Zack Snyder explained the rivalry between the two heavyweight characters Batman and The Joker is key to the DC universe and was a no-brainer for his Justice League movie.
Director Zack Snyder confirmed the friction between Batman and The Joker is one of the significant aspects of the universe, which is why he ensured to introduce their conflict in his version of the Justice League.
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Speaking with I Minutemen on YouTube, the filmmaker said:
It was important to me that Batman and Joker have a scene together. Let’s be honest, Batman/Joker are kind of the — that conflict is central to the universe.
He added it felt odd to him or rather a shame not to have it included in the storyline that binds the heroes of the universe against a menace to all life.
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Frankly, it was a conflict that I had planned for the nightmare sequence. And so, you know [I] was excited to like, get the opportunity to do it, to have a little taste [of] that. So, I thought it was important for fans to see their Batman and this cinematic universe’s Joker coming to some small conflict.
The Snyder Cut of Justice League is restoring over two hours of content that did not feature in the original release, which was concluded in the post-production by Avengers director Joss Whedon when Snyder had to leave to deal with a personal tragedy.
The film synopsis reads:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League hits our screens on HBO Max on 18th March.