‘Batman V Superman’ director Zack Snyder has dropped a few catty remarks aimed at rival comic book movie studio Marvel.
The DC movie helmsman singled out 'Ant-Man’ for his criticism, one of the least successful superhero movies for Marvel thus far.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, he was asked about Steven Spielberg’s recent remarks, in which the movie legend said 'there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western’.
Snyder said: “I feel like he’s right. But I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman.
“They’re not just, like, the flavour of the week Ant-Man — not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”
Admittedly, Ant-Man, which starred Paul Rudd as the diminutive hero, didn’t do amazing business for Marvel.
Not widely known outside the comic book community, it brought in $384.8 million (£250 million) on a $130 million (£84 million) budget, meaning that after promotion and marketing, it can’t have been a great money spinner for the studio.
There was also turmoil in its production, when Marvel jettisoned original director and writer Edgar Wright after a protracted period of development.
But thus far the rivalry between DC Comics and Marvel in the movie business has been pretty cordial.
Maybe that’s set to change.
Snyder, who’s also directed comic book properties like '300’, Alan Moore’s classic 'Watchmen’, and 'Man of Steel’, will also helm the forthcoming 'Justice League’ movie, which will take on Marvel’s 'Avengers’ franchise pretty much head on.
'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Jesse Eisenberg, is due out March 25 next year.
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