At the end of Man of Steel, the biggest question was how Superman was going to pay for the sheer level of destruction he left behind following his battle with Zod – if the people of Metropolis were going to keep welcoming him with open arms, or run away when they saw him coming.
The trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have indicated that the world may not be as receptive to Superman’s heroic actions as he may have thought, with Ben Affleck’s Batman’s main crusade against the Man of Steel directly because of the destruction he caused in the previous film.
While recently speaking with DC All Access as well, director Zack Snyder talked about Superman’s state amongst humanity when we catch back up with him in Dawn of Justice and the change in how the public is beginning to look at him:
“Over the last two years he’s basically been Superman as pop culture would know him. He’s been righting wrongs, there have been floods, mines have collapsed, bridges have collapsed, churches have caught on fire. He’s basically been a hero. When we find him, he’s been dealing with the everyday world of being a superhero, but there’s a paradigm shift happening in that the unintended consequences of some of those rescues are starting to come into fruition. He’s starting to see that every action has a reaction. Like, if you’re just taking a cat out of a tree, you can’t touch anything or the arborists will say, ‘He damaged the tree branch when he got the cat down.’ Or, ‘The cat wasn’t neutered, so now there’s thousands of cats.’ There’s no winning anymore for Superman.”
He went on to elaborate more on the unfair persecution that Superman faces in the film, specifically from Batman, who isn’t necessarily misplacing his blame:
“It’s interesting to see how Batman perceives Superman, because he doesn’t know who Superman is. All he knows is the public face of Superman. And if you have an idea about someone or if you start to doubt someone’s intentions, you can always read in the media, you can always see the face that you want to see, based on how it’s reported. Batman’s seen the destruction of Metropolis. That’s the thing he knows for a fact. So if thousands die, is that okay? What next? Millions? Is everyone okay with that? Because I’m not. That’s Batman’s point of view.”
It sounds like Batman v Superman is going to attempt to address some issues that we’re facing in the real world with several elements of its story, which could make its conflict between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel all that more interesting, if done right.
The thing about this movie is that I don’t think anyone can fault it for its ambition because it’s clearly packed to the brim with it. The only thing that I think worries both myself and a large portion of the film’s fandom is whether or not Snyder and co. will actually be able to pull off everything they’re going for. It’s one thing to be ambitious, but it’s another to simply ignore when too much has clearly become too much.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters on March 25th.
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