Clay Enos
October 22, 2015 at 03:18 PM EDT

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Current Status
In Season
151 minutes
Wide Release Date
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot
Zack Snyder
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Bob Kane co-created Batman in 1939. All of 23 at the time, Kane collaborated with Bill Finger to craft the Caped Crusader and his wild metro-bleak universe. Kane died in 1998, but on Wednesday he received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, possibly in recognition of the fact that most actors in modern-day Hollywood will eventually play Batman.

Among the speakers at the ceremony was Zack Snyder, who’s currently putting the finishing touches on next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder offered a personal vision of Kane’s creation in his speech, which you can watch in the video below starting around the 20:30 mark:

Here’s the key bit:

Because Batman — unlike Superman, or Wonder Woman, or Flash — is a guy without powers. He’s a man. He’s all of us. I think that’s it. We all carry around a hero inside of ourselves every day. It’s that guy. It’s Batman… In truth, we’re all the Batman.

This is obviously just a very nice thing to say in a speech, but worth pointing out that Snyder’s vision of the Dark Knight sounds a little more democratic than, well, The Dark Knight, which reconceived Batman as a shadowy extra-governmental hero for the Zero Dark Thirty era. This also gibes with everything we’ve seen of Batman v Superman, which appears to situate Batman as the human-sized reactionary to the alien Superman.

After the ceremony, Snyder offered some more tidbits about his specific Batman vision to Comic Book Resources. “I really wanted to do sort of a fabric-based Batman,” explained Snyder, “Not what’s become the more normal, armored Batman.” (This may sound confusing given that the trailers for Batman v Superman feature scenes of Ben Affleck’s Batman wearing some Master Chief robo-armor.)

Comic Book Resources also asked if there were any artists besides Frank Miller who influenced Batman v Superman. In response, Snyder talked about Frank Miller. “Dark Knight Returns was such a big influence on me, that I wanted to to honor him through imagery in the movie.”

Probably won’t be much of a Dick Sprang vibe, is what he’s saying.

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