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Zack Snyder Says The Ending Of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ “Solved So Many Great Problems”

Zack Snyder Says The Ending Of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' "Solved So Many Great Problems"

**Spoilers ahead** There is no shortage of chatter about “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” particularly in regards to its critical response versus box office reception (a topic we dove deep into yesterday). But not yet discussed as deeply has been Zack Snyder‘s decision to “kill” Superman, or rather, having the hero sacrifice himself in order to stop Doomsday. It’s a move that’s only halfway bold given that by the film’s last moments reveal the superhero will be coming back, and that we know there’s no way in hell Warner Bros. is making a “Justice League” movie without the character. But the director explains why he decided to go down the Superman-killing road anyway.

“To me, [Superman’s death] solved so many great problems,” Snyder told Buzzfeed, one of them being that it provides “the catalyst, the need for the Justice League, has to rise from something.” Indeed, it’s barely after Superman is in the ground that Bruce Wayne is growling about putting a team together. However, the filmmakers believed fans would’ve figured out the fate of the Man Of Steel sooner, considering that the famous “The Death Of Superman” comic from 1992 found the hero slain by Doomsday. And there was some debate about whether or not to reveal the character in the trailers.
“We talked about it a lot,” producer Deborah Snyder said. “It’s a big deal. But we wanted to own it, quite honestly. We felt like at least we were going to get it out in a way that we wanted it to go out. Because I think in this day and age, you have to assume it’s going to get out there.”

However, no one really put two and two together. “I was shocked that people did not immediately jump to the conclusion,” she added. “I think they just felt like, ‘That’s impossible. They’re not going to kill Superman.’ I mean, a couple people did [figure it out], but then they were all yelled at. It was funny.” 

Meanwhile, chatting with Collider, the producer revealed how Ezra Miller‘s The Flash got an extra moment during Batman’s flash-forward memory thing, when he tries to impart some kind of message to the Dark Knight about the important connection between Superman and Lois Lane.

“As we started then we worked on our script, I think we were in the middle of shooting and we started working on the outline for the next movie and where they go, and Zack said, ‘Oh my God let’s add this moment that is gonna pay off down the road, and we’ll find out more information,’ ” she said. Let’s hope it does pay off, and feels organic too.

Lastly, there may have been one cameo you didn’t see at all — Patrick Wilson as the President Of The United States. Yep, he appears as a voice on the phone, and when “Aquaman” director James Wan (who has directed the actor in two “The Conjuring” movies and a pair of “Insidious” flicks) was asked by ComingSoon if we’ll see more of Wilson in the DCU, he teased, “You just might!” Well, there you go.

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