Christopher Nolan produced and helped come up with the story for Man of Steel, so it’s only fitting that Zack Snyder would ask him for advice on how to handle Superman at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder told Collider that Nolan was originally against killing Superman, but Snyder was able to win him over.
“It was pretty early, and [Christopher] Nolan and I had long conversation about it, a really great, sort of philosophical conversation about it. He was really cool because he played an amazing devil’s advocate about why not to do it, and then in the end was like, ‘No you’re right, it’s better to do it.’”
I wish I could’ve been a fly on the wall during that debate!
Snyder also explained that a big reason for killing Superman was because he wanted Batman to be the one to assemble the Justice League.
“We had a version that we talked about where [Superman] just—this isn’t it, but where he got frozen and shot into space or something, so he’s kinda gone. Because one of the big things I wanted to make sure of was that as we went into Justice League, Bruce Wayne was the one who was gathering the Justice League. I thought it was really important to have Bruce Wayne be the samurai who goes and finds the other samurai, that to me was important. And with Superman around it’s kinda hard, because Superman’s Superman so it’s kinda hard for Bruce to be like, ‘Yeah I wanna put a Justice League together’. It’s like, ‘Okay, but maybe Superman should be doing that. You’re just a guy. You’re a cool guy, don’t get me wrong, but you’re just a guy.’”
Check out the full video interview with Zack Snyder above for more.