The friendly friction between ‘BvS’ director Zack Synder and ‘Star Wars 7’ director JJ Abrams has seen both directors pay tribute to each other’s films quite publicly, with a recent video featuring the Millennium Falcon and a tiny Batmobile being a particular highlight.
“I think it was started because JJ [Abrams] and Colin Anderson, who is a great [camera] operator who always works on my movies, and JJ is always trying to steal, and I’m trying to steal back, sent me a picture of the two of them wearing cheap Batman masks,” explains Affleck in our exclusive ‘Gone Girl' video above.
“I showed it to Zack [Snyder], and said ‘this is bulls***, we have to do something’.”
And retaliate they did. The first ‘Star Wars’-baiting photo from the set of ‘BvS’, showing Henry Cavill dressed as a Jedi, was posted on Twitter by Snyder in July earlier this year.
JJ Abrams responded with a photo of his ‘Star Wars 7’ leading man John Boyega dressed as Batman with the caption ‘#BOYEGAMAN”, and there have been numerous back and forths since, culminating recently with the internet-busting Millennium Falcon video last month.
Having two of the most anticipated films exchanging pleasantries in public is quite refreshing in the dog-eat-dog world of Hollywood, and Affleck thinks whichever film comes comes out on top eventually, it’s the fans who win.
“I think it’s cool. The sort of meta-awareness of these movies, and the two directors going back and forth… I like it, it’s cool.”
‘Gone Girl’ is out this Friday, October 3, while ‘Batman v Superman’ is coming 2016.
Image credit: Twitter/@ZackSynder