Director Zack Snyder revealed in a recent interview with Collider, made the surprise announcement that at one time both he and screenwriter Chris Terrio spent a considerable amount of time discussing the ideals regarding adding more classic villains to the already large ensemble cast of characters in the upcoming blockbuster Superman vs Batman….
“The Joker and The Riddler both came close to being in this movie. We talked about the possibility of putting them in. [Screenwriter] Chris Terrio and I talked about it a lot and felt that their mythological presence is felt in the movie and that’s cool, but I didn’t want to get my eye too far off the ball because I needed to spend the time, frankly, with Batman and Superman to understand the conflict.”
As interesting a thought to include these iconic Batman villains, the number of comic book characters assembled (sorry bad pun) was already feeling somewhat intimidating, even a little claustrophobic in this superhero geek boys mind, and leaving uneasy reminders of the fate of adding to many characters as was done in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns or any one of the X-men films. But hopefully with a running time of almost 2 and a half hours the current roster will be given equal amount of screen time.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.