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The Grimmest, Darkest Things in Batman v. Superman

List RulesVote up the grimmest, grittiest elements of the superhero movie

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.
  • 1
    224 VOTES

    A Suicide Bomber Blows Up a Senate Hearing

    Photo: 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.
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  • 2
    175 VOTES

    Superman Crushing Batman's Heart With His Bare Hands

    Photo: 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.
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  • 3
    161 VOTES

    Martha Kent Being (Sexually?) Assaulted

    Photo: 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.
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  • 4
    216 VOTES

    Batman Branding Criminals

    Photo: 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!
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