Snyder Reflects On “Batman” Flashback Inclusion

Ten days into its run, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has raked in $682.9 million, surpassing the total gross of its predecessor “Man of Steel”. Ahead of release there seemed to be debate over whether the film needed to gross $800 million or a full $1 billion worldwide to go into profit, it will certainly reach that first milestone – but the steep drop-offs may prevent it achieving the latter.

Reaction to the film remains a hot topic of debate, specifically certain plot elements. It’s not a spoiler to say that the film opens with the death scene of Bruce Wayne’s parents – a scene familiar to many audiences from the various screen incarnations of the character. In fact it’s so familiar, there’s a legitimate question as to why bother including it.

Zack Snyder tells Forbes the reasoning behind the decision which ultimately does tie back into a SPOILER, they key moment of the film that has since come under fire:

“You know, they’re both born and live in a world where someone can care about them and mourn them, and they can love their mother. 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.’

When we were shooting the title sequence, that whole idea about, ‘Do we really need to see the death of the Waynes again,’ is a big thing to take a shot at again. But you realize you need it, because it actually pays off. And I really wanted to do it all the way.”

Tying back into the film, reports that director Kevin Smith told a crowd late last week that Ben Affleck is taking what he’s learned from the reviews for ‘Dawn of Justice’ and making sure he doesn’t fall into the same traps which plagued Snyder and Chris Terrio’s script: “I guarantee you he’s read everything… and he’s like: ‘OK, these are all the pitfalls my script isn’t going to fall into'”.