Zack Snyder Talks About Superman’s Role in “Justice League”

The March issue of Empire magazine (on sale January 26) features a “Justice League” movie preview, giving us a new photo of Batman, The Flash, Cyborg and Wonder Woman together, along with some comments from Zack Snyder about Superman’s role.

“Superman does play a big part in the movie,” teases Snyder. “His presence, and lack of presence, are big story points…”

Source: Twitter user Vidumavi

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BMoore25
Guest

I can’t wait to see this movie. This will go a long way, either way, to making people’s minds about not only the direction of the DCEU but more importantly for us, the direction of Superman. I truly hope they realize how important Superman is to people, he is THE most important fictional character in US history

MattComics
Member

Ugh, he’s gonna be the villain via mind control.

Guest
Maybe, maybe not. Superman’s death is the reason Steppenwolf comes, Batman assembles the Justice League, Aquaman doesn’t join right away (according to Snyder he would have with Superman around) and I still think Superman ends up being what turns the tide in the 3rd act. All those things are “big roles” without actually having a big role. So maybe that means he will be bad under mind control untill the end or maybe that means Cavill plays a corpse being revived for 2 hours of screen time. Cavill didn’t spend as much time on set as everyone else, so IMO,… Read more »
NeoRanger
Member

Pretty much. I was afraid of that.
Not that it can’t be done well– it’s a comic book storyline and if the movie is about “family”, it can be all about welcoming a lost brother (or father, as I’d rather view Superman) back.
I’m more concerned that every.single.promo picture from the set is in that one bunker. Surely they’ve shot more.

superhero
Member

sounds…vague but interesting!

Superman1993
Member

I can’t wait to see the film and I’m glad Superman has a big part in the upcoming Justice League Movie Part 1 which will come out on Friday, November 17, 2017.

DE-EL
Member

JUST like I thought. JUST like I’ve been saying for the LONGEST time. Absolutely NOTHING to worry about as far as Superman goes.

“You can’t keep a good Man Of Steel down.” Witty. Very witty.

sundevil82
Member

Yeah that doesn’t calm my concerns. He co headlined BvS yet barely spoke in the movie. Hopefully he speaks more and is not just an element for other characters to react to like he was in the first two movies. They have a real chance to right the mistakes from here on out with him. I’ll remain cautiously optimistic.

Guest

I think that’s exactly what we are going to get.
I also don’t get why people think this is going to be drastically different than the last two movies.
IMO, it’s going to be another film that will have parts I like, moments that are great, visuals that are beautiful, plot points that are contrived, leaving me feeling overall disappointed, very divisive, panned critically, financially successful just not as much as WB wanted.
Call that pessimistic if you want, I’m just trying to be realistic.

sundevil82
Member
I saw a good video on YouTube discussing this very topic on how the characters have been underwritten, in particular Superman. I want these movies to succeed, but I’ve been critical of the lack of personality and stoicism used for superman in the last 3 movies including SR. He needs to speak up more and have clear motivations. They could have used batman in a smaller capacity to being in more viewers and I think that would have worked much better. He works better as a mysterious character. Not a person Bent on murdering superman. Batmans motivation should have been… Read more »
Guest
Agreed, I feel the same way I want them to be great too. I know how Superman could be written given someone who’s writing him knows what they are doing. And if you watch Man from Uncle Cavill has what it takes IMO. He’s shown the ability in other roles, I just assume it was Snyder’s desire to have him cold, stoic and silent, especially in BvS. Yeah, the whole Batman motivation thing very contrived to me and when you compound it with how fast that motivation dissipated in a moment of passion and rage it makes even less sense.… Read more »
Marnoman
Member
Completely agree. Surely he was meant to be a big part in a film he co headlined. Yet he was basically a miserable, angry cardboard cut out of Superman in a Batman film. I even think he still had too much focus taken off him in Man Of Steel and hardly spoke in that film too. When I seen the trailer for BvS I knew it was going to be like that based on the fact that he had one tiny line whilst everyone had lots of lines. Zack Snyder saying “His presence and lack of presence are big story… Read more »
Frogman
Member

I wish that DC would just make a Superman movie in which Superman can be inspiring and whimsical — when he’s not dead.

Guest
I vote for J.A. Bayoan to do that movie. He has 3 critically successful films in a row that were also well received by audiences. Bayoan stated his dream job is to do a Superman movie, he has loved the character since he was a child, so I say give it to him. He’s a good upcoming director, he knows and loves the character so I would say WB would be crazy not to try and work out a deal. Especially if Jurassic World 2 turns out to be a success as well. If a Man of Steel 2 is… Read more »
sundevil82
Member

i agree with everything you just said.

Frogman
Member

Amen, Brother.

Rod
Member

I dunno, Singer also said the same thing how much he loved the character and all he did was give us the lamest Superman movie ever.

kal-bert
Member
You haven’t watched Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. Singer’s Superman wasnt’t specially bad. It’s that version of Supes that was too outdated. He wanted to put a honorable end at Donner’s Superman, but the movie arrived 10 years late. He tried to make a more realistic version of Donner’s Supes but like Snyder did, realistic doesn’t equal dark and gritty. And it’s a pity because he really is a big Superman fan. And like The Man of Steel, S. Returns isn’t a bad movie. Both are great movies. Awesome really. They are just BAD SUPERMAN MOVIES. You could give… Read more »
redcape
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I think that this might be taking on a predictable formula. It can be said that in BvS that Wonder Women has a big presents. When in reality she really didn’t until the ending. So I think it’s probable that we will see sprinklings of Superman through out the movie as they did with Wonder Women in BvS. And it won’t be until the last third of the movie or so that he really returns fully as Superman. I think we are all going to have to expect to see the majority of this movie as a JL setup with… Read more »
Supermaniac
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“Superman does play a big part in the movie”
That doesn’t necessarily mean Superman has a lot of screen time. That could just as well mean that Superman has a big influence in the story line, but not appear until the end, which is what I suspect.

Supermaniac
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Impressions so far: • Batman had some really great moments in Dawn of Justice. However, he looks ridiculous in broad daylight. I don’t know why they bother with an emblem that you can’t even see. • Cyborg has to be the most boring character in comics history – wish it was Green Lantern instead. • Love the Flash, but this casting is so wrong, and the way they have characterized him is ridiculous. His costume is a train wreck. • Wonder Woman is a pleasant surprise. Gadot is great. • Cavill looks so much like Superman – I just wish… Read more »
redcape
Member

Talk about negative. It appears you have already written it off and you haven’t even seen anything that amounts to giving a credible opinion. You don’t like the way they look, don’t like the way they talk, don’t like the characters, don’t like the costumes. Talk about toxic. How about waiting to see more before all the negatives.

Supermaniac
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It’s my opinion, not a review – so credibility really isn’t an issue. Perhaps you should re-read what I wrote. First, with the exception of Cyborg, I love all the characters – I’d just rather have Green Lantern. I love the way Wonder Woman and Superman look (although I admit I’m a “bring-back-the-trunks” guy). I think the characterization of Flash and Superman are off-base. It seems completely wrong to me that The Flash should have a heavy, armor-plated costume. “Less-is-more”, but unfortunately the trend in comic character costumes these days seem to be towards making them more complex. In my… Read more »
redcape
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I don’t know if excited would be the mood. Looking forward to is more like it. You know I can remember when Superman Returns was over and done with. An article from a WB big wig had expressed his disappointment regarding the money that it made and why. The article finished off with the fact that they had went with old and a little new turned out to be the main problem. It was deemed that they should have gotten someone that didn’t have any connection with the past Superman and renewed the entire character. Well that they have certainly… Read more »
Kal-Ed
Member

His presence whether with limited or extended screentime is the Mcguffin of the JL film. I’m certainly looking forward to see how the resurrection is handled and how Superman is portrayed after all what he has been through.
I agree with most of you about him not having too many speaking lines, this is a downside of the script. Poor Henry had to work with what he was given the best he could. Can’t say I blame him.
Here’s hoping it will be a jolly good film for us.

manofsteel
Member

I’m not worried about Superman’s treatment in JL. I thought the ultimate edition of BvS was terrific.

redcape
Member
Agree with u regarding UE of BvS. As far as the JL goes, I don’t think that there’s going to be a treatment problem. But actual screen time will be more of an issue. There’s a lot of things that have to be put in place. It’s going to take a sizable amount of screen time to establish the JL. I think by the time Superman shows his face a credible amount of movie time will have been used up. If there’s one thing I would like to see and hear out of all this is that someone actually calls… Read more »
manofsteel
Member

Imagine a ‘For the Man Who Has Everything’ dream plotline while Superman is still ‘dead’. That’s how they can keep his screentime active during those sections.

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