Though reaction to Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” from critics and audiences has been divided, one thing the film certainly does is go further than you might expect in terms of some of its storylines.
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There’s no question that the ending, which essentially adapts the core storyline ‘Death of Superman’ from the 1990s comics, is a surprise inclusion.
Speaking with BuzzFeed, Snyder says the decision was made to reinforce the mythic status of the character:
“I felt it was inevitable. Even when we were working on ‘Man of Steel,’ I was like, Gosh, what are we going to do with this guy? He’s a pretty tough cookie. He’s so mythic. Superman takes cosmic shifts to get him to move emotionally [and] that reinforces his mythic nature.”
In a separate interview with Collider, he revealed that the idea came fairly early on in the proceedings and one person who was key to inclusion was executive producer Christopher Nolan who was initially sceptical of the idea:
“It was pretty early, and [Christopher] Nolan and I had long conversation about it, a really great, sort of philosophical conversation about it. He was really cool because he played an amazing devil’s advocate about why not to do it, and then in the end was like, ‘No you’re right, it’s better to do it.’ The studio was like, ‘What?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah but, how about I called the movie Dawn of Justice?’, and they’re like ‘Okay, okay, I like what you’re doing, I see what you’re doing.'”
Snyder says he almost didn’t include the last shot of ‘Dawn’, which sees specks of dirt begin to float off of Clark Kent’s casket and hints at the return of Henry Cavill’s Superman in “Justice League”:
“I went back and forth with it, to be honest. I do feel like it offers a teeny bit of hope for those people who need it. I feel like it’s obvious that we have to figure out a way to get him back, but I don’t know that everyone [knows that]. So I just wanted to give them that little jolt out of the theater, where they’re like, ‘Oh s–t! What’s going to happen?’… there is a plan, but that’s gonna be – you need to wait and see.”
With his death before the so-called ‘League’ is assembled – it could essentially make things tougher for all involved. Certainly ‘Dawn’ with its various ‘Knightmare sequences’ which tease Darkseid and offers a future warning from Ezra Miller’s Flash, suggests that might be the case and would explain how Affleck’s Bruce Wayne is the one to bring the team together due to the death of Superman and the now unprotected Earth:
“I really felt like Bruce should be the one that puts the Justice League together. He feels like the samurai who would do that, who gathers the others. The catalyst, the need for the Justice League, has to rise from something.”
Expect more members, not yet revealed, to be joining the ‘League’ down the line. Asked by IGN about why he picked the current line-up of seven, Snyder says:
“I thought long and hard about who to bring in, like who the Justice League would be made up of, and to me those are the heavy hitters right now. Of course, there’s room for some more, and I absolutely had to keep some back for the next little shock of awesomeness. Those guys felt like the guys who needed to surface.”
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is now in cinemas.