From dealing with intense fan scrutiny to the challenges of expanding the big-screen DC Extended Universe, BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE director Zack Snyder pulls the curtain back on his thought process and how it all connects to upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE movie in our Official FM Interview.

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Here are excerpts from the full interview with Zack by FM Editor David Weiner in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine #284, on newsstands February 2 and available now at CaptainCo.com.

• CREATING A BELIEVABLE TITLE-CHARACTER MATCH-UP: “The discovery of the story is that Batman fights Superman. Now move your superhero chess pieces so that can happen. And it can happen in a credible and interesting way. … It’s just incredibly satisfying and fun to dig into these two mythological characters and find a through line that allows them to come into conflict in a way that not only is philosophically satisfying, but also physically real.”

• REGARDING BEN AFFLECK’S OLDER, WISER BATMAN: “He’s not yet tired of his place in the world. He’s definitely still tooth-and-nailing it.”

• REACTING TO CRITICISM OF EXCESSIVE DESTRUCTION IN MAN OF STEEL: “I stand by it, because for me, I’ve always said when I was working on WATCHMEN — and maybe it’s sort of left over from a WATCHMEN philosophical sort of thing — that there should be consequences to superheroes’ interaction with the earth. And that was kind of the way that we approached MAN OF STEEL. I wanted a big consequence to Superman’s arrival on earth. Certainly, BATMAN v SUPERMAN sort of cashes in all its chips on the ‘why’ of that destruction.”

Get more of Zack Snyder’s interview — including his Frank Miller inspirations, how BATMAN v SUPERMAN will connect with THE JUSTICE LEAGUE movie, details on the Bat Gadgets, and the amusing tale of the thought process behind Superman’s updated costume — in Famous Monsters of Filmland #284. BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE flies into theaters everywhere March 25.

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