Zack Snyder Fans the Flames of the Marvel/DC Rivalry
The director calls Batman and Superman "transcendent" and Ant-Man a "flavor of the week."
Comic readers are well-versed in the Marvel/DC rivalry, but it's just heating up for movie fans. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder escalated the conflict that started heating up around the time Warner Bros. and Marvel Entertainment figured out Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman had the same release date. (Warner Bros. changed the BvS release date after everyone realized what was happening. Point goes to Marvel.)
As the mastermind behind the growing DC Cinematic Universe, Snyder claims the heroes he's working with are "mythological" while Marvel's? Well he doesn't think they're built to last.
"It’s a tricky process, setting up the DC universe, or Justice League," Snyder said. "The credit goes to Chris Nolan because he set the die for the DC Universe in a great way that I tried to emulate. I look at it as more being mythological than, say, bubblegum. And I think that that’s appropriate for Batman and Superman because they’re the most mythological of our superheroes."
And what's Snyder think about Steven Spielberg's comments that "there will be a time that the superhero movie goes the way of the western"?
"It goes to the mythological nature of the movies that we’re making," he said. "I feel like he’s right. But I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman. They’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man—not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”
So there you have it. Snyder thinks Ant-Man is a flavor of the week, but Batman and Superman are built to last. And while it's subjectively true that Batman and Superman are far more popular than Ant-Man, it seems flippant to dismiss the Marvel movies out of hand. After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe probably had more to do with the DCU's long-term plans than Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy did.
Warner Bros. saw what the Marvel movies were able to do by connecting their movies and allowing them to embrace their comic book origins, and that likely played a big part in the studio pursuing something similar with its DC properties. The two universes will be very tonally different with DC planning to be the grim and gritty foil to Marvel's mostly upbeat franchise. But as epic as Batman and Superman may be, Warner Bros. didn't have enough faith in them to let them go head-to-head with Captain America on opening day. And that probably says something about the shaky ground Snyder is standing on here.