These days it’s almost impossible for a movie studio to prevent information from leaking out. Even news of Batman vs. Superman leaked a few hours before Zack Snyder made the announcement at Comic Con last July. In a new interview, The Huffington Post asked Zack and his wife Deborah (who is also a producer) about some of the Batman vs. Superman leaks that have occurred over the past few months and also about some of the surprises.
I was in Hall H at Comic Con this past July when you announced “Batman vs. Superman.” The news of that movie had leaked a few hours prior to your announcement. Are leaks disappointing to you?
Zack Snyder: Yes and no. [The leak] was definitely not a planned thing.
Deborah Snyder: Things get leaked so often these days, it’s a shame because even casing announcements, or whatever, you’re in the middle of a process and sometimes they’re so off base — and then it gets picked up by multiple places and it’s all over the place.
Like Adam Driver being Nightwing, which wasn’t true.
Deborah Snyder: Or some of it, you’re just having conversations, but that doesn’t mean they are a contender, but you’re just exploring and it gets made public. It’s kind of a shame that you can’t go through the process in a pure way and then be able to announce it in a way that’s exciting. With the [Comic-Con] announcement, there was rumblings and we were like, “Aw.” Because we wanted to bring it to the fans. We wanted to bring them something special. We went to Comic-Con for “Watchmen” and we were bringing the cast to announce it and it got leaked a couple of days before. We wanted to give that to them and we got cheated out of it.
Zack Snyder: I think it does another thing. The leak becomes the audience involvement. They are now part of it, the process. Do you know what I mean? And you have to take that as the world we live in, as opposed to “Oh, that’s too bad.”
I am under the impression that the three big casting announcements that weren’t wrong — Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg — were done on your timetable. Is that accurate?
Zack Snyder: That is accurate.
And nobody saw those coming.
Zack Snyder: Right! And that was fun. That’s fun for us when we’re able to announce Jesse Eisenberg to the audience.
Deborah Snyder: Everyone was like, “What?! Ah!”
Zack Snyder: Yeah, that’s fun.