Zack Snyder's track record with the DCEU is pretty mixed but there are fans who will defend his films to death, whether they be Batman V Superman or Man of Steel. A lot of people are still mad that we didn't get his version of Justice League, which might have been problematic sure, but would have been a lot better than the generic superhero fodder we got two years ago.
So yes, Snyder has made good movies and isn't the worst filmmaker in the world. But why would anyone defend the "Martha" scene from Batman V Superman? Well, it seems like Snyder would, as the director was recently asked about it during his Director's Cuts panel at Pasadena's ArtCenter College of Design on Sunday (via ComicBook.com).
Here's how he defended the scene:
"That's a tough one. And we sort of were just throwing down on their humanity and Batman realizes Superman has humanity, he's not just a creature, he's a man — he's an alien, but he is as human as, in a lot of ways, he's more human than him, right? He's sort of embraced all the good parts of the human race, and so Batman's able to sort of see, in a lot of ways, a thing that he is not. And I think that that was how we started to talk about it."
"And it was actually Chris who told me, he goes, ‘You know, just saying... is it weird that they both, their mothers have the same name?' I was like, ‘That's crazy! Is that true? That is true.'And so that's kind of how the conversation started, it's as simple as that ... So that's kind of how it started, and then we started to talk about how it could work, and if it was Lois (Amy Adams) that said it, maybe it's better, it's that kind of thing. Look, it's a mythological construct, I have no problem with that part of it."
Now, to be fair, we get what they were trying to do here. They wanted Batman to see that Superman is more human than he gave him credit for and the fact that this God among men was begging Bruce to save his mother showed that he wasn't a menace.
Too bad the execution was horrible. SaAaAvE MuRtHa.
Shazam comes out on April 5. That will probably be better than Batman V Superman.