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A Scene Was Cut From ‘Batman V Superman’ For Being ‘Too Dark’

I know, I know, you’re tired of hearing about the lackluster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Look, so am I. I’m tired of theorizing about how Snyder and Co. screwed up the DC Cinematic Universe. I’m tired of discussing the film’s inconsistent narrative. I’m tired of comparing the clumsily set-up DC Cinematic Universe to the masterfully established Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m tired of asking for someone, anyone, to save the world from Zach Snyder.

However! This bit of information right here! This bit of information right here! This is some juicy stuff!

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We’re treading spoiler territory, though. If you haven’t seen Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, I urge you to click away. Now.

Oh. You’re still here? Well, I guess your feverish curiosity needs to be satiated then, huh? Perhaps that’s why you’re here in the first place. Or maybe it’s that FOMO syndrome. Okay, here we go.

IGN sat down to chat with director Zach Snyder to discuss the film’s pivotal final scene. You know, the scene where Superman can’t, all of sudden, hear anything? The scene where Superman can’t, for whatever reason, hear his mother’s screams when she’s kidnapped by a psychopathic Lex Luthor? Yeah, that scene. During the conversation, IGN discovered Snyder axed the scene because it was “too dark.”

[Photo by Marco Ugarte/AP Images]
[Photo by Marco Ugarte/AP Images]
“I think all the way—to me, from Metropolis to Smallville is probably just on the edge of [Superman’s] range of hearing,” Snyder explained. “Also the clutter of the city makes it difficult as well.”

Okay… And?

“We had a scene that we cut from the movie where [Superman] 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,” said Zach Snyder on the cut scene.

Well, there you have it.

Wait. So… Let me get this straight. You, Mr. Snyder (and the editing staff as well, I imagine), cut the scene because Superman can’t “literally be everywhere at once”? By doing so, you change the fundamental essence of Superman: he can hear everything—literally everything. And the vague language you use to detail the reasoning sounds… peculiar. I don’t know; it doesn’t sound like a convincing reason to cut a scene, especially since the final scene produces a plethora of plot-holes. In other words, it’s not that Superman couldn’t hear her, but Superman chose not to hear her. Hm, that doesn’t sound very “Superman” like to me.

Neither DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, nor Zach Snyder have confirmed whether this cut scene will make its way on the blu-ray extended cut of the film. I guess we’ll see if it does when the blu-ray extended cut releases later this year.

You can watch Zach Snyder plead his case below.

[Video via IGN]

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