When A-list directors want to break news regarding their massive superhero tentpole films, they naturally are going to do it on 97.1 FM The Ticket in Detroit. OK, so Zack Snyder is really the only director who has done that before (as far as we know), and based on the incredulous voices of the sports-talk hosts on this station, they were equally surprised – and probably afraid of being punked – when Snyder called in to their program to defend Aquaman.
Not that he’s IN Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. For the record.
Batman v. Superman is busy filming in Detroit. And as you can imagine, Snyder’s movie – and the potential heroes – are the talk of the town. Apparently the talk show hosts were knocking Aquaman as being basically useless, what with his seemingly limited abilities to talk to sea creatures and swim, really far. So Snyder decided to call in and set them straight on Aquaman’s potential. Snyder said:
Aquaman has some cool abilities. His trident could cut the flesh of Superman if they came in contact. That’s a thing that’s in the canon. He’s super strong … It’s not to say that he’s in the movie or anything like that but … he has the potential to be bad ass."
You really have to listen to the whole interview, to get a better sense of how surreal it was that Snyder bothered to call a sports-talk radio and discuss Aquaman. It is cool, but he spent half the call convincing the hosts that he really was who he said that he was. Listen to the full call here.
Landing a Zack Snyder interview while he’s working on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is a HUGE get. And the biggest disappointment is that these hosts aren’t prepared. There are so many things they could have asked Snyder to elaborate on, from the themes of Anti-Superman-dom flowing out of the set, to the recent release date move that sounds like a bolt away from the powerful Marvel Studios. I mean, Snyder called them to talk. I wish they got him talking about far more interesting things than whether or not he has bumped into Ben Affleck around town. I mean, really?
From the end of the conversation, Zack Snyder left the door open to more possible phone calls. He claims he listens to the radio all day, and says that if the hosts talk smack about his superheroes, he just might call in to defend them. Zack? If you are reading this, drop me an email. I have a lot of good questions about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the direction you hope to take this entire DC Cinematic Universe. I promise I won’t ask if you have run into Ben Affleck all summer. Call or email. We’ll talk.