Like most moviegoers, I didn't enjoy Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The biggest issue I had with the film was its treatment of Superman — more specifically, Superman's final moments.
Doomsday killed the Man of Steel (and vice versa) in #BatmanVSuperman's climactic battle. This was a nod to the epic "Death of Superman" story arc that took the comic book world by storm in 1992.
It made sense for Batman v. Superman to reference one of the most iconic comic book arcs of all time — but in the final shot of the film, the camera closes up on Superman's coffin and the rubble on top of it begins to float, indicating that he's still alive. It totally defeated the purpose of killing Superman in the first place.
Not only did we know for sure that he'd be returning for Justice League, but now any emotional weight behind his return was effectively erased. Is there a way for the filmmakers to get around this dramatic problem?
Superman's Death Will Impact Batman And Wonder Woman
During a recent interview with Us Weekly, actress Gal Gadot — who portrays Diana Prince (a.k.a Wonder Woman) in the DCEU — revealed that Diana and Bruce would still be reeling over the passing of their fellow hero in Justice League:
“Since they’ve fought together, they knew each other’s strengths. They also understand the hope Superman stood for, that was lost [when he died], so they feel that more than the others."
Why does this matter? Well, the audience may know that Superman is coming back, but Wonder Woman and Batman don't, and their grief may give us the emotional weight that the death of Supes deserves. It's true that they didn't know each other for too long, but fighting a giant mutant Kryptonian troll monster definitely created a bond between DC's Holy Trinity, especially between Batman and Superman.
Bruce Wayne spent most of Batman v. Superman's runtime hating Superman and blaming him for pretty much everything, before changing his mind after seeing the hero sacrifice himself to save the world from Doomsday's wrath. If anyone's going to be feeling broken up over Superman's death, it's him.
There's also the other JL members to take into account. Sure, they've never met Superman, but they all were inspired by him in some way. They won't have the same connection to Clark that Bruce had with him, but I'm sure the news will hit them hard.
It's nice to hear that Justice League isn't shying away from the drama of Superman's death, and while I'm still disappointed with how they handled it in BvS, there's a lot of recovery room if the new film looks within the characters and how they were affected.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
Do you think the Justice League's grief be enough to make us sob over the Man of Steel's death before he comes back to us? Sound off in the comments below!
[Source: Us Weekly]