It's now the weekend after its release, and millions have fans have had a chance to see Zack Snyder's latest film--and the second film in the DC Extended Universe--BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, after years of waiting.
While critics weren't too kind to the film, many fans really did seem to enjoy it (this fan included), and one of the biggest surprises that the film offered came in the form of its ballsy ending. Again, if it wasn't clear from the title, if you haven't seen the film, and don't wish to be spoiled, I recommend you stop reading right about now.
In an interesting move, Zack Snyder and co. have gone with the whole "death of Superman" angle, killing him off--though admittedly giving some hints near the end of his possible resurrection. While a part of many fans thought this could be the direction the film could go in, it is interesting to go this angle so early on, with only two films in the DCEU so far.
But Zack Snyder thinks this ending should've been obvious to fans.
“I felt it was inevitable,” Snyder recently told BuzzFeed News. “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.”
Following the release of the infamous trailer that ended with Doomsday facing off against the DC Trinity, Snyder had apparently taken to the internet to just how many folks would guess that the film would end in the Man of Steel's death.
“I was shocked that people did not immediately jump to the conclusion, I think they just felt like, ‘That’s impossible. They’re not going to kill Superman.’ I mean, a couple people did [figure it out], but then they were all yelled at. It was funny.”
I was one of those many fans who believed it was impossible. As mentioned above, this was only the second film in the DCEU. They couldn't knock off Supes so early on, could they? Of course, in a comic book movie, death is never eternal, and there are still plenty of ways Superman can come back to life. But in addition to being loyal to the source material, Superman's death was a vital storytelling device.
“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.”
Snyder also goes on to say that the Justice League couldn't just happen out of left field. “The catalyst, the need for the Justice League, has to rise from something,” he said. As Lex so insanely stated in the film, the death of Superman was "a cosmic bell that cannot be unrung, and would signify that Earth was suddenly vulnerable."
“To me, [Superman’s death] solved so many great problems,” said Snyder.
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SOURCE: Buzzfeed News