Zack Snyder says fans who criticise Batman for killing people are 'living in a dream world'

Tom Beasley
Contributor
Director Zack Snyder attends the European Premiere of ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Zack Snyder has delivered a sweary riposte to those who criticised him for the fact Batman kills people in his 2016 blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Speaking at a Q&A event hosted by social media platform Vero, Snyder told fans who wanted their superheroes to avoid lethal force to “wake the f**k up”.

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The incarnation of Batman portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film proved to divide superhero fans, with some stating that a willingness to kill people runs contrary to the character’s moral code.

Reddit user gator_123 shared the footage of Snyder’s response to a question surrounding the controversial decisions regarding Bruce Wayne’s character.

Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck portrayed the title heroes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (Credit: Warner Bros)

Snyder said: “If someone says to me ‘oh, Batman killed a guy’, I’m like ‘f**k…really? Wake the f**k up’.

“Once you’ve like lost your virginity to this f**king movie and then you come and say to me something about ‘oh, my superhero wouldn’t do that’, I’m like ‘are you serious?’ because I’m down the f**king road on that.

“It’s a cool point of view to be like: ‘My heroes are still innocent. My heroes didn’t f**king lie to America. My heroes didn’t embezzle money. My heroes didn’t commit any atrocities.’

“That’s cool, but you’re living in a f**king dream world, okay?”

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Snyder went on to compare his work to that of Alan Moore, whose graphic novel Watchmen was adapted by Snyder into a 2009 movie.

He said: “Watchmen talked about comic books in the same way that this movie talks about comic book movies. It talked about comic books when they were broken. He was just addressing that.”

Actors Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher and Ben Affleck arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Justice League’ at the Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received largely negative reviews, but earned $874m (£661m) at the global box office.

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The characters returned in 2017’s Justice League, which was again directed by Snyder, until he chose to step aside midway through post-production after the death of his daughter.

Avengers director Joss Whedon completed the production, which went on to make $658m (£498m) worldwide.