Superman’s Death Helps Motivate The Justice League

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen Batman V Superman. Towards the end of the film when confronted by Doomsday, Batman and Superman put aside their differences and team up with Wonder Woman to take on the powerful foe. Although the battle is mostly one-sided, the heroes triumphed and defeated Doomsday, mostly due to Kal-El’s sacrifice exposing himself to Kryptonite and taking Doomsday’s claw to the chest. After the grand funeral, and the small scale one, Superman was laid to rest as a hero. Batman speaks with Wonder Woman saying that he will get the meta-humans on Lex Luthor’s drive together, and we all know that will start the “dawn of the Justice League.”

It has been confirmed that in the upcoming Justice League movie, echoes of Superman’s death will still be a major plot point for the upcoming film. Batman specifically will be hit hard by the death of his former frenemy. Most comic films focus on the turmoil and responsibilities that heroes often go through. However, producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven stated this film will have a different theme and will motivate both Batman and Wonder Woman in different ways.

“No, I think it’s about the purpose of being a hero. And I think that Superman’s death really did make such a strong effect on Batman, and I think he really regains faith in humanity and everything that’s good. Because here’s this alien that just gave his life, for us. And I think it really changes who Batman is. And he also feels a responsibility to honor him because he didn’t feel like he did it when they were living. So I think you are seeing the elevation of these heroes in this one.”

“And what Superman did didn’t just motivate Bruce, although it was a big catalyst for him, but it also was sort of this big motivation for Diana, too. Which you get a sense of at the end of BvS.”

Now we all know that Superman can’t stay dead forever, he’s one of the main members of the Justice League in comics after all. When asked about Superman’s status in the upcoming film producer Deborah Snyder stated:

“Well obviously Superman is part of the Justice League. I mean, you know where we ended up with them. And there wouldn’t be a Justice League without Superman, but I think his way back to us … You know, I don’t really want to spoil that. But he will appear. He’ll get there.”

Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.


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  • ArtimusGG

    I like this, a very organic way to have a shift in how the rest of the League view the world. Superman’s death causes Batman to remember why he is Batman, WW remember why she shouldn’t give up on man kind, etc.

  • Bruce Norris

    They had to clean up the mess somehow.

    • Joey Wabi-Sabi

      What mess? And how are they cleaning it up?

      • xxjinzaxx

        Many like to make up BS, and create straw man arguments to support it. A bunch of hot gas.

      • Bruce Norris

        Mess: Some people don’t like Snyder’s “emo” Superman or “killer” Batman. You know the turmoil.

        Clean up: The death of Superman could change Batman’s outlook. Superman could also make a change when he is resurrected.

        This could shut down some of the “hate”.

        That is all I’m saying. No straw man, no BS, no hot gass.

        • Joey Wabi-Sabi

          You call it a mess, that’s your opinion. I couldn’t disagree more, but I’ll respect your point of view. What you are 100% wrong about though, is the fact that some sort of “clean up” is taking place. Do you think they just killed off Superman for no reason at all, and they’re just NOW coming up for a valid reason for his death? If you watch the very ending of BvS, Batman gives a very hopeful speech to Wonder Woman, about how men are still good and his faith in humanity is restored. He even admits that he failed Superman in life, so he won’t fail him in death. It’s very clear by the end of the movie that Batman is changed for the better because of Superman’s sacrifice. So everything that was said in this interview was referring to the very ending of BvS. So I don’t see how anyone can think they are “cleaning up the mess”. BvS ending makes it very clear this is the direction they were always headed. Superman’s death was always meant to inspire Batman to create the Justice League. No clean up needed.

          • Bruce Norris

            Cool. This discussion ain’t that deep. I didn’t even see the movie till it hit the cheep theatre.
            I did, however, see all the “mud slinging” that went on. Now, I’m a comic book fan from WAY BACK and I’m glad these movies are finally getting made. Truth is, they ain’t all masterpieces.

            Win some…lose some.

          • Joey Wabi-Sabi

            Haha sorry for trying to have a deep convo about a movie featuring two of the most iconic characters in the entire world. To me, seeing Batman and Superman in the same movie for the first time ever, deserves lots of deep discussions. Welcome to Heroic Hollywood!
            And you are definitely right about some of these movies not being masterpieces. Marvel has a longggg list of terrible movies. So I definitely hear ya man! Thankfully we now have DC Films. 😀

          • Bruce Norris

            I see how my comment could be perceived as inflammatory. Sorry. Now that I know you’re here, we can have those kind of conversations. Did you read the article at LatinoReview?

            “WB/DC’s Epic Damage Control, And Snyder Speaks Directly To His Critics?

            What’s your take on that?