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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If there’s one thing fandom doesn’t need right now, it’s another excuse to rag on Zack Snyder’s Superman. While I personally felt that Snyder did a great service to the character, there are many who did not, and to many, the whole idea of “Batman v Superman” is almost a slap in the face of the character. Many fans are seeing this as some kind of demotion for the character–as if Superman wasn’t loved enough to warrant full possession of his own sequel.

Actor Henry Cavill (who plays Superman in both “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman”) has even gone on the record denying that “Batman v Superman” is a “Man of Steel” sequel.

“I wouldn’t call this a Superman sequel. This is Batman versus Superman, so it’s a separate entity altogether. It’s introducing the Batman character, and expanding upon this universe, which was kicked off by ‘Man of Steel.’  It’s an introduction to the [Batman] character, and ultimately an introduction to Justice League.”

However, in a recent interview with Canoe Showbiz, Snyder seems to think differently than Cavill:

“I think in a way Batman v Superman is Man of Steel 2. Justice League is kind of the transcendent, knights-of-the-round-table of the story. It’d be interesting to think about what a standalone Superman movie might be.”

I feel like the question of whether or not the movie counts as a Superman sequel will likely continue for years to come–far after the film has been released. We’ll have to see what the future will have to say about this history.

But this wasn’t the only interesting Snyder had to say. If you don’t recall, a couple weeks back director Steven Spielberg made a comment regarding the future of superhero films. In short, the man said they would go the way of the western and peter out over time in favor of some new trend. Despite being right in the middle of such a trend, however, Zack Snyder doesn’t disagree with Spielberg.

 â€œThe pressure’s on us, the filmmakers, to make the movies better. It’s about human stories; it’s not just about big explosions and stuff. What are these people feeling?”

Sounds like the right approach to me. Let’s hope these upcoming films will exceed the genre’s expectations.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits theaters on March 25, 2016.

SOURCE: Canoe Showbiz

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.