Batman and Superman are characters created to entertain children. They’re guys in tights who fight other guys in tights and aliens who also presumably wear tights. But the newest film about the beloved DC Comics characters, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, does its best to crank up the edginess.. Even though Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy was a noticeably darker take on the character, it didn’t feel like it was trying to prove anything other than the fact that a movie about a guy who wears a bat costume could be serious and appeal to adults. If you’ve seen Dawn of Justice (or just don’t care about huge spoilers), keep reading to relive all the grim and gritty Batman v. Superman moments.
Thanks to films like Watchmen and Sucker Punch, everyone knows that Zack Snyder is super edgy. He’s certainly not afraid to make a superhero movie that consistently references 9/11 while killing off beloved characters moments after they appear onscreen. But really all he does with Batman v. Superman is add a lot of unnecessary bummer elements to what is already a portentous drag of a movie.Vote up the grimmest, grittiest elements of this movie about guys in tights punching each other, and then leave a comment about which scene was most surprisingly brutal.
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A Suicide Bomber Blows Up a Senate HearingPhoto: Warner Bros.At one point, Superman attends a Senate hearing on the legality of his actions, and a suicide bomber paid by Lex Luthor sets off a bomb and kills everyone (except Supes) while also destroying a federal building. One of the reasons that the scene feels so dark is because it's not just something from a movie where guys in tights punch each other, it's an atrocity that everyone hears about all too regularly. Oh, and it's all made worse by the fact that Luthor's calling card is a mason jar full of urine.Is this dark?
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Superman Crushing Batman's Heart With His Bare HandsPhoto: Warner Bros.In one of the film's many dream sequences (UGH), Batman is captured by an army led by Superman (and maybe Darkseid, but we can talk about that another time) and instead of being all "Hey Batdude, long time no see," Superman uses his strength to reach inside Batman's chest and crush his heart. Brutal.Is this dark?
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Martha Kent Being (Sexually?) AssaultedPhoto: Warner Bros.In order to get Superman to fight Batman, Lex Luthor enlists his goons to kidnap Martha Kent and take grainy, Se7en-style Polaroids of her being assaulted while someone writes the word "WITCH" on her head.Is this dark?
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Batman Branding CriminalsPhoto: Warner Bros.The film deals with an older, more jaded Batman who not only likes to beat his villains to a pulp, but he also brands them with his own special bat brand. Not only are the brands hard to look at (melted flesh is never fun), but criminals who have the brands are usually beaten to death in prison. Fun!Is this dark?