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Zack Snyder Certainly Had a Lot of Ideas for the DCEU...

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | March 27, 2019 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | March 27, 2019 |

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Zack Snyder’s been busy lately letting everyone know what was up with his exceedingly divisive DCEU films. By now, his takes on Gotham and Metropolis’s finest have been dissected countless times over and inspired many a Twitter war (oh god the social media fights). Snyder’s ardent fans still want a director’s cut of Justice League but Warner Bros. and the paying public seem happy with the new direction the franchise is taken, one far less concerned with gloomy realism and more worried about how many sharks Willem Dafoe can ride. Whatever route the series takes now, it will undoubtedly be different from Snyder’s original vision, and for some people, that’s a problem.

For Snyder, it definitely seems to be a problem. He’s laid low for a while, dealing with tragedy in his personal life as well as the endless rumours that he was fired from Justice League rather than let go. Now, he’s back letting the world know exactly why he made the DCEU what it was and how audiences need to grow the f*ck up to that. Recently, he appeared on a panel at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, where he went in-depth on how he and Batman V Superman screenwriter Chris Terrio came up with the now infamous Martha scene (taken from Screen Rant: Full disclaimer, I am a features writer for the site):

‘It’s funny, because we, Chris Terrio and I, we did reach that point in the movie, in our discussions… we knew how to get them to fight, right? But how do you get them to stop fighting? 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… 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.’

I don’t think this would have been bad in execution if the film was more steeped in that kind of hyper-surreal mythological approach, but the story is too eager to be rooted in some semblance of post-9/11 realism and it stumbles hard because of that. It doesn’t hurt that the moment ends up being accidentally comedic as a result.

According to /Film, ‘Snyder also revealed that at one point, they considered making Martha Wayne and Martha Kent the same person. An idea was floated that after Martha Wayne was shot, she didn’t die. Instead, she was put into witness protection somewhere in Kansas, under the name Martha Kent.’ However, Screen Rant describes the Witness Protection moment more as Snyder joking around, so I’m hesitant to give this fuel as something Snyder and Warner Bros. were actually planning. Would it have been mental? Hell yeah, but I’m curious to see how you would deal with the psychological fallout of Bruce finding out his mother abandoned him and left him to think he was an orphan. Yikes.

EDIT: After /Film’s write-up of the original Screen Rant post went viral, managing editor Jacob Hall took to Twitter to apologize for the error, noting how the original post was also quietly updated to reflect the more jokey tone of the original statement.

As for that near mythic ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League? Well, Snyder himself says it exists and he seems happy to fan those flames of enthusiasm. The chances of Warner Bros. actually releasing it? Eh, I wouldn’t count on it any time soon, not while their current DCEU films are doing so well.

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Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.

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