and haveb yet to see bat vs supes im just a little worried that they want to credibility to fast and wuick that marvelnhas earned over the years, so like i said im a little there jumpin in to far in the game but im sure it will be epic. DC knows wats at stake they cant possibly fuck it up right? The stakes are to dam high for this DC universive to fail id like to see it thrive FOX to for that matter (get the right source material, creative team and time and then bam done good movie)
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9:54PM on 03/17/2016

LOL.....he's completely right!

Comic book people get so caught up in their world that they assume a ton of people think like them. In fact, it's just the opposite. Different things about these films is going to attract a different audience. IM 3 was the worst of all the Marvel films IMHO, but it did the most money (by a lot) of the individual films. A fake Mandarin? A fire-breathing Pepper? Tony blowing up his suites? Him suddenly being able to remove the shrapnel (thus completely changing the character's motivation)?
Comic book people get so caught up in their world that they assume a ton of people think like them. In fact, it's just the opposite. Different things about these films is going to attract a different audience. IM 3 was the worst of all the Marvel films IMHO, but it did the most money (by a lot) of the individual films. A fake Mandarin? A fire-breathing Pepper? Tony blowing up his suites? Him suddenly being able to remove the shrapnel (thus completely changing the character's motivation)? Most comic book fans I know despised that movie, but it made well over a billion.

So the "darker" DC movies may find a huge audience even though they're not following Marvel's framework. Or it may bomb completely. Who knows?
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11:13PM on 03/17/2016
This bat vs supes cant possibly bomb id bet my life on it inmean sups, bats man wonder woman and thebrumors of even more justice league bein featured? If that does indeed happen expect word of mouf to spread and then it will onw of the top money makers thia year but im still holdin out hope for CIVIL WAR bein number 1!
This bat vs supes cant possibly bomb id bet my life on it inmean sups, bats man wonder woman and thebrumors of even more justice league bein featured? If that does indeed happen expect word of mouf to spread and then it will onw of the top money makers thia year but im still holdin out hope for CIVIL WAR bein number 1!
9:42PM on 03/17/2016
I'm sure the director's cut of Dawn of Justice will be fantastic and if not better considering how great his director's cut of Watchmen was and how much it elevateed the material in the theatrical version.
I'm sure the director's cut of Dawn of Justice will be fantastic and if not better considering how great his director's cut of Watchmen was and how much it elevateed the material in the theatrical version.
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11:08PM on 03/17/2016
Agree, i wonder how much is diffrent and how much the directors cut is going to elevate the theatrical version a lil more violoence doesnt hurt deadpool proved that and soon the punisher on DD on the flix
Agree, i wonder how much is diffrent and how much the directors cut is going to elevate the theatrical version a lil more violoence doesnt hurt deadpool proved that and soon the punisher on DD on the flix
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