Zach Snyder Honors Batman Co-Creator Bob Kane; Talks Inspiration for ‘His’ Batman

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In a recent celebration held in honor of Batman co-creator Bob Kane’s posthumous Hollywood Star, Zach Snyder took the time to address his approach to Kane’s iconic character.

In a speech to honor the late Kane, Snyder spoke of his legacy and the daunting task of creating a blockbuster version of the legendary cape and cowl.

Snyder told the crowd, “Recently, I got to make this film Batman v Superman, and in the process, I had to design a Batman character. I had to do a suit. I don’t know if you know anything about the process, but what you do is over months of meticulous designing and editing, you come to an aesthetic you believe will be the Batman you want to see.

Along with my costume designer Michael Wilkinson, we did just that and we came to the point where we were going to test the suit on Ben [Affleck]. So, we had built a set of an alley, graffiti, barrels with fire, steamy stuff, and it was this very kind of noir-ish setting to film our Batman for the first time.

Ben put the suit on and we put him in front of the camera and I was just having him turn and look around looking Batman-ish, and it was amazing because I felt in that moment that I had achieved this goal that I had set out for myself. When I looked at Ben, he was the perfect personification of the Batman I had in my mind…

The truth is, he wasn’t really the Batman I had imagined. Bob really had put him there in my mind, through years of TV shows, comic books, movies. I realized that we all – every single one of us – has a Batman, an imaginary Batman, in our minds. lurking in the shadows. That’s Bob’s legacy.”

Snyder continued, “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. I thank Bob for that. we all owe him a debt of gratitude. In that hero that we carry around, we realize that the hero is us, because he’s just the man. In truth, we are all the Batman.”

Those are some lovely words from Zach Snyder, but he also had a lot more to say in an interview with Comic Book Resources. You can read that full interview here.

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