No matter what happens in two months when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases, no one and nothing will ever take away from what Christopher Nolan did for the upcoming DC Universe, let alone the Batman character. Now there are some out there who believe four years is too soon for another version of Batman, and I think Zack Snyder and the folks at Warner Bros were considering that. When the decision was made to introduce a new Batman and turn Man of Steel 2 into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Snyder had just one thing to do. He couldn’t move forward without the blessing of one man. Christopher Nolan.
Some of you out there might think its completely unnecessary to do such a thing, because like Tim Burton, Nolan’s time with the character has passed. However, that’s besides the point. The rest of the world out there is very much still attached and familiar to Nolan & Christian Bale’s Batman. And so by making it public that he asked for Nolan’s blessing before doing a new Batman, it not only eases the idea of hardcore Nolan/Bale fans putting aside the old Batman and embracing the new one, but also lets them know that Snyder is handling the character with much respect. Also lets not forget that Nolan himself decided to help get the DC Universe off and running. He was an executive producer for Snyder’s Man of Steel, and when watching that movie you can see where his contributions were made.
So how did that exchange between Snyder and Nolan go? He revealed the brief chat over an interview with Empire Magazine.
“You tell me if you don’t want me to do it“, Snyder told Nolan. After a brief moment of silence, Nolan gave his blessing. “Well, we don’t own these characters. When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them].” Snyder also mentioned how he thinks Nolan “found it a bit hard” moving on so quickly, and that he would feel the same.
Even if the BvS marketing and seeing Ben Affleck as Batman completely disgusts you, I think you should still watch the movie. If not for knowing that Snyder has a deep respect and appreciation for what Nolan did, and doesn’t want to either copy him or disappoint fans. Again, you might think this is no big deal, and you would be wrong. Affleck asking Bale for advice in a costume store, and Bale’s response about “making sure the outfit having a zipper so you can pee”, is no big deal. As a huge fan of Nolan’s Batman trilogy ( especially The Dark Knight), and as someone who’s looking forward to Batman v Superman and seeing Affleck as Batman, I love this news.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases in theaters on March 25, 2016