Bat­man v Su­per­man: Zack Sny­der ex­plains con­tro­ver­sial end­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Zack Sny­der says he side­lined Su­per­man at the end of Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice be­cause he wanted Ben Af­fleck's Bat­man to build nascent su­per­hero team the Jus­tice League in the movie's se­quel.

Sny­der's di­vi­sive movie cli­maxes with the man of steel ap­par­ently dead fol­low­ing his bat­tle with the Kryp­to­nian mon­stros­ity Dooms­day and a nu­clear blast, al­though rip­ples of anti-grav­ity en­ergy from his cof­fin sug­gest a res­ur­rec­tion is im­mi­nent. The Amer­i­can film­maker said he thought it was im­por­tant for Su­per­man to take some time out from the story. “I wanted Bruce Wayne to build the Jus­tice League,” Sny­der told En­ter­tain­ment Weekly. “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.' … Bruce Wayne hav­ing to go out and find these seven sa­mu­rai by him­self, that's a lot more in­ter­est­ing of a premise.”

Two movies in 2017 and 2018 will see Bat­man join­ing Won­der Woman, Aqua­man, the Flash, Cy­borg and oth­ers un­der the Jus­tice League ban­ner. En­ter­tain­ment Weekly re­ports the first of these films may fol­low a “search­ing for Su­per­man” tem­plate, sim­i­lar to the hunt for lost Jedi knight Luke Sky­walker in Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens, which at least sug­gests that Kal-El is alive in some form.

“He comes very close to death in space, and the rea­son we did that is be­cause I wanted to show – and keep the idea in the viewer's mind – that he can come pretty close to death and the sun can re­vive him, or he can be revived,” said Sny­der, who bor­rowed the film's fi­nale from the 1992 comic The Death of Su­per­man. But the di­rec­tor said the last son of Kryp­ton could not sim­ply be revived by sun­light this time, as he was af­ter be­ing hit by a nu­clear mis­sile ear­lier in Bat­man v Su­per­man.

“I think some­thing more is gonna need to be done,” said Sny­der. “There's a mytho­log­i­cal jour­ney for Su­per­man. There's the birth, death and res­ur­rec­tion thing. And when you bring him back, who knows what he is when he comes back.”

The film's box of­fice has been re­vised down $4m on early es­ti­mates from this week­end. Its fi­nal global box­of­fice gross at the week­end was $420m (£295m), the best for a su­per­hero movie and the fourth big­gest of all time. It had an un­ex­pect­edly sharp dip be­tween Fri­day and Sun­day, which may or may not re­flect poor re­views and the de­bate over whether crit­ics have un­fairly dis­missed the film.

As well as $166m in North Amer­ica, Bat­man v Su­per­man had a slightly dis­ap­point­ing $56.5m on its open­ing week­end in China. It marked Warner Bros' big­gest box of­fice haul over three days in China, yet only the 17th big­gest ever in the world's most pop­u­lous na­tion. Dawn of Jus­tice did bet­ter in South Korea, where it grossed $10.1m, amount­ing to 68% of the en­tire week­end's box of­fice. In Ja­pan, it was beaten by ac­tion-com­edy se­quel As­sas­si­na­tion Class­room: Grad­u­a­tion and an­i­ma­tion Do­rae­mon: No­bita and the Birth of Ja­pan 2016, tak­ing third place with just $4.42m over its open­ing week­end.

Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice sets global box-of­fice records, gross­ing $166m in North Amer­ica and mark­ing Warner Bros’ big­gest three-day

haul in China.

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