Batman v Superman Director on Keeping DC's Films and TV Shows Separate
"It's a lot more value for the audience."
While both Marvel and DC are focused on creating multi-film, interconnected cinematic universes, the biggest difference between them is that DC has chosen to keep their movie output separate from their TV shows. Now Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has spoken about the DC's small screen superhero adventures.
Snyder was a guest on the Hall of Justice podcast, where he asked about shows such as The Flash, Supergirl, and Gotham. "The bottom line for me is: I have 100% respect and love what they're doing on TV," he said, via Den of Geek. "I think it's amazing, and it speaks to the iconographic nature of these characters. These characters are bigger than any of the actors that are playing them."
Snyder went on to discuss the fact that DC's TV shows exist in a completely different universe to the movies. "That's the thing that I've embraced," he explained. "As opposed to just trying to shoehorn all these storylines into a single universe, we let the characters exist in multi-universe, and therefore it's a lot more fun and it's a lot more value for the audience. They get to see their favourite and most beloved characters on different adventures at the same time, in different universes.
"And it really makes the meal a lot richer and a lot more fun. And I think that's really the joy of what we're trying to do over here at DC."
Snyder also acknowledged that he was just the latest in a long line of filmmakers who have brought the stories of DC's iconic heroes to the screen. "Long after I'm done making a Batman/Superman movie there'll be someone else who makes it," he said. "You know, who makes another one.
"It's almost like an American tradition now. We've established that these characters will be played and played again, and they exist outside of us in this moment."
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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