Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman movies helped push superhero films into the heart of popular culture. Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel. So when Snyder decided to make Batman v Superman, the director told Empire that he decided to ask for Nolan’s blessing. Nolan’s response was about as measured as that of a British villain in a Christopher Nolan Batman movie:
“You tell me if you don’t want me to do it,” Snyder told Nolan. After a silence, Nolan said, “Well, we don’t own these characters. When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them].”
With that unequivocal and enthusiastic endorsement, Snyder went off to cook up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is coming to a theater near you on March 25. Snyder added, “In a lot of ways Batman v Superman is a very personal concept … It is just two people trying to understand each other’s point of view,” which is enough for us to propose a brand-new fan theory: Batman v Superman is a meta-commentary about Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan.