Some of the revelations that have surfaced recently, on the other hand, aren’t about symbolism that seemingly no one asked about, but rather moments in BvS that genuinely left audiences confused. Take, for example, the opening scene in which we see a young Bruce Wayne fall into a cave after fleeing from his parents’ funeral, only to be lifted back up towards the light by a massive swarm of bats. As the sequence unfolds, we hear a monologue from the adult Bruce Wayne, who refers to the light as “a beautiful lie.” When Snyder was asked by a fan what this meant, the director explained the “lie” was that, rather than light, Bruce’s quest for justice instead leads him into darkness.
For many, Batman’s overtly dark nature in BvS was a major point of contention, as it seemed to contradict how the character is typically depicted in the comic book source material. However, more fans took exception with Snyder’s vision for Superman, especially during arguably the most confusing moment in the entire film: the Knightmare scene.
During that sequence, we see a vision of Batman arriving in a desert wasteland, where he’s attacked by parademons and brought before a fascist version of Superman. After killing Batman’s fellow prisoners, the Man of Steel then blames the Dark Knight for taking someone from him (presumably Lois Lane) before proceeding to murder him with his bare hands. Then, we suddenly see Bruce back in the Batcave, having apparently been awoken by The Flash, who warns him that Lois is somehow “the key.”
While Snyder has elaborated on this scene in the past, he recently had to clarify once again for a fan that the implication was Superman was being controlled by Darkseid via the Anti-Life Equation. The problem is that, aside from the Omega symbol we see in the desert, there’s really no way anyone without an encyclopedic knowledge of DC Comics lore would be able to figure this out without having it explained to them; it’s a classic example of style over substance, but dialed up to the nth degree.
This, ultimately, is the crux of what makes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a bad film. Deep symbolism, obscure references and intricate plot points that lead viewers to ask additional questions and seek thorough analyses online after they see a movie is hardly a new phenomenon. However, when it seems as though the only person who’s able to decipher all this information for themself is the one who directed the film, the inevitable disconnect that results from crafting such an overly and unnecessarily complex narrative isn’t the audience’s fault – it’s the film's.