“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder recently offered an explanation about one of the most criticized scenes in his film, which turned Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman into allies from two heroes with conflicting views of heroism.
There is one particular scene in the middle of the battle between the two heroes, when Superman asked Batman to save “Martha” because the latter was ready to kill Superman. Suddenly, Batman had a change of heart and seemingly realizing what the Man of Steel has been fighting for.
In a recent interview with Forbes, “Batman v Superman” director Zack Snyder shared the motivation behind the scene. According to him, the scene was intended for Superman’s character to show his humanity to the enraged Bruce Wayne through something that they have in common.
“You know, they’re both born and they live in a world where someone can care about them and mourn them, and they can love their mother,” Snyder said. “And that’s the cool thing, you know we spend so much time with the Martha-Clark relationship that I think it kind of pays off there. You realize, oh, we needed that as viewers, so we could get to a moment with Batman where that moment with Martha resonates. Because we’ve lived on with Clark’s relationship with his mother, so that moment is like, ‘Wow, that’s ringing for me and I feel it.'”
In the same interview, Snyder explained that the reason why Batman resents Superman is beyond the destruction of Metropolis as seen in “Man of Steel” and the early parts of “Batman v Superman.”
“We’re just accepting he’s [Superman] not going to do that. And that’s okay with everybody? We’re going to take it on his good graces, that he’s just going to say, “You know what, I’m a good guy, and I’m just going to stay good.”
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is still open in theaters.