Zack Snyder talks ‘Justice League’ and says Batman will become a “more complete hero”

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USA Today published a new interview with director Zack Snyder to coincide with the release of the new Justice League trailer. Snyder spoke about working with all of the new actors, and explained that this follow up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will show the evolution of Batman as a hero.

“The thing that’s awesome about these icons is that a lot of them we haven’t seen in the movies before on the big screen,” Snyder said of Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg.

“It’s kinda fun to really let (the actors) stretch their legs and inhabit those characters,” he added. “It is a process to make a team out of this group of individuals, but for the greater good maybe they can put their differences aside.”

Then Snyder focused his attention to Batman. “He’s been a loner for certainly his crime-fighting career, maybe with the exception of Robin,” Snyder said. “When we meet him in BvS, he’s definitely at this low point of isolation. That was always our intention, that Justice League would be this continuation for Batman to evolve into a more complete hero.”

Snyder also spoke about Gal Gadot’s upcoming Wonder Woman movie, saying that it will “flesh out and realize (her island home) Themyscira and embrace canon with her and get all the elements to mash up that I love from the original stories. But also we’ll see that dovetail into not only the why of BvS, but even now the why of Justice League and who she is finally realized. We know now where she comes from.”

Snyder then spoke about the newbies like Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. “They’re each such awesome personalities in the movie,” Snyder promised. “You have Jason stomping around as this inked hairy man, just this mythic figure. And you’ve got Ezra, who’s full of life and hilarious and all over the place and amazing — a really fun and also poignant Flash. And Ray’s story is in a lot of the ways the heart of the movie.”

As for Superman? “It’s hard to have a Justice League without Superman. That’s how I feel about it,” Snyder joked with a laugh.

“It was always a super-intriguing concept to me to have this opportunity to have him make that sacrifice but also have him be this, in a weird sort of way, the why of Justice League: What do you do now with him? What does the team think? What does the world need?” Snyder said. “All that comes into play. It’s fun for us but it’ll be interesting for audiences what we do with him.”