Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman film was the second film in the DCEU after 2013’s Man Of Steel and it featured the debut of Ben Affleck’s Batman as he was pitted against Henry Cavill’s Superman.
The film was critically panned and it amassed $873 million at the box office, falling short of Warner Bros’ expectation of $1 billion. While an Ultimate edition of the film was released later on that fixed a lot of the film’s issues, the damage was already done.
While speaking to Justice Con, Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio talked about Batman v Superman. They revealed that the film was actually inspired by Al Pacino’s classic 1995 film Heat. This was especially the case when Al Pacino and Robert De Niro’s characters met for the first time, which was a huge inspiration for Batman and Superman’s first meeting.
Chris Terrio: “I seem to remember, Zack, I think, we and Ben had a conversation about Michael Mann’s movie Heat, right? About the cop who’s been around, you know. Pacino and De Niro, they’ve been around a minute. They’ve seen it all, and there was a bit of that tone even in Batman. The James Bond tone that we wanted to introduce a little more into his civilian scenes.”
Zack Snyder: “Yeah, didn’t we talk a little bit about having Heat inspire the first meeting also of Superman and Batman?”
Due to the immense success of Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League, we certainly hope Warner Bros will consider making more films with Snyder at the helm in the future.