– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’re working with a character who is basically a god, it’s almost impossible to get away without having some sort of plot holes. A character like Superman has always suffered from this problem, and BATMAN v SUPERMAN is no exception, as the film left fanboys with a few potential plot-holey questions.

The particular potential plot hole we will be discussing now actually contains spoilers for the film. So if you haven’t seen the film, and don’t wish to be spoiled, I suggest looking away.







In the film, poor Martha Kent gets kidnapped by Lex Luthor’s goons, and this led some comic fans to wonder…why didn’t Superman hear her get kidnapped?

Director Zack Snyder delved into the reason for this. Originally, they had shot the scene, but it made the film decidedly darker in its moral grayness.

“I think all the way – to me, from Metropolis to Smallville is probably just on the edge of his range of hearing. Also the clutter of the city makes it difficult as well.”

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.

I kind of like the idea that he’s taught himself not to look because if he looks it’s just never-ending, 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.”

That’s definitely a darker take on his abilities for sure. While this does potentially explain why Superman couldn’t hear her get kidnapped, it’s hard to justify that Superman couldn’t hear her screams once she was in range and in the warehouse. In reality, once Batman had her location locked down, it may have been quicker for Superman to rescue her himself.

But again, you could literally dissect a movie with a god-like character all day. At least in the film, it led to that killer Batman fight sequence.

What’re your thoughts on Snyder’s comments? Let us know in the comments below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.