Diane Lane Defends Batman v Superman’s ‘Martha’ Twist

Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman” was a divisive film. It released to mostly negative reviews in the spring of last year, receiving a 28% percent fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite earning $873 million worldwide against its $250 million dollar budget, it was considered a flop by Warner Bros. and DC films. Not only did the film fail to reach the expected one billion dollar mark, it didn’t even come close to the $1.5 billion earned by Marvel’s “The Avengers” in 2012.

Fans and critics were less than enthused with the darkness of Snyder’s take on DC’s most iconic heroes, and many ridiculed the crucial moment that ended the title fight between the film’s main characters. As an enraged Batman was about to deliver a death blow to his foe and future "Justice League" counterpart, Superman pleaded, "save Martha,” begging the Dark Knight rescue his adoptive mother from the clutches of Lex Luthor. He was also hoping to make a connection with Bruce Wayne, whose murdered mother was also named Martha.

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Diane Lane, who played Martha Kent in “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman,” and who is reprising the role in the upcoming “Justice League” movie, told The Hollywood Reporter that she was “wasn’t surprised” when she first read the scene in the script, and that she “found it appropriate to the story.”

“It’s the compassion for a man who’s lost his mother,” she explained. “When you understand the wound, you can work better with people.”

Although Clark’s gambit paid off in the film, many viewers found the moment contrived, and the Internet erupted with “Save Martha” memes that poked fun at the scene. Director Zack Snyder for his part, defended the plot point. He told Forbes magazine that it was the reason behind the film’s opening scene retelling the Wayne murders, and that it flowed from the depiction of the Martha-Clark relationship in “Dawn of Justice” and “Man of Steel.”

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Lane also told THR that she was looking forward to eventually sharing a scene with another supermom, the 49-year-old Nicole Kidman, who's playing mother to 37-year-old Jason Momoa in "Aquaman." “I want a scene with Nicole, that’s all I really want.” she exclaimed. “Perhaps in another [sequel]!”

Commenting on the implausible 12-year age difference between Momoa and Kidman, Lane kidded, “Well, I set that precedent,” alluding to the reaction that she was too young to play Ma Kent when her “Man of Steel” casting was initially announced. However, Lane is only 19 years older than her movie son, which is nowhere near as extreme.

"Justice League” stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

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