Say what you will about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but one thing we can’t say is that the action scenes weren’t well done. Fans have had quite a bit to say about the Zack Snyder film since it’s release in 2016, and one of the biggest points of contention is the “Martha” scene. What comes after that, when Batman rescues Supe’s mother, may be the best action sequence of the film. Whether you liked the film or not, when it comes to the Internet and social media, everything is blown out of proportion. The film takes more flack than it likely deserves.
During an interview with ComicBookDebate, BvS cinematographer Larry Fong discussed the reaction to the film and the weirdest part of it all:
“Everyone has their opinion. Does everyone have to love the movie? Of course not… visually I feel like me and my crew killed it, so when you hear things about it, it kind of hurts. To be honest the weirdest thing… I’ve never really talked about this. But the weirdest thing, and this has happened a lot, I’ll have a stranger come up and say, ‘Batman v Superman really sucked… but don’t worry, what you did was great. It looked really good. It wasn’t your fault.’
And I listened to that for a while and was like, ‘Okay, well thanks.’ But then the more I thought about it I thought I’m not going to accept that. Because everyone’s working towards a common goal, right? And Zack’s my brother, I’m not gonna go ‘YEAH!’ you know, ‘HE did a horrible job… but I didn’t! I just did MY job! That’s right!’ I don’t accept that. If you make a baby together you’re proud of that baby. You can’t divide that up.”
“I’m not going to pretend I understand anymore [Laughs]. Because I don’t. You know, [critics] see a film… The films I like, no one seems to like, and the films I don’t like, everyone likes. So there’s a disconnect for me. I can’t even pretend to understand how it all works.”
He wasn’t the only one who was perplexed at the whole situation. Damon Caro, Batman v Superman‘s stunt coordinator and second unit director, had this to say to Screen Rant about the blowback, specifically the “Martha” moment:
“… Zack and I had a conversation about that, I don’t know, a month ago, probably. That came up and I just said ‘I have never understood-‘ and I don’t listen to a lot of the haters, but I’ve heard the chatter of it a little bit, but I don’t understand what the disconnect was. What the problem is with how salient that line is and the connection between having the same mother’s name allows you to connect with someone you wanted to obliterate from the planet because you saw him as a threat to the human race. You saw him as a threat to humanity, then in that one moment, you realized he was an orphan and his mother’s… you saw him as you as you as a kid and you saw him in that light, so that enlightened you, that made you drop and see him now, not as the enemy, but as an ally. A fellow being who is trying to do the right thing, to reach justice. So no, crystal clear and very, like I said, it always made sense to me, so I’m perplexed by that one and I don’t know that I… I don’t have the answer to that one.”