Zack Snyder on why ‘Martha’ scene was needed in Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman Martha

Over the weekend, there was a special director’s cut screening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Audiences were treated with a Q&A with director Zack Snyder, and he responded to criticisms about the film including Batman killing criminals. Another criticism from the film was the infamous “Martha” scene where Batman stops his attempt at ending Superman’s life because both their moms were named Martha. The director talks about how they came up with the reason for the two superheroes to stop fighting.

Snyder talks about how the creation of the “Martha” scene. “It’s funny, because we, [screenwriter] Chris Terrio and I, we did reach that point in the movie, in our discussions… we knew how to get them to fight, right? But how do you get them to stop fighting?”

“That’s a tough one. And we sort of were just throwing down on their humanity and Batman realizes Superman has humanity, he’s not just a creature, he’s a man — he’s an alien, but he is as human as, in a lot of ways, he’s more human than him, right? He’s sort of embraced all the good parts of the human race, and so Batman’s able to sort of see, in a lot of ways, a thing that he is not. And I think that that was how we started to talk about it.”

The one who pointed out to Snyder about Batman and Superman both having moms named Martha was Terrio. And with that, the rest was history.

“That’s kind of how it started, and then we started to talk about how it could work, and if it was Lois (Amy Adams) that said it, maybe it’s better, it’s that kind of thing.”

“Look, it’s a mythological construct, I have no problem with that part of it.” He then joked that “maybe Martha [Wayne] didn’t die, and that she got put into Witness Protection in Kansas. I’m just saying, not like it was possible. Anyway, we can only push it so hard in movies.”

That would be something to see if it turns out that Superman is related to Batman. Of course, if that actually did happen, there will definitely be an uproar within the DC fanbase.

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