Batman v Superman was, overall, a pretty dark movie filled with pretty dark things, but in a recent interview, director/darkness aficionado Zack Snyder explained how it could have been even darker, via a scene that ended up on the cutting room floor.
(Even if they’d wanted to put said scene back in the movie, they would never have been able to find it after that, the cutting room floor being way too dark and all).
So, what was the scene in question? A spoiler alert – if you somehow care about Batman v Superman spoilers at this point – applies. If you’re game, keep scrolling past Sad Ben Affleck below.
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The relevant scene takes place when Clark/Superman is searching for his mum, after she is kidnapped by Lex Luthor’s goons near the climax of the movie.
Snyder offered his own opinion on the question of why he didn’t hear her cries for help in the first place, saying:
“I think all the way – to me, from Metropolis to Smallville is probably just on the edge of his range of hearing. Also the clutter of the city makes it difficult as well.”
He then explained how the deleted scene fits in:
“We had a scene that we cut from the movie where he tries to look for her when he finds out that Lex has got her. It was a slightly dark scene that we cut out because it sort of represented this dark side. Because when he was looking for his mom he heard all the cries of all the potential crimes going on in the city, you know when you look.
I kind of like the idea that he’s taught himself not to look because if he looks it’s just neverending, right? You have to know when, as Superman, when to intervene and when not to. Or not when not to, you can’t be everywhere at once, literally you can’t be everywhere at once, so he has to be really selective in a weird way about where he chooses to interfere.”
The current worldwide gross for ‘Batman v Superman’ sits at $742,795,542, which reads more like a phone number than an amount of money, and probably gives Ben Affleck at least one thing to smile about.