Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film have been controversial for a variety of reasons but the director stands by his vision.
According to CBR.com, the director was on a panel recently at a charity screening series of his film “Watchmen” when he broached one of the big complaints about 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”: that Batman kills people in the film.
“Someone says to me: ‘Batman killed a guy,'” he said to a laughing audience, as seen in a video posted to Reddit. “I’m like, ‘F**k, really? Wake the f**k up.'”
He continued, “I guess that’s what I’m saying. Once you’ve lost your virginity to this f**king movie and then you come and say to me something about like ‘My superhero wouldn’t do that.’ I’m like ‘Are you serious?’ I’m like down the f**king road on that. It’s a cool point of view to be like ‘My heroes are still innocent. My heroes didn’t f**king lie to America. My heroes didn’t embezzle money from their corporations. My heroes didn’t commit any atrocities.’ That’s cool. But you’re living in a f**king dream world.”
Snyder also addressed another controversial and regularly mocked creative choice in “Batman v. Superman”: the scene in which the two heroes stop fighting after realizing their mothers are both named Martha.
“It’s funny, because we, [screenwriter] Chris Terrio and I, we did reach that point in the movie, in our discussions… we knew how to get them to fight, right? But how do you get them to stop fighting?” Snyder recalled, according to ScreenRant. “That’s a tough one.”
He explained, “We sort of were just throwing down on their humanity and Batman realizes Superman has humanity, he’s not just a creature, he’s a man — he’s an alien, but he is as human as, in a lot of ways, he’s more human than him, right? He’s sort of embraced all the good parts of the human race, and so Batman’s able to sort of see, in a lot of ways, a thing that he is not. And I think that that was how we started to talk about it… Then we started to talk about how it could work, and if it was Lois (Amy Adams) that said it, maybe it’s better, it’s that kind of thing. Look, it’s a mythological construct, I have no problem with that part of it.”
Of course, Snyder’s defence of his films didn’t settle any arguments on social media, where superhero fans continued to debate the issue of Batman killing people.