Zack Snyder reveals the extremely “poetic” title he wanted for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

His Justice League regrets may now be behind him and an HBO Max paywall, but Zack Snyder is not yet done griping about Warner Bros. further tarnishing his dull visions.

In an interview over the weekend, Snyder navelgazed even further into his superhero past to reflect on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—specifically, its lengthy, idiotic title. Very on-brand, it turns out Snyder wanted something even wordier and stupid in a completely different way that Snyder of course considers “poetic.”

“There was a back-and-forth that I had with the studio. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was like the only title that they—and the ‘Dawn of Justice’ part was very much, like… the whole ‘v’ instead of “vs,” it was like this crazy negotiation,” Snyder said. “And I was like, guys, can’t we just do something like Son of Sun and Knight of Night, or like something that’s a little bit more poetic?” And they were like, ‘Absolutely not.'”

Firstly, both sides in this argument are completely right and utterly wrong. One side is like, “We should drive this car into a wall,” and the other is like, “No, we should drive this car off a cliff, and make sure to do a barrel roll before we explode at the bottom of the ravine.” Both of these should be absolutely nots.

Secondly, as funny as it is what a Snyder-y title Son of Sun and Knight of Night is, it’s so much funnier how he presents it like it was sort of off the cuff. Like he’s in this meeting with these studio execs, and he come back with, “Can’t we just title it something like… I don’t know—I’m just spitballing here—but what about: SON OF SUN AND KNIGHT OF NIGHT. Again, we could workshop that, but it’s just the first thing that came to me.” And maybe that’s how it happened! This is Zack Snyder, perfectly formed, the alpha and omega of Zack Snyders.

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