Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Director on Why He Revealed Doomsday

"There's a bigger world to start to think about."


When the full trailer for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released in December, there was some surprise at how much of the film it seemed to reveal, including the fact that Doomsday would be the main adversary. Now director Zack Snyder has spoken about the decision to include the monstrous villain in the promo.

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"To us it really made sense to give [Doomsday] to the audience now," he explained in a new interview with The Daily Beast. "I really wanted to make the audience a promise that--though I'm super excited and happy and fulfilled by the conflict of Batman and Superman--there's also a bigger world to start to think about.

"We had a long conversation about just taking ownership of that, of giving it to the audience in a controlled way that I felt was consistent with the escalation of the campaign."

Dawn of Justice will be the second film in the DC cinematic universe, following 2013's Man of Steel. Suicide Squad will follow in August, and a whole slate of connected superhero movies are planned through to 2020, including Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Justice League.

Snyder spoke about his role in overseeing the development of this universe, and how important it was to unify the different movies and stories. "It is constantly evolving, but we're starting to get a handle on where we're going with the world," he said. "That's fun because it allows us now to be driving toward a goal that we don't have to make up as much. If there's a movie over here doing this, and we're over here doing this, now we're all on the same page.

"It allows for a coherent universe, which is important. I think that makes the experience a little more satisfying because we know where we're going, so the misdirects can be stronger and the reveals can be bigger."

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 24, 2016. It stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne.

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