‘Batman v Superman’ Director Reveals The Scene He Cut For Being Too Dark

By April 8, 2016

Maybe, more than anything else, my least favorite thing about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was its blatant mishandling of Superman as a character throughout. It turns out though, that there was a scene involving the character in the film, that director Zack Snyder cut for being too dark, which says a lot considering the film’s overwhelmingly bleak tone throughout.

Because when you were watching the film as well, did you wonder why Superman didn’t just use his super hearing to listen for Martha’s cries once he found out about her capture at the hands of Lex Luthor’s men? Turns out, there was a scene in the film that directly addressed that issue.

Speaking with IGN recently, Snyder commented on the scene in question with the following:

“We had a scene that we cut from the movie where he tries to look for her when he finds out that Lex has got her. It was a slightly dark scene that we cut out because it sort of represented this dark side. Because when he was looking for his mom he heard all the cries of all the potential crimes going on in the city, you know when you look.”

And then Snyder went on to elaborate on the scene even more, and for those of you out there like me, who thought the film demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding around the character, wait until you hear this:

“I kind of like the idea that he’s taught himself not to look because if he looks it’s just neverending, right? You have to know when, as Superman, when to intervene and when not to. Or not when not to, you can’t be everywhere at once, literally you can’t be everywhere at once, so he has to be really selective in a weird way about where he chooses to interfere.”

Yeah, I think this frankly solidifies once and for all that Snyder’s Superman is in a lot of ways, an overwhelmingly cold one, which is something that Superman should never be. It’s in the character’s essence to be overwhelmed by being unable to save everyone in danger, and the idea of him just turning that off, and ignoring a number of large crimes in the world doesn’t sound like something that character would ever realistically do.

Then again, it’s also apparent throughout the entirety of the film that the only people this version of Superman is concerned about saving are Lois Lane and Martha Kent, so I guess it doesn’t come across as much of a surprise that Snyder would have included a scene like this in the original cut. It will however, be interesting to see if this ends up in the ultimate, R-rated cut that’s made a lot of noise over the past few months or not though, and if it is, how many Superman fans it manages to make angry as well.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theatres everywhere now.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable