ByTom Cox, writer at
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SPOILERS ahoy! Avert eyes all ye who enter here who haven't yet seen Batman v Superman.

Zack Snyder Corp. is so unique it has managed to not only produce nasty villains, but to single-handedly convert the good guys into tortured, murdering shades of grey. The director has produced some really messed up versions of the usually immaculately behaved on-screen superheroes.

In Man of Steel, Superman breaks Zod's neck, killing him on screen with a twist and a crack. In Batman v Superman Bruce Wayne is so blinded with rage he almost murders his fellow vigilante.

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Why does Snyder do this? Ok, it may be more faithful to the comics' tone. It may be more interesting to have a superhero with greater emotional variety than a teaspoon. But, will Snyder end up trying to destroy the world and everyone on it just because he's evil, like Lex Luthor in BvS, or is there something more?

Answering these burning questions will help us to build a better picture of what the 50-year-old director has in store for the likes of the Justice League films in 2017 and 2019. Looking back to an interview he did with EW in July 2008, Vox noted that Snyder showed a piece of valuable insight into why his movies are a riot of darkness.

Snyder 'Broken' By His Mom

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To explain why Sny-dawg was, as he says, "broken," we must look back to his roots. Snyder's mom encouraged his indulgence in the shadowy side of things with her outré views and funding of his comic book subscriptions. He didn't like the lighter comics as they lacked blood and sex, saying:

"My mother saw I was into this comic called 'Heavy Metal' magazine, so she got me a subscription. You could call it 'high-brow' comics, but to me, that comic book was just pretty sexy! I had a buddy who tried getting me into 'normal' comic books, but I was all like, 'No one is having sex or killing each other. This isn’t really doing it for me.' I was a little broken, that way. So when 'Watchmen' came along, I was, 'This is more my scene.'"

Bit weird. He continued:

"She’s just a little bit on the edge. She always did inappropriate stuff when we were kids, like teaching us how to toilet-paper the neighbor’s house or lighting fireworks. She was a gifted painter and amazing photographer. Just a free spirit... My mom always encouraged me, it was never weird. She’d look at 'Heavy Metal' and go 'Woo-hoo!'"

Toilet papering the neighbors' house?! Woo-hoo! Heavy Metal is an American sci-fi comic mag renowned for its blend of dark fantasy and erotica that has been in print since 1977. It's heavy stuff.

I Want Batman Raped In Prison

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Snyder also explained how he didn't think Christopher Nolan's Batman was particularly dark:

"Everyone says that about [Christopher Nolan’s] 'Batman Begins.' 'Batman’s dark.' I’m like, okay, 'No, Batman’s cool.' He gets to go to a Tibetan monastery and be trained by ninjas. Okay? I want to do that. But he doesn’t, like, get raped in prison. That could happen in my movie. If you want to talk about dark, that’s how that would go."

That's pretty dark. Batman does actually get raped in the comics, by Talia al Ghul in Batman: Son of the Demon in 1987, but we have yet to see anything as horrific as this happen to Snyder's Batman.

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If anything, Snyder is just being realistic by obeying the laws of physics, should superheroes actually enter this world, as he explained:

"That’s Superman gone bad. If Superman grabbed your arm and pulled really hard, he’d pull your arm out of your socket. That’s the thing you don’t see in a Superman movie."

With Watchmen, Snyder was trying to show how the comic characters had fitted into our human everyday world, rather than creating an alternate Metropolis-esque universe altogether. Grit your teeth, this means gore and sex for the upcoming Snyder movies.

What would you like to see happen in Snyder's universe?

Source: EW via Vox


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