By Jonathon Dornbush
Updated February 05, 2016 at 07:16 PM EST

Weeks before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters, the reaction to Zack Snyder’s take on Superman in Man of Steel still looms over the director. But Snyder argued in a recent interview that fans of Superman’s comic book origins should know he didn’t change the beloved character.

Speaking on the Hall of Justice podcast, Snyder was asked whether the reactions to Man of Steel — and in particular its still-debated ending — affected his plans in crafting Batman v Superman.

“People are always like ‘You changed Superman.’ If you’re a comic book fan, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you know the true canon, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you’re a fan of the old movies, yeah, I changed him a bit,” Snyder said. He went on to clarify that he, as a comic book fan, defaulted to Superman’s comic origins and not his on-screen incarnation, aiming to have his Superman “set a tone for the world” and “feel consistent for the DC universe.”

“My point is that we don’t take liberties [from the characters’ comic origins]…what we’ve done is create a place where they can really be the mythological characters as designed in the comic books,” Snyder added.

Most of the ire Snyder’s 2013 Superman film has drawn comes from the film’s finale, which many fans of the character took as a betrayal of how Superman should act. Snyder has defended the film saying it includes, “the thesis of Superman for me, that you can’t just have superheroes knock around and have there be no consequences.” Batman v Superman will then address the fallout from Man of Steel.

But the film is not only charged with connecting to Superman’s origin in this cinematic universe but for establishing its future as well with many members of the Justice League set to appear in variously sized roles.

Speaking of that imminent superhero team, Snyder promises that while the film acknowledges them and includes several cameos, Dawn of Justice very much remains a Batman and Superman film.

“As far as the other Justice League characters go, it’s really, it’s a very small role,” he said. “There’s a whisper they exist, except for Wonder Woman.”

Listen to the whole interview with Snyder below for more on his take of what fans can expect from Batman v Superman, which debuts in theaters on March 25.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 151 minutes
  • Zack Snyder