Clay Enos
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January 27, 2016 at 11:19 PM EST

Zack Snyder isn’t afraid of controversy. His first movie was a remake of Dawn of the Dead, generally considered One Of The Best Zombie Movies Of All Time (if not just The Best, Period.) His second movie was an adaptation of a terrible graphic novel by famously cantankerous comic book legend Frank Miller. His third movie was an adaptation of a brilliant graphic novel by equally cantankerous comic book legend Alan Moore. His fourth movie had the words “owls” and “Ga’Hoole” in the title.

Yet it seems that Snyder trod lightly when it came to working on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the anxiously anticipated sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel. Snyder recalls to Empire that when he came up with the idea of mashing Batman into a Superman movie, he decided to seek the blessing of Christopher Nolan, director of the Dark Knight trilogy (Nolan also co-wrote Man of Steel).

According to Snyder, he laid it out for Nolan very simply. “You tell me if you don’t want me to do it,” said Snyder. Nolan responded: “Well, we don’t own these characters. When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will.”

Nolan has maintained a hands-off approach to Snyder’s film, previously saying his work on Batman v Superman was merely in an “advisory capacity as an executive producer.”

“Zack’s a great friend,” Nolan said in a 2014 USA Today interview. “And I know Ben [Affleck] and he’s just an extraordinary guy. I’ll be the first in line to see what they’ve done.”

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