This past weekend, Warner Bros. put together a Kevin Smith-hosted online fan event in the last push in the marketing cycle for “Man Of Steel” as it heads to home video tomorrow. And while fans were hoping some kind of big announcement for “Batman Vs. Superman” would be made, that didn’t quite happen. But there were at least a couple of morsels worth pondering as the super-sequel continues to head toward its 2015 release date.
Firstly, Lex Luthor was basically confirmed as the villain for the “Man Of Steel” followup, which everyone sorta figured anyway. Of course, the character had been rumored to make a brief appearance in “Man Of Steel” (which obviously didn’t happen) while the trailer and movie had a few nods to LexCorp if you kept your eyes open and on the look for them. “At its core, Superman is an alien. He comes from an alien world … Lex loves to call him an alien,” Zack Snyder said, to which host Smith countered, “That’s a spoiler, folks.”
So what makes Smith such an authority on a movie he’s not involved with or making? Well, apparently he’s pulling his Ben Affleck strings and has seen a look at his best bud in the cape and cowl. “I saw the costume, more than that, I saw him [Ben Affleck] in the costume… I don’t want to give anything away cause that is up to them and stuff, but I am going to say this… I instantly bear hugged him. You have not seen this costume in film before,” he said on the podcast “Hollywood Babble-On with Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith.” “Because every other movie has done this matrix-y black armor thing… There wasn’t a single nipple on this [frick]ing suit, man. I think everyone is gonna be like ‘Holy shit! We haven’t been down this path before.’ Even the hardest core ‘[frick] this movie’ person will be like, ‘Alright, I’m ready!’ “
But one thing even the hardcore fans have trouble accepting is the controversial decision in “Man Of Steel” to have Superman kill General Zod, and Synder addresses it here, adding that the morality of that choice could carry over into the sequel. “It’s a real world problem,” he said. “I think the effect on Superman, it is a deeply difficult decision for him to make. It’s not a thing that he takes lightly, and you can see it affects him pretty profoundly. And maybe we’ll see the repercussions of that in the next film. How that’s affected him, making that decision… Maybe.”
“Killing General Zod is a practical solution to the problem,” Snyder added. “He wouldn’t let his personal aversion to killing cost the lives of an entire planet or those little kids, that little family. So if he had said, ‘I’m just morally opposed to killing so I guess I have to let him kill those people.’ Those are the dilemmas. We set that up directly so there would be no solution other than that solution.”
So, lots to talk about for fans of Superman. And we’ll see how it call comes together when “Batman Vs. Superman” hits on July 17, 2015. Watch the full fan event below. Kevin Smith kicks it off with a fat joke. You’ve been warned. [ScreenCrush/Comic Book Movie]