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Zack Snyder Explains How ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ Is Like “The Impossible Version Of Watchmen”

Zack Snyder Explains How 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Is Like "The Impossible Version Of Watchmen"

This week, Zack Snyder unleashes his version of “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” and it’s certainly a brawnier, louder, and well, more Snyder-esque take on the titular superheroes than we’ve seen before. However, the director wants you to know that underneath the hood of his blockbuster, there’s a lot more going on than just explosions, one liners, and the superficial workings of a major franchise. And in a new chat with The Wall Street Journal, Snyder draws a line between ‘Dawn Of Justice’ and his faithful, panel-by-panel adaptation of Alan Moore‘s “Watchmen.” 

“It’s all about the ‘why’ of superheroes: the political why, the religious why, the philosophical why,” he said about ‘Dawn Of Justice,’ which he says is “a little bit” of the continuation of the ideas in “Watchmen.”
“Once you’ve absorbed that material, there’s no way it doesn’t resonate with you, especially when you’re dealing with characters like Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman, who are basically the trinity,” he added. “In some ways, this will be, I hope at its really best, the impossible version of ‘Watchmen.’”

That’s certainly a provocative notion worth thinking about, but one hopes Snyder can truly grasp the ideas that are on the table, because he seems to miss the point when he’s left to defend the collateral damage in “Man Of Steel.” 

“….well, what about [‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘]?” he said. “In ‘Star Wars’ they destroy five planets with billions of people on them. That’s gotta be one of the highest death toll movies in history, the new ‘Star Wars’ movie, if you just do the math.”

Perhaps, but those were largely deaths caused by The First Order, not Rey fighting Kylo Ren in a crowded metropolis. 

“Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” opens on Friday. Watch a new TV spot below.

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