To call Batman v Superman a divisive film would be an understatement. It’s a movie that’s been assaulted by fans and critics on all fronts by this point. Whether it’s the disjointed narrative or the interpretation of Lex Luthor, there seem to be a myriad of problems that folks have with the flick. But there is one thing that you can hardly criticize the man for: his visuals.
Snyder has always been exceptional at telling stories through visuals (which, in turn makes him — in my opinion — one of the better filmmakers out there, criticism be damned). In fact, while Snyder is a very mainstream director, I’ve always felt that he has a more artsy-fartsy sensibility than people want to think. He rarely likes to spell things out, and it certainly doesn't help that he likes to deal in very abstract concepts. Sadly, he isn’t quite skilled enough yet to get his point across to a mainstream audience. He also deals very much in visual symbolism.
One fan in particular — only known as The Kingslayer on Vero — had a theory regarding one of the highlight scenes of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Superman is surrounded by folks in Day of the Dead attire. What follows is a series of news clips and commentary on what people think Superman is.
Here's what the fan had to say:
“Love this scene and the Zimmer score. Sums up what BvS is about really. Clark just trying to do the right thing, but everyone just refers to him as some ‘higher power’ as they say and the day of the dead partakers put their hands on him, almost as if he’s a god they could finally meet. Plus the symbolism of Clark being dragged down by the people who died during him and Zod’s fight, symbolized by people dressed in skeletons, honoring the dead (maybe that’s just my overthinking) still, superduper scene.”
It’s a theory that feels like it could very well be in line with Snyder’s thinking, based on his history as a filmmaker, but it also seems like it could be (as this user even states) them reading into it — which is not uncommon for film lovers to do. However, Snyder himself took to the app to reaffirm his thoughts on that scene.
“No no that’s right,” he said.
It’s some real beautiful imagery, and it makes me wonder what other scenes that Snyder put a lot of thought and are into that blew over all our heads. While the film itself didn’t resonate with me emotionally, on a technical level in terms of story, I think it’s incredibly underrated. Plus, Snyder’s visual flare is rarely ever shallow, and I’ve always loved keeping an eye on what other below-the-surface points he’s trying to make.
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