Spoilers for Batman v Superman below!
One of the many complaints laid at the feet of director Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year was that it was too dark. Batman (Ben Affleck) brands and kills people (or rather gets people killed in jail by branding them), Superman (Henry Cavill) “dies,” everything in that movie — including tone and cinematography — is just gloom and doom.
But it looks like producer Deborah Snyder’s (who happens to be Zack Snyder's wife) feelings on the movie being dark are pretty different than the rest of us mere mortals. Here’s what she told Forbes in a recent interview about the movie when talking about Supes:
“Someone said, “It’s so dark,” and I go, “Well, is it dark? He’s going through real problems that we go through as people every day.” To me that’s not dark, that’s life. We’re complicated people. And we’re making him in that way more relatable.
So I don’t think that’s dark, I think that’s just who we are. People are complex, we’re not strictly just the good Boy Scout trying to do good. He does want to do good, and I think all of the the [sic] things Superman represents are who he is, but he also stumbles along the way and learns from it. To me, that’s so much more interesting.”
Thing is, I’m sure most people are not "super" (pun intended) interested in a comic book movie where their superheroes are that angry (unless they’re big, green and called the Hulk) or brooding and depressed. But I can understand what Snyder means and, as my colleague Jeff Spry so eloquently puts it: “it's kinda hard to inject unicorn rainbows and sparkly sprinkle cookies into that dire mix.”
What do you guys think?