In 2005, one of the big reasons for a critical divide over Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” was his apparent killing of the film’s villain (albeit via inaction) because it violated the comic character’s code of not killing.
Those were quaint times as three years ago Zack Snyder unleashed “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” on the world, a film that got fans debating over many aspects including the fact Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader had no problem killing multiple people throughout the film including multiple victims in the infamous warehouse scene.
During a recent Q&A as part of his The Director’s Cut screenings, director Zack Snyder addressed his handling of Batman in the film and seemed surprised people would have an issue with the character having murderous tendencies. Snyder says (as seen in this Reddit video):
“Someone says to me: [Ben Affleck’s] Batman killed a guy. I’m like, ‘f—, really? Wake the f— up. I guess that’s what I’m saying. Once you’ve lost your virginity to this f—ing 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—ing road on that.
It’s a cool point of view to be like ‘my heroes are still innocent. My heroes didn’t f—ing lie to America. My heroes didn’t embezzle money from their corporations. My heroes didn’t f—ing commit any atrocities.’ That’s cool. But you’re living in a f—ing dream world.
So the cool thing is like mythologically-speaking I’m 100% fine and by the way I love anything more than Superman and Batman, but in the same way that Alan Moore was fed up with the f—in’ like OK ‘no ya know .. they do THIS.”
Despite a critical drubbing, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” made $873 million at the box-office from a $250 million budget. Snyder’s ‘Ultimate Edition’ of the film clocks in at 183 minutes – the longest running superhero film made until this week when it was revealed in a now deleted tweet that “Avengers: Endgame” will match it.