Moviegoers that despised Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice pinpoint one scene in particular as the reason for their fury. It involved the two titular superheroes putting aside their differences and bonding together over the fact that both of their mothers shared the same name: Martha.
A lot of movie fans couldn’t help but laugh at this scene in the blockbuster. But now Diane Lane, who played Martha Kent, the surrogate mother to Clark Kent, in both Batman V Superman and Man Of Steel, has come out insisted that all of the criticism regarding this scene is unjust, and that it actually works.
According to Cinema Blend, on the special features of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’s home entertainment release, Diane Lane sat down and explained how, to her, the scene functioned perfectly within the film.
Lane remarked, “Superman and Batman certainly entered the superhero business from opposite roads, yet they have similar histories. There’s the loss of your original family, so they’re both orphans. And I don’t think Batman sees Superman as human until he realizes that he has a mother.”
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“And I think, when Batman makes the decision to rescue Martha, Superman’s mother, in a way he’s redeeming his own sense of powerlessness he had when he could not save his own mother.”
The scene in question, which has come to sum up the divisive nature of both Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the DC Extended Universe, which following the poor responses to Man Of Steel, BvS, and Suicide Squad has been chastened by critics by appreciated by audiences.
After Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman finally get down and have their titular fight, which takes place about an hour and a half into the film so is the ultimate proof that its title is flagrant false advertising, it looks as though Batman is going to defeat Krypton’s most famous son by driving a spear made with Kryptonite into his apparent foe.
But just before Bruce Wayne can do just that, Superman cries out Martha’s name and asks Gotham’s Caped Crusader to save her as she has just been kidnapped by Lex Luthor. Just hearing the name Martha, which was also the name of Batman’s mother, who was murdered in front of his eyes when he was just a child, causes Batman to change his mind.
Instead of killing Superman, Batman forms an alliance with the superhero, and the duo look to pair up against Lex Luthor and the monstrosity that the villain has created, Doomsday. But while this might have looked like an ingenious plot point on paper when Chris Terrio wrote it down for Zack Snyder to peruse, audiences just couldn’t accept it as a credible way to develop the story.
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But while Diane Lane came out and defended this particular sequence in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, there was one legendary DC figure who came out this week and revealed that he had rather huge problems with the decisions that the film made.
Kevin Conroy, who has voiced Batman in animated form for close to 25 years now, admitted that he was annoyed by the action sequence following the above Martha scene, as it showed Batman killing numerous people, something that he’d actually done throughout the film.
Speaking about the amount of people that Batman killed in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Conroy insisted, “In the most recent live action movie, that seems to have been a line that was crossed and it’s not one I’m particularly comfortable with.”
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