One of the most controversial aspects of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman was the fact that Batman killed his enemies without much of any thought. This completely goes against Batman’s number one rule he has always had in the comics, that he doesn’t kill people.
This aspect of Batman was one of the things that Nolan got right in his movies, why? Because if Batman kills people then he’s just a man, just another vigilante, no better than the likes of Marvel’s The Punisher. In fact, if Batman is happy enough to kill people he really should have been carrying some guns, it would have been easier.
Nolan caught on to the fact that there’s character drama in this rule, that it makes things tougher for Bruce instead of easier. To be an icon and a hero, not judge, jury, and executioner. Talking at a Q&A at a charity event over the weekend Snyder was answering questions about his DC movies and why certain choices were made. Here is what he said when asked about the controversial decision, as kindly transcribed by CBR.com. Apologies up front for the language, but we aim to be accurate.
“Someone says to me: [Ben Affleck’s] Batman killed a guy. I’m like, ‘Fuck, really? Wake the f**k up.'”
“I guess that’s what I’m saying, once you’ve lost your virginity to this fucking movie and then you come and say to me something about like ‘my superhero wouldn’t do that.’ I’m like ‘Are you serious?’ I’m like down the fucking road on that. It’s a cool point of view to be like ‘my heroes are still innocent. My heroes didn’t fucking lie to America. My heroes didn’t embezzle money from their corporations. My heroes didn’t commit any atrocities.’ That’s cool. But you’re living in a fucking dream world.”
Ok, so with this comment alone, Zack Snyder just proved to this writer and I’m sure I am not alone, that he should be nowhere near any of DC’s comic book properties, especially not Batman.
Snyder completely fails to grasp that these heroes are a distraction from the cold and heartless real world. This is a universe where there really are selfless heroes that give everything to keep the rest of us safe. The comics from both DC and Marvel became the behemoths they have over the years because they inspired fans through their hopeful messages.
Not many fans want to see heroes that embezzle money or commit atrocities, not in a comic book movie, at least, not in a mainstream DC movie about Superman and Batman. Zack, it is SUPPOSED to be a dream world, that’s the damn point. If I wanted to watch a movie about real heroes I’ll watch a movie about firemen, or police or something like Saving Private Ryan. But comic books are escapism, and Snyder proves here that he simply doesn’t understand the concept of escapist movies.
So if you ask me, WB films have gotten a lot better since Snyder stopped getting involved. My only question is who heard Snyder’s pitch and decided to allow him to launch a DCEU to rival Marvel’s, because that person is the real problem here. Snyder has his artistic vision of these heroes and that’s fine, but give him an Elseworlds movie, don’t ask the guy to build you a comic universe.
It also clues me in as to why Snyder failed to understand Superman in any of his movies. In Snyder’s mind, real heroes like Superman don’t exist and are pure fantasy. Well, I like fantasy and the ever-growing mega-successful MCU proves to Snyder that the world would rather see fantasy than realistic. Isn’t that what movies are for, after all, entertainment?
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