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Zack Snyder on the influence of The Dark Knight Returns on Batman V Superman

10.22.2015
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Those who are familiar with Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" are aware that the trailers for Zack Snyder's upcoming BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE contain more than a few elements from Miller's graphic novel. Given that the film features an older Batman wearing a suit of armour to face off against Superman, you might think that BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will be an adaptation of sorts of the Frank Miller story. However, according to director Zack Snyder when he spoke to CBR, while "The Dark Knight Returns" was definitely a visual influence on his film, that's where the similarities end.

There are so many great artists who have drawn Batman. So many great comics that have been created -- it's countless. I was talking to Frank about it: "Dark Knight Returns" was such a big influence on me, that I wanted to to honor him through imagery in the movie. You could still make "Dark Knight Returns" into a movie, if you want. That's what I'm saying, as far as how much we used and how much we didn't use. The visual elements, there are some that I homage, but I don't think the movie [is an adaptation].

While BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE doesn't feature a Batman with the same number of years under his belt as "The Dark Knight Returns" Batman, Zack Snyder knew from the beginning that he wanted to age the character. The director told CBR that he "definitely wanted an older Batman. I wanted a war-weary Batman. That's why, in a lot of ways, Ben was really perfect for me -- we kind of aged him a little bit. It worked really great. I'm really excited about the Batman we created." Affleck has previously said that he was very excited when Zack Snyder pitched him on an "older, more broken, kind of f—ed up Batman" that he knew he had to be a part of the project.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE opens on March 25, 2015.

The Dark Knight Returns art by Christopher Stevens.

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Source: CBR

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12:16AM on 10/23/2015
Affleck strikes me as being about the same age as Bale....
Affleck strikes me as being about the same age as Bale....
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9:16PM on 10/22/2015
This new version is definitely the most badass, threatning, and physically imposing Batman we have seen thus far (just through photos). Can't wait to see all of this in full action.
This new version is definitely the most badass, threatning, and physically imposing Batman we have seen thus far (just through photos). Can't wait to see all of this in full action.
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8:41PM on 10/22/2015
I was really worried that Frank Miller would be some kind of guiding force for the project, because while he has created some very important and influential comics, it's generally agreed that he's well and truly lost his mind. However, honouring The Dark Knight Returns through imagery is absolutely fine, because there is a fair amount of iconic imagery in that book.
I was really worried that Frank Miller would be some kind of guiding force for the project, because while he has created some very important and influential comics, it's generally agreed that he's well and truly lost his mind. However, honouring The Dark Knight Returns through imagery is absolutely fine, because there is a fair amount of iconic imagery in that book.
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8:19PM on 10/22/2015

They already adapted The Dark Knight Returns

...and Peter Weller was awesome in it.
...and Peter Weller was awesome in it.
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