A couple weeks ago, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder spoke to The Daily Beast. “I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman,” he explained coherently. “They’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man — not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”
This was widely interpreted as a direct assault on Marvel Studios, the beloved superhero dream factory and chief rival for Snyder’s impending DC Cinematic Universe.
Now, Marvel has launched a counter-attack… from an unexpected source. Sebastian Stan, who plays plucky sidekick Bucky turned immortal killing machine the Winter Soldier in the Captain America films, was caught on camera being dangerously interesting. In an interview with Collider, the once and future Carter Baizen talked mostly about the upcoming Capquel Civil War… until things take a turn around the 5:45 mark.
“I’m sitting here and I’m listening to you and I’m thinking, ‘Do I want to fire some shots at DC right now, at Zack Snyder?'” says Stan. “I read some of those comments where he said something about Batman and Superman … something about, ‘It’s not going to be your flavor-of-the-week Ant-Man.’ And I was like, ‘Oh thanks, Zack. That’s great. Way to do something original.'”
Shifting focus back to Civil War, Stan continues: “I would say we’re still making something very original in our own way. I mean, the Russos are coming in and taking something people are used to and they’re shaping it up and changing it in a very different way.”
And then — suddenly! — the attack.
“They’re not trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie or something like that,” says Stan.
For helpful context, we’ve captured the moment of Stan’s assault in GIF form.
Presumably, this puts Stan out of the running for the Green Lantern reboot.
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