Zack Snyder Talks Superman Centric Deleted Scene in Batman v Superman

Friday, 08 April 2016 - 8:42PM
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Batman v Superman
Friday, 08 April 2016 - 8:42PM
Zack Snyder Talks Superman Centric Deleted Scene in Batman v Superman
Zack Snyder has definitely taken the brunt of the backlash for Batman v Superman, and not all of it has been related to his dark and gritty take on superheroes. Most of the more thoughtful criticisms aimed at the film have been about plot holes and leaps in logic, and a lot of those criticisms are most definitely not unfounded.

Recently, IGN had a chance to ask him about one potential plot hole in the film regarding why Superman couldn't hear his mother, and in reply, he talked about a certain deleted scene that fans may potentially get a chance to see on the Ultimate Edition DVD later this year.  

Opening quote
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 neverending, 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.
Closing quote


Of course, similar themes have been addressed countless times in the comics, as one of the moral dilemmas Superman often faces is the question, "when have I done enough?" As the Man of Steel arguably lets certain crimes be committed every time he takes off his cape and heads to the Daily Planet, it would definitely be an interesting theme to play with on the big screen.

That being said, I'm glad that this scene didn't make it into the movie. Snyder already hit fans over the head far too much with the idea that Superman lets certain crimes go unpunished, to the extent that he's caused many people to see his version of the character as being anti-superheroic, not fraught with internal conflict. The best Man of Steel moments in Batman v Superman were undoubtedly the ones where he was saving the day, and Snyder arguably failed to present Superman as the conflicted hero that he was aiming for. It's not that viewers couldn't see what Snyder was going for by introducing these internal conflicts, just that he didn't execute them as well as he could have.

So what do you think? Should this clip have been included in the final cut of the film?
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