Zack Snyder Confirms Fan Theory About ‘Batman v Superman’ Symbolism

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Zack Snyder is known for using Vero as his go-to social media platform, and he recently used it to confirm his intent with one of Batman v. Superman‘s most crucial sequences.

A fan recently posted some observations on one of the movie’s major scenes involving Superman on Vero. In it, a montage of Superman’s heroic feats are shown, overlaid with broadcast news discussions on the political implications of a being like Superman becoming a part of their world. There’s obviously a bit of religious symbolism here, as Vero user The Kingslayer observes (via Reddit):

Vero User: Love this scene and the Zimmer score. Sums up what BvS is about really. Clark trying to do the right thing but everyone just refers to him as some ‘higher power’ as they say and the Day of the Dead partakers put their hands on him, almost as if he’s a God they could finally meet. Plus, the symbolism of Clark being dragged down by the people who died during his and Zod’s fight, symbolized by people dressed as skeleton, honoring the dead. Maybe that’s just my overthinking – still, super-duper scene.

Zack Snyder: No, no, that’s right.

Vero User: Sweet!

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The scene also recalls a nightmarish vision that Superman saw in Man of Steel (also directed by Snyder) in which he sunk into a pit of skulls of Zod’s victims, a vision of what could happen if he chose to side with the invading Kryptonians instead of to the people of his adopted planet. This scene provides an interesting parallel in that instead of falling under the weight of people he failed to rescued, Superman is being honored by people whose lives were saved. While the film is pretty serious, there’s something kind of touching about that.

Justice League unites on November 17, 2017. The superhero epic features a cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Mamoa as Orin/Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Julian Lewis Jones and Michael McElhatton are also in the movie in unspecified roles.

Source: Vero, Reddit

Mattel Reveals ‘Justice League’ Action Figures Line-Up

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Justice LeagueWonder Woman just came out in theaters less than a week ago, but that isn’t the only DC Comics film we are getting in 2017. Later in the fall, we will see the formation of some of the most iconic heroes in the DC Universe in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Mattel revealed their line-up of action figures for Justice League, on the official Join The League website, with Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman, Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman, Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman, Ray Fisher a.k.a. Cyborg, Arthur Carry a.k.a. Aquaman as well as Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash. They also revealed that they will be releasing a Mattel version of the Batmobile. You can check out the whole gallery below.

“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ezra Miller as  Barry Allen/The Flash, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Amber Heard as Mera, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon.

Justice League opens in theaters on Friday, November 17.

Source: Join The League

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • Tomi Györffy

    YES! Finally

    • Fenix

      What do you mean “YES! Finally”? There was no revelation, it’s all just ham fisted Jesus allegories.

      • Can you please describe how that statement relates to Jesus specifically?

        • Jonathan Rizo

          He can´t. He hears god it automatically means JESUS

          • Fenix

            I can actually, besides the fact that a lot of writers have used Jesus allusions with Superman, the notion that he is this savior to inspire mankind and that his father sends him to earth to a childless couple is very Mary and Joseph etc. Zach leans on the Jesus allusions constantly with his imagery such as Superman hovering above with the light behind him during the flood montage and basically everything Lex says is biblical. The ending at the end is almost like Jesus dying for your sins etc and then his resurrection at the end. None of this is very subtle at all. P.S. I’m Jewish, not some evangelical.

          • KungFuCthulhu

            Superman Returns was way less subtle about its religious allegories than Man of Steel was (which I think is really limited to Jor-El saying that Superman will be like a God to mankind and the two points in the movie where he extends his arms in a cross-like state). BVSDOJ was different but that was because the entire concept of the film revolves around a man trying to kill a godlike entity, so the hamfisted religious allusions actually thematically make sense with what they were trying to go for.

  • Fenix

    …yeah there are heavy handed Jesus references constantly in these movies, in other news water is wet. There’s no analysis in the quote by this person “who figured it all out”, they’re just summarizing what transpired in the movie.

    • Darthmanwe

      It was a Prometheus reference more than a Jesus one, if you’d ask me.