Diane Lane Defends THAT Scene in 'Batman v Superman'

Monday, 15 August 2016 - 8:25PM
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Batman v Superman
Monday, 15 August 2016 - 8:25PM
Diane Lane Defends THAT Scene in 'Batman v Superman'
There was a lot to criticize about Batman v Superman (and I mean a lot), but without question, the moment of the film that's been most gleefully taken to task by critics is the infamous "Martha scene." The scene of course takes place when Batman is about to kill Superman. Supes yells out the name "Martha," which causes the Dark Knight to stop what he's doing, because his mom was named Martha. He then learns that Superman's mom is also named Martha, and the two immediately become best friends.

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One person who doesn't think the scene is dumb is Diane Lane, who portrays Martha Kent in the film. Here's what she has to say about the Martha scene:
Opening quote
"Superman and Batman certainly entered the superhero business from opposite roads, yet they have similar histories. There's the loss of your original family, so they're both orphans. And I don't think Batman sees Superman as human until he realizes that he has mother. And I think, when Batman makes the decision to rescue Martha, Superman's mother, in a way he's redeeming his own sense of powerlessness he had when he could not save his own mother."
Closing quote

It's an admirable effort by Lane to try and make sense of the scene, but there are just way too many leaps in logic for the scene to make sense. For instance, lots of people are named Martha, does Batman always flip out when he hears the name? Why would he not think Superman had a mother before? Also, this still doesn't resolve any of their philosophical differences, doesn't explain why they're immediately friends, and the idea of stopping a fight because your mother has the same name as your opponent's mom is still really, really dumb. Here's the scene in case it's been a while since you've seen it. 

So sorry, Diane Lane. Loved you in Inside Out, but I'm going to have to disagree with you when it comes to Martha.

Via: Cinema Blend.


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