Spoiler Alert: This article contains many BvS spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film yet and wish to remain surprised when you go and see the movie, do not read beyond this point.
Aside from those who were unfortunately exposed to spoilers prior to seeing Batman v Superman, moviegoers were not expecting to see the death of Superman in this film. In order to kill the seemingly unkillable Doomsday, Superman picks up the kryptonite spear and flies full-force into Doomsday’s chest. However, with his last bit of strength, Doomsday impales Superman with one of the spikes on his arm, and because he is also weakened by the kryptonite he cannot fight it and dies along with the monster of Lex Luthor’s creation. When asked about why he chose to kill the Son of Krypton, Snyder had this to say:
“I felt like we had to kill Superman in this movie in order for us to have been serious with the entire premise of the film. And that’s not to say that he clearly is gone forever.”
It is hard to believe that Superman is gone forever, and Snyder is subtly reassuring fans of his return. Zack Snyder’s DCU is heavily grounded in the real world, meaning that there are consequences that come along with the actions of our heroes. Examples of this being, obviously, the death of a seemingly indestructible man, or the destruction of Metropolis in both BvS and MoS. Disastrous things are bound to occur, and it forces the good guys to find a way to fix them. In regards to Superman’s death, Batman is now burdened with the duty to assemble the Justice League. At the funeral, Bruce told Diana that they had to “find the others like her”, so he is already preparing to put the team together, and Snyder had some interesting comments about this:
“I wanted Bruce Wayne to build the Justice League. I felt like with Superman around, it’s a different conversation when you create the Justice League, right? It’s like, ‘Me and Superman, we want to make a Justice League’. [Other heroes would be] like, ‘Okay, yeah I’ll join!’ I just feel like Bruce Wayne having to go out and find these seven samurai by himself, that’s a lot more interesting of a premise. I also felt like, without Superman, there is a definite vulnerability to the team that they’re gonna need to figure something out, you know?
It is clear that his intentions are to keep this universe grounded in reality as much as possible, and it will be interesting to see Batman go to every soon-to-be Justice League member and try to convince them to join him. Perhaps they won’t take him seriously, as he is just a guy in a bat suit and they are all super-powered beings, so that leaves us wondering how he’ll pull it off. Maybe his nightmare will come to fruition, and then they will all see Bruce is right and that they can’t defeat Darkseid individually, but united they can take him down. Regardless of how it happens, we know the heroes will come to student together as the Justice League.
So what do you guys think? Are you okay with Superman being killed off in Batman v Superman? Despite what Zack Snyder said he has planned, would you have liked to see Superman and Batman form the Justice League together? Let us know in the comments!