Despite the fact that both characters in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Batman and Joker have not shared time together in a meaningful way in Live-Action since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Zack Nyder’s Justice League seeks to rectify that, uniting Ben Affleck’s Batman with Jared Leto’s Joker for a sequence created specifically for the long-awaited Snyder Cut. As Zack Snyder explains during his panel on Saturday at MRT FanFest, the Batman-Joker sequence in his film gives DCEU fans the reunion they’ve wanted but also gives the director a chance to make his mark on meaning. of the iconic hero-villain relationship.
Snyder previously revealed that Jared Leto’s Joker appears in Justice League’s nightmare sequence (Knightmare), Batman manages to see a post-apocalyptic future where superheroes failed to stop Darkseid from conquering the world. The scene will show Leto’s Joker speaking directly to Batman, where he offers his analysis to his longtime nemesis.
Remembering how he brought together some cast members, including Affleck and Ray Fisher, the Cyborg actor, for this “additional little photography section” Snyder opened up with MRT about the “important reunion” of the Hooded Crusader and the Clown Prince in his film.
“It really is defined in my mind that the mythological heart of the conflict they both share is their relationship,” Snyder said of the rapprochement in his film. “I think without a scene where they get to air their dirty laundry on each other, I feel like we would be falling short with the fans of the DC Universe. I was hoping, that we could see both of them get together but also, in particular, reflect on one. about each other and their desperate struggle and the reason for it, so that was a lot of fun for me. “
Snyder returned to the topic later, revealing that “I always wanted the Joker to be in the reality of the Knightmare, so it was a great opportunity. When I spoke to Jared and he was interested in doing it, I felt like this was something I couldn’t pass up. . “
If Snyder could have followed up on Justice League (a possibility that he sees as unfeasible) the film would have focused “primarily on that world. [Knightmare] with them trying to repair it. “
Jared Leto, of course, previously played Joker in director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, appearing with a very different (and controversial) look from the one he wears in The Snyder Cut. Snyder admits that he did not consult with Ayer about the new look here and also feigned insanity regarding what happened to the Joker tattoos we saw in the Ayer film.
“When you look at him closely, he’s wearing a lot of makeup, maybe he’s covering them. Maybe he had it removed somehow, maybe something happened to him. I’m not 100% sure,” Snyder said. On the process of redesigning his Joker, Snyder said: “I did a lot of drawings. We pulled a lot of different costumes and we tried a lot of different looks. Jared had a lot of good ideas, and we put it all together and came up with this cool version of Joker. Now, as for David concerns, I did not consult with him but I did see all the reference material and … I was very inspired by those images. “
One character whose look doesn’t change for The Snyder Cut was Ben Affleck’s Batman. Until his casting for the next Flash movie was revealed last year, it seemed that Ben Affleck’s days as the Dark Knight were long gone and that the future of Batman films belonged to Robert Pattinson. So seeing Affleck (who Snyder cast for his 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) once again dressed as the hero of Gotham City, moved Snyder.
“It was a great thing to see Ben dressed in the Batman hood that I think looks great on him,” Snyder told MRT. “It was fun. It was kind of nostalgic and a little bit, I don’t mean touching, that sounds a bit extreme, but it certainly was something very interesting to watch.”