Say what you will about “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” but here we are a week after it has opened, and the conversation around Zack Snyder‘s critically derided, blockbuster hit keeps spinning. Granted, a good portion of that talk has surrounded many of the odd decisions or developments found in the final movie (like the random killing of Jimmy Olsen), and the director has weighed in a couple of more elements from his movie.
Firstly, while Robin is never mentioned by name, fans feel the weight of his absence in ‘Dawn Of Justice,’ with Brooding Bruce keeping his former sidekick’s costume, covered in graffiti written by the Joker, in a trophy case, as a constant reminder of that loss. And Snyder reveals how they approached dealing with Robin and Batman.
“In my mind, it was that Robin had died 10 years earlier, during some run in with a young Joker [played by Jared Leto in the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad‘]. To me, it was a fun backstory there to play with. The whole idea was that there had been loss and sacrifice. In a weird way, he sacrificed everything to be Batman, right? He doesn’t really have a life outside of the cave. I thought by including Robin — a dead Robin — it would help us understand he’s been on quite a little journey,” the director told IGN.
However, the absence of Robin isn’t the only thing cooking in Batman’s brain. The hero also has a couple of dream sequences, one of them featuring The Flash, who tries to reveal to the Dark Knight the connection between Lois Lane and Superman. And Snyder promises this little moment, which was added to the movie mid-production, will pay off.
“Let’s just say this, I think it’s OK to look at the extended dream sequence as an impressionistic view of a possible future. And that’s not hard to—I mean that’s in the sequence; I’m not spoiling anything or making up anything that you should see. So the connection with The Flash part of that sequence, you can speculate whether he’s coming from that reality or another one,” he told Empire. “That’s the fun stuff to try and figure out exactly what Flash is saying to Bruce and what it means. We know, so we’re not making it up.”
Indeed, cameras roll on “Justice League Part One” in just a couple of weeks, so we’ll see soon enough what the groundwork Snyder lays out in ‘Batman v Superman’ leads to.