Recently, many observers have begun to speculate on the inevitable end of the superhero genre’s current box-office dominance. All things must pass, dust in the wind, etc. Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming Batman v Superman, knows this, but in his heart, he hopes that the film’s heroes will be remembered long after the current wave of comic-book movies subsides. In an interview with The Daily Beast, he expressed a worldview we might as well call DC exceptionalism: “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 flavor of the week Ant-Man — not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank Man?” Yeesh, more like Zack Snide–r.