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Zack Snyder snaps at critics of Batman killing people: ‘You’re living in a f*ckng dream world’

/ 05:02 PM March 28, 2019

Much has been said about Batman killing people in 2016’s “Batman v Superman,” and director Zack Snyder has had enough of it.

During a three-day charity event screening that featured Snyder’s films “Dawn of the Dead,” “Watchmen” and “Batman v Superman,” the director ranted about complaints of his murderous Dark Knight, Comic Book Resources reported on Sunday, March 24.


Film Batman V. Superman

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Ben Affleck as Batman, left, and Henry Cavill as Superman in a scene from “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”  AP

In a video posted on Reddit, Snyder is seen mincing no words while on a panel onstage.

“Someone says to me, Batman killed a guy. I’m like, ‘f*ck, really? Wake the f*ck up,” he said.


“I guess that’s what I’m saying. Once you’ve lost your virginity to this f*cking movie and then you come and say to me something about like ‘my superhero wouldn’t do that.’ I’m like ‘Are you serious?’ I’m like down the f*cking road on that.”

He said, “It’s a cool point of view to be like ‘my heroes are still innocent. My heroes didn’t f*cking lie to America. My heroes didn’t embezzle money from their corporations. My heroes didn’t f*cking commit any atrocities.’ That’s cool. But you’re living in a f*ckng dream world.”

‘Batman doesn’t kill’

In “Batman v Superman,” one YouTuber, Mr Sunday Movies estimated in 2016 that Batman killed 21 people in the movie. This was a jarring move for many fans, as the Caped Crusader resists killing in the comic books after witnessing his parents’ murder.

Though Snyder was met with cheers in the panel, Reddit users were more hostile toward his explanation.

“There’s a compelling reason why Batman doesn’t kill. Regardless of the magnitude of crimes a criminal has committed, he has families and loved ones,” said Reddit user -Forte-. “Killing that person robs them of a loved one, and no one knows that feeling better than Bruce [Wayne].” 

“This rambling honestly makes me think he doesn’t really have anything to say and there is no real explanation for any of his choices and he deep down doesn’t really care about these characters,” said BenjaminTalam. “We know it’s a fantasy world. It’s literally fantasy. That’s the genre. Comic books.”


Scott Snyder, who has written “Batman” comics such as “Detective Comics” and “All-Star Batman,” said in an Inverse interview in 2017 that Batman killing a villain “would be a failure in his history.”

“He’s not a dark, vengeful character. He’s someone who’s a figure of inspiration,” Scott explained. “Murder is all the villains want from Batman, they want to see him fall off his pedestal, and if he does, they win.”

The fun in fantasy is the many iterations that a superhero can have—and soon fans will see another Batman on the silver screen, this time under the helm of Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”). Reeves promised that “The Batman” will see the hero “in his detective mode.” The film is expected to be released in 2021.  Niña V. Guno /ra


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