Just in time for Easter, a new religious symbol has been unearthed in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, courtesy of director Zack Snyder himself. On social media platform Vero, the DC movie director revealed that the kryptonite spear used by the Dark Knight in Dawn of Justice was in fact meant to be a reference to the death of Jesus.
Posting the picture of a painting rendering the famous catholic scene of a crucified Jesus getting stabbed by the blind Roman centurion Longinus, Snyder wrote: "Why with all the technology at his disposal would Batman build a spear... here's why."
This new revelation is only the latest religious imagery used by the director, who has been known to infuse both his Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman movies with Christian metaphors, especially when it comes to his depiction of Henry Cavill's Superman as a Christ-like figure.
With this revelation, it also seems like the director's take on Batman was influenced by religion. In fact, in Christianity, the blind Roman Longinus, after stabbing Jesus, would receive a few droplets of Christ's blood on his face that would allow him to see again -- a miracle that would convert the centurion to Christianity. Similarly, it was only when Batman would use his kryptonite spear on Superman that he would eventually come to see the light, and recognize him as the savior that he is.
This marks the most recent fan interaction by the director on Vero, who has used the social media platform to reveal the secrets behind his multiple DC Extended Universe movies, as well as the original plans for his scrapped two-part Justice League movie.
(via Batman News)
Available now on digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.