‘Batman V Superman’ Kills At The Box Office… But What About That Ending Though? Zack Snyder Explains
Despite a 29% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, Batman V Superman is absolutely killing it at the box office. With an estimated opening weekend gross of $170 million dollars, it is set to have the biggest March opening of all time. Definite proof that sheer hype (and what one could call an “Anti-Critic” movement) can overpower the most venomous reviews. Still, the case on whether or not Batman V Superman was actually a good movie is a subject that has been debated and probably will continue to be debated for years to come. Let’s just say, its alright to say it was OK, enjoyable even, but lacked a few things. Speaking of which…
Outside the disjointed editing, missed or underdeveloped characterizations, the cramming in of too many story elements, and those damn dream sequences (which most everyone can agree were unnecessary), it’s the films ending that left things on a bit of bizarre and mysterious note. According to director Zack Snyder, this ending was “inevitable.”
WARNING!!! SPOILERS BELOW
At the end of the movie, Superman sacrifices himself to kill Doomsday and a funeral is given for him. Yes, instead of giving that sequence its own film and progressive build up, Snyder just had to include Doomsday and The Death of Superman (as ripped from the 90s comic saga) and shoe horned it in with the rest of the story lines, themes, and character building. All together making for a confused movie; not in the sense that it was confusing to follow (though some could argue that case) but “confused” on what it wanted to be/do. Regardless, the ending was definitely controversial. If not for the reason above (Doomsday story getting its own movie), how can Snyder set-up a future DC Film Universe, how can you have a Justice League, if Superman is 6 ft under? Oh, he’s not dead right, ’cause of those floaty bits of dirt above his coffin before the credits rolled teasing that he’s ALIVE… OK, gotcha.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Zack Snyder was asked about the decision to end the film with Superman’s death. Snyder said:
“I felt it was inevitable. Even when we were working on Man of Steel, I was like, Gosh, what are we going to do with this guy? He’s a pretty tough cookie.”
Snyder admitted to Buzzfeed that he had to make sure the ending of Batman V Superman set up the upcoming two-part Justice League movie. What he needed was a “catalyst” for the heroes to come together against Lex Luthor. Much like Agent Coulson’s supposed demise united the Avengers in 2012, Superman’s death will assemble the Justice League in 2017. Snyder said:
“To me, [Superman’s death] solved so many great problems,”
Snyder went on to say that he almost didn’t include the shot of the floating dirt. He simply added that in to give the audience a sense of hope. He said:
“I went back and forth with it, to be honest. I do feel like it offers a teeny bit of hope for those people who need it. I feel like it’s obvious that we have to figure out a way to get him back, but I don’t know that everyone [knows that]. So I just wanted to give them that little jolt out of the theater, where they’re like, ‘Oh shit! What’s going to happen?’”
One could argue that while the ending was unexpected, it was still a bad way to end the movie. In addition to introducing Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg in the first Justice League movie, the filmmakers now have to find a reasonable way to revive Superman. What are they going to do? Is the Justice League going to sail to Davey Jones’ Locker to get Superman back from the land of the dead? What will happen next?
As of right now, Suicide Squad is set for release this August with Wonder Woman and Justice League: Part 1 coming in 2017. With Suicide Squad centering around Batman’s villains and the Wonder Woman movie being an origin story, we aren’t likely to learn Superman’s fate until Justice League: Part 1. So how will Superman rise from the dead? Fans will just have to wait to find out.