Warning: This post contains spoilers about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Chances are if you’re reading this a week after the movie came out and are super interested in its contents, then you’ve seen the dang thing already. But just in case, this is your heads up to not read any further in case of light spoilers.
Zack Snyder seems to really be enjoying himself in the aftermath of Batman V Superman‘s release last week, even though the movie itself didn’t get the best round of reviews. Looks like the best antidote for scathing reviews of your blockbuster film is to continuously explain things that happened in the movie which fans supposedly should have picked up on while watching. What Snyder doesn’t seem to realize is that “Easter Eggs” are different than facets of the story that should have been understood on first watch instead of necessitating constant explanation afterwards. First, there was Jimmy Olsen’s fate in Africa at the hands of terrorists, now there’s another round of comments about the death of a similarly beloved character.
As many viewers presumably picked up during the movie, Batman’s trusty sidekick Robin bit the dust at the hands of the Joker a while back, and Batman is still pretty shaken up over it. Now Snyder is elaborating on that moment:
In my mind, it was that Robin had died 10 years earlier, during some run in with a young Joker (Jared Leto). To me, it was a fun backstory there to play with. The whole idea was that there had been loss and sacrifice. In a weird way, he sacrificed everything to be Batman, right? He doesn’t really have a life outside of the cave. I thought by including Robin — a dead Robin — it would help us understand he’s been on quite a little journey.
Maybe it would be more beneficial for audiences and fans if the movie could get that point across all on its own instead of making time for yet another dream sequence. Either frame the scene with all of the emotion and nuance that you want it to hold, or find a different way to get that point across. And by golly, Zack Snyder, stop killing off beloved characters in brutal and sadistic ways without even giving them their due!