Great images and priceless story elements, themes and reasons have been revealed in the latest issue of Empire Magazine featuring next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The interview featured a wealth of information provided by director Zack Snyder, star Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman), producer Charles Roven, costume designer Patrick Tatopoulos, and producer Deborah Snyder (Zack Snyder’s wife).
There was so much shared, and nothing in the way of spoilers, that we thought it best to lift the entire article as it is and share it below after the synopsis. Full and complete credit to Cosmic Book News for this scoop!
Synopsis: “Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”
Snyder reveals Batman’s age:
“We are playing him 45 or 46. He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly.”
Producer Charles Roven teases villains caused the death of those close to Bruce (such as his parents and maybe Robin):
“He has lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age of disease..”
Ben Affleck offered about Batman:
“Initially I thought, ‘I’m older, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of fit for me. Then Zack pitched me his concept for this older, more broken, kind of f-cked up Batman. It was something we haven’t seen. We have seen that Batman is willing to cross the line to protect people. That vigilantism has been a part of his character all along, and we are tapping into that mentality when faced by something as potentially as deadly a Superman.”
Zack Snyder discusses Batman as well:
“We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter. He’s having a crisis of conscience. ‘Am I really just a vigilante who stalks the alleys of Gotham?’ It is rich stuff that he deals with. Ben does an amazing job.”
Regarding who is the villain of the movie, Batman or Superman, Snyder says:
“It’s a point of view thing. That is why Dawn of Justice is the full title. What it does is allow us to start this conversation.”
It’s also revealed in the article that Batman is responsible for putting the criminals in prison that make up the Suicide Squad.
On Lex Luthor, costume designer Patrick Tatopoulos says:
“Everything is a facade. You have no access to what is inside Lex.”
Tatopoulous confirms Bruce Wayne lives in a house by the lake adding:
“Its footprint is minimal, it is part of nature,” he says.”You are designing a house that would have been designed by van der Rohe, how ballsy is that? “Bruce is the Bruce Wayne you know. He’s a playboy, he’s got money,” Tatopoulos confirms. “He has this strength, but also an artistic sensibility. He’s got a past, a family who got hm where he is today.”
On Metropolis and Gotham:
“There are other things happening too. Gotham is a very different city from Metropolis. Metropolis is Toronto on Steroids. Gotham is Detroit.”
Lois and Clark:
It’s also revealed Clark and Lois live together in an apartment.
Tatopoulos describes the Batmobile:
[Truly] an emotional process – it’s about what feels right. I showed Zack and Zack said, ‘Cool.’ Sometimes it just clicks. These films are very grounded. THere will be tons of CG, but also a lot of real stuff – especially with Batman. Of course, building a car from scratch is challenging. The car drives, jumps, pretty much does everything. We got the best people.”
On Batman and the Batmobile:
“He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he’s driving a tank that is very sexy looking. Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car. There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not – boom! – coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged.”
On the difference between the new Batmobile and its predecessors:
“Batmobiles are often designed very low to the ground, something classical. That didn’t feel fully comfortable for us. I thought the Tumbler was a revolutionary design, with the suspension very high up. I wanted to combine the two vehicles. I wanted something of a motorcycle, too: big wheels, suspension, exhausts.”
Batwing is confirmed with Tatopulos stating designs were in mind for further movies and Justice League:
“With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batwing. We are creating a world for Batman – every set, every prop, is real. We have to be ready for what’s next.”
Zack Snyder discussing the approach to the DC Cinematic Universe:
“What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.”
On the other Justice League films and directors, Snyder says:
“I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. Allthe films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”
Snyder says about the Jason Momoa Aquaman cameo in Batman Vs. Superman:
“You will understand he exists.”
Zack Snyder’s wife, producer Deborah Snyder, offers the following about the DC “Extended Universe,” as it’s being referred to:
“Kind of a timeline of what every movie is, where it is going, and where the films fit in relation to each other.”
Charles Roven continued:
“We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On Suicide Squad, David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.”
Zack Snyder gives kudos to Christopher Nolan’s Batman films:
“If it was a Batman movie it would be a much more difficult proposition because of how good Chris’ movies are. We live in gratitude to those movies. Chris set a tone for the DC Universe, and separated us from Marvel in a great way. We are the legacy pf those movies.”
On the difference between Marvel and DC, Snyder says:
“Right from the beginning it is different tonally from where those movies are. You know, DC is an ancient world in a lot of ways.”
Deborah Snyder adds:
“I can see how people would want to make it this big, intense rivalry. Listen, they are so great. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy…our films are a bit more serious. They deal with things that are a little darker. Things that place them in our world.”
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MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Sign Up for the Cosplay Showcase!
ABOUT THE COSPLAY SHOWCASE! AT MJX NOVEMBER
NOTE: It’s going to be fun! Whether you want to make a new costume, use a previous one, (or borrow) you are encouraged to do what’s best for you, and most importantly, have fun and meet fellow cosplayers.
Why Sign Up? This will help us properly plan the segment not only for you, but for the other cosplayers. Our first Cosplay Showcase! was during our first Cosplay Community Kenya #CosComKE Workshop in February 4th, 2017.
What will happen:
You will get to strut your stuff, show off your costume and props. Each registered participant will have a few moments to tell the audience something brief about their costume and why they picked the character they did… and do a lil’ something-something for the crowd, that’s reminiscent of their character. Easy-peezy, right?
Discounted event ticket price for all registered cosplayers. Secondly, on-location professional photography for all registered Cosplayers. Later, a select number of cosplayers (5 from each day) will be picked for an exclusive special professional cosplay photography shoot in studio the following week. The images from this studio shoot will be edited into composites, looking really cool and ‘wow!’. These images will look like they’ve been taken from the world of movies, anime, comic books that the you got your inspiration from! Visual examples below:
MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Justice League, Gaming, Cosplay and More! Come Together
The Movie Jabber Expo, or MJX abbreviated, is a multi-entertainment convention featuring movie screenings, gaming, local and international comic books, merchandise, cosplay, and so much more. MJX is owned and organized by Movie Jabber. This year’s second event is themed around Justice League.
They can’t save the world alone and you can’t have fun alone. It’s convention time, again! Join us on Saturday 18th and Sunday 18th November for this year’s volume two of MJX. A ticket allows you to experience one JUSTICE LEAGUE screening in IMAX 3D, video gaming, access to comic books and more within the exhibition area. And of course a chance to cosplay and enjoy the services of a professional photographer on hand purely for the cosplayers!
MJX EVENT DETAILS
Event: The Movie Jabber Expo aka MJX
November Dates: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th
Venue: Century IMAX on 1st Floor, at Garden City Mall, Thika Road Highway, Exit 7.
Time:10am – 7pm
One Day Access: 500Kshs. per day
Season Ticket: 800Kshs.
Ticket Pricing ONLY FOR Registered Cosplayers in full Costume:
(Payment at the Gate, in costume before receiving entry tags)
One Day Access: 300Kshs.
Season Ticket: 500Kshs.
What a Ticket Gives you Access To:
Once you have purchased your ticket you will get to experience the below:
1). Justice League IMAX 3D screening (one per day), 3D Glasses sold separately.
2). Gaming in the Gam’R Zone, 1st Floor Parking: get to experience, play and try out different new releases of the year.
3). Audience member for the in-cinema Gam’R Tournament in VIP Screen 2
4). Access to Exhibitor Zone, where you will get to purchase comic books, merch, fan memorabilia etc
5). Be part of the Cosplay Showcase.
6). Be part of or witness the battle of supreme fan knowledge going down in the Squad Showdown segment.
1). JUSTICE LEAGUE SCREENINGS
There will be three MJX screenings of Justice League on each day. Regardless of what ticket bundle you buy, you will be entitled to one screening per day of the film, in IMAX 3D, at no extra cost. Any additional screenings, or screenings outside of the MJX schedule will be at an extra cost. 3D glasses, popcorn and soda sold separately. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult always.
2). COSPLAY SHOWCASE vs CASUAL COSPLAY
Can you cosplay at MJX? Yes you can! There are two ways to cosplay at MJX and both are welcome.
Cosplay Showcase: You can sign-up in advance (SIGN UP HERE) to showcase your cosplay by enjoying a brief moment in the spotlight on the main stage where you can show off your outfit, talk a little bit about your choice of costume and act out a signature stance, movement or action of the character you are cosplaying as. Cosplayers going the extra mile to showcase get to enjoy a discounted ticket price (NOTE: payment at the gate and in full costume) and free professional photography on both days of the event. But only if you register in advance before the deadline, Wednesday Nov 15th, hurry!
Casual Cosplay: is for those who want to cosplay, but be part of the crowd without having to showcase. You are totally welcome to do this, but please take note you will not be given access to free professional photography at the photography booths and you will pay the full ticket price.
3). GAM’R IN-CINEMA TOURNAMENT
Movie Jabber’s premiere gaming tournament held in cinema at this month’s MJX (Movie Jabber Expo). The mathematics of the equation are unbeatable: the excitement of gaming plus the massive cinema screen size for high impact visuals plus Atmos surround sound, equals one heck of an exhilarating experience! Are you game?
18 contestants on each day will battle it out through pool stages for supreme bragging rights and the ultimate gamer’s gift hamper to take home after mercilessly pummeling their opponents in the highly acclaimed INJUSTICE 2 on Saturday and TEKKEN 7 on Sunday. You must pre-register before the deadline to be a contestant. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket to the event at the desk or online here. Free t-shirts for every contestant, courtesy of Britania, and yes, you can sign up for both!
4). SQUAD SHOWDOWN!
Do you take some pride in your vast and accurate knowledge of all things pop culture? From movies, to TV shows, anime and manga? Care to put your money where your mouth is, put together a team and face off in the Squad Showdown segment and walk away with 12,000KSHS. cash bounty? If so, then sign up your team right now by sending the following details to email@example.com:
a. Team Name
b. Team Members (strictly 3. Not less nor more)
c. Team Leader and key contact person’s name and mobile number.
Schedule will be out soon!