While being a guest on the Shanlian on Batman podcast, Jay Oliva offers some insights into Batman vs. Superman in that originally the parademons where not a part of the Knightmare Batman scene, and that originally Batman was just going to fight the Superman soldiers, but director Zack Snyder went and added in the parademons as well as the Apokolips Omega Symbol:
I did the nightmare sequence with future Batman, although it was great because I just watched it again the other day and that last shot where itâs just one long, continuous take where Batman is fighting and eventually gets taken down, that was something I had talked to Zack about. Like, âWouldnât it be cool if we did aÂ Children of Men-style one shot?â Whatâs funny is that [the parademons] were a late addition, Zack added that after I had done it because originally it was supposed to be the Superman bad guys and then Batman just gets taken over.
I was as surprised as you guys that the parademons were in it, but I knew where they were going to lead to. Like theyâre all leading to the events that would eventually be likeÂ Justice League: War, my animated film, so I thought thatâs kind of cool theyâre bringing it this early into the story. For me, it was a nice addition. Even the shot where you saw theÂ Omega symbol, that was something I didnât know. That was added after I had finished my stint on it, so I didnât know we were going to do references to Apokolips and stuff in the film, so Iâm pretty jazzed that they put it in there.
Jay Oliva also got to work on the Justice League movie, though he can't obvliously reveal specific details:
âI didnât get to work onÂ Justice LeagueÂ duringÂ pre-production, but then while they were actually shooting they gave me a call and said âWe have this new sequence, can you come help me out?â I was like âOf course!â They flew me to London. I was there for a couple weeks just kind of crafting one of the new sequences that they had come up with, and I was telling Zack âIâm so glad I got to work on this movie!â I was hoping I got to work onÂ Justice League,Â so this was cool.â
Likewise, Oliva worked on Wonder Woman and offers he thinks it will be a great movie:
I worked with Patty extensively on the film so I think its going to be great. I think its going to be fun. Iâm totally jazzed to see it on the big screen. I did a couple sequences, so Iâm curious to see how they turned out. Iâm just happy there is aÂ Wonder WomanÂ film out!
Hereâs what I hope: I hope that theÂ Wonder WomanÂ film will do well enough that they will want to do an animated Wonder Woman movie because the movie Laura Montgomery had done for us at Warner Bros. I worked on it with her, and it's one of my favorite movies that we had done. It's a shame it didnât sell well mostly because it was pirated and because of that' thatâs why we donât get any Wonder Woman solo films because the one time we tried it didnât sell well' so of course the higher-ups thought there wasnât a market for Wonder Woman.
Jay Oliva's latest DC animated movie is out now with Justice League Dark.