Having dropped its second major trailer, Zack Snyder’s Justice League has all the attention right now. The discussion has led Snyder to respond to a question about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, one of his earlier DC films. The “Martha” moment is up for discussion again.
Zack Snyder, a famous American director, expressed to a YouTube fan channel I Minutemen late last week, “Clearly I am a fan of, and am very interested in how ‘Martha,’ that concept is central to the film.”
As Snyder describes it, Lex Luthor kidnaps Clark’s adoptive mother, Martha Kent, in Batman v Superman. During a fight between Batman and Superman, Superman tells Batman, “Save Martha.” Martha Wayne was the deceased mother of Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. Then, Batman takes a different approach and promises to save Martha instead of killing Superman.
Snyder explained, “I mean, it’s 100% the lynchpin that holds the entire movie together. I think it’s indicative of the way that Batman v Superman was received that its central tenet was sort of belittled and made fun of.”
He added, “I personally think it is like this beautiful and incredibly symmetrical idea that it completely finishes it as a concept. It all is 100% with intent and intention to be all the images that you see, as far as their inspiration and stuff like that.”
Even though Snyder has described the significance of the Martha connection many times now, many people still tend to mock it because of its comical nature. At the box office, Batman v Superman failed to live up to expectations, and also did not impress critics.
In a previous interview, Snyder spoke about working with screenwriter Chris Terrio on the solution to preventing Superman and Batman from facing off.
He said, “It’s funny, because we, 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?
The director added, “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.”
When Justice League’s four-hour director’s cut hits HBO Max in mid-March, we’ll see how audiences take to it.