The choice to have Ben Affleck's Dark Knight kill in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice proved controversial for many fans of the character. However, director Zack Snyder still defends the decision, and he has strong words for those who confront him about it.
A Reddit video shows the director answering questions at a charity event screening director's cuts of several of his films. At the Q&A for Watchmen, Snyder explained how that film colors his work and should influence how it's understood. He used the example of Batman killing, saying, “Someone says to me: [Ben Affleck’s] Batman killed a guy. I’m like, ‘Fuck, really? Wake the fuck up.'"
Snyder then went on to talk about how Watchmen differs from other superhero movies. "I guess that’s what I’m saying," he continued. "Once you've lost your virginity to this fucking movie and then you come and say to me something about like ‘my superhero wouldn’t do that.' I’m like ‘Are you serious?’ I’m like down the fucking road on that. It’s a cool point of view to be like ‘my heroes are still innocent. My heroes didn't fucking lie to America. My heroes didn't embezzle money from their corporations. My heroes didn't commit any atrocities.' That’s cool. But you’re living in a fucking dream world.”
The three-day charity event is screening Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition. Proceeds go towards the ArtCenter College of Design's Hillside Campus in California.
Following initial criticism of his choice to have Batman kill, Snyder cited Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns as inspiration. The director also came under fire for his choice to have Superman kill Zod at the end of Man of Steel.
Despite the controversy, Batman v. Superman is one of the most successful films in the DC Extended Universe, having earned over $873 million at the worldwide box office. The movie was not as well-received critically and currently sits at a 27% amongst critics on Rotten Tomatoes, though its audience score is much higher at 63%.
(via Heroic Hollywood)
Updated with additional context provided by the full Q&A on Vero.