Zack Snyder addresses BATMAN V SUPERMAN spoilers, Lex Luthor criticisms

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Have you seen the last trailer Batman v Superman: Porn of Lustiness*? Well, don’t. Now I’m not in the habit of telling people NOT to read articles I’ve written, but there’s no denying the fact that as cool and explosive as that trailer is, it also contains one massive honking spoiler that would have been one hell of a jaw-dropping surprise in the cinema if it had been kept as a surprise. But this is 2016 we live in, when trailers occasionally turn out to be nothing more than the Reader’s Digest versions of their movies, spoilers be damned!

Of course, plenty of fans are not too happy with this latest development and have taken to their favourite soapbox – the internet – to let the folks over at Warner Bros and DC Comics know exactly how they feel (usually with the assistance of many exclamation marks and a series of four letter words) about this last trailer – especially since the marketing campaign for Batman v Superman had been doing a great job until now in keeping things under wraps. And it seems that director Zack Snyder has heard all the griping, and speaking to MTV he wants to assure fans that that “spoiler” wasn’t such a big deal as it’s only one small part of a much larger movie stuffed with plenty of other jaw-dropping moments.

“I have the benefit of seeing the movie. It’s cool that they think it’s too much and I appreciate people not wanting to know, but there’s plenty that they don’t know. There’s a lot of movie that’s not in the trailer.”

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That being said, Snyder insinuated that fans have nobody but themselves to blame if they intentionally go digging up every piece of info they can find and then end up spoiling things.

“Of course I hate it when any spoilers come out! You design the movie as a story that evolves as you watch it, so moment-to-moment [you’re thinking], ‘Oh my god, what’s going to happen next? Are they gonna live? Are they gonna die?’ So you want that experience for the audience, as much as you can. If you’re, as an audience member, exploring these articles, looking for answers to questions that you have, maybe you’re okay with knowing before you go. It’s like an individual taste. But like I said, I want people to see the movie without knowing.”

Of course “spoilers” wasn’t the only point of contention about the last trailer, as we got our first real extended look at Jesse Eisenberg’s version of criminal genius Lex Luthor, and he was… kind of goofy. But once again, Snyder would like to tell folks who had an issue with this version of Luthor to wait until you see the whole movie.

“In the trailer, of course he comes across in a very specific way. In the movie, he’s like a million times more sophisticated than what you get in 30 seconds. But that’s also the fun of it. That’s why you go to the movies, so you can actually see the context and understand the depth.”

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Moving away from just addressing criticism, Snyder also spoke to FilmInk about the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman – a cinematic debut that fans have been waiting for for years – and how she was even able to hold her own against Ben Affleck’s intense Batman.

“We tested a bunch of actresses, as you can imagine. But the thing with Gal is that she’s strong, she’s beautiful, and she’s a kind person, which is interesting, but fierce at the same time. It’s that combination of being fierce but kind at the same time that we were looking for. She can get serious, but she’s amazingly fun to be around. And by the way, she really held her own with Ben in the screen test. Ben was like, ‘Whoa, that girl is something else!’ That was a good sign, because Ben is very tough in the scene, and he’s big and commanding. Anytime that you’re doing a test like that and you’re looking at the other person, you’re thinking, ‘Okay, that’s good stuff.’ That was part of the process, and over time as we got to know Gal, we found out how amazing she is.”

Batman v Superman was penned by Chris Terrio (Argo) and also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Holly Hunter, Jason Momoa, Laurence Fishburn, Jenna Malone, and Jeremy Irons. It is scheduled for release on March 25, 2016.

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Last Updated: January 8, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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