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Batman V Superman Director Defends The Film's Controversial Ending — And What It Means For The Justice League Movie!

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Despite hoards of awful reviews, audiences still went to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this weekend!

And while the epic fight scenes and the stunning visuals almost made up for the convoluted plot, the film's shocking ending definitely kept things interesting for the upcoming Justice League movie!

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Warning: SUPER spoilers ahead!

In the final battle with Doomsday, Superman (Henry Cavill) drives a Kryptonite-tipped spear through the heart of the nearly-invulnerable monster.

But before the creature dies, it stabs the Man of Steel with one of its spikes — and because he is weak from being so close to the Kryptonite, the superhero dies as well.

While killing off one of the title characters is definitely not in the comic book blockbuster movie wheelhouse, director Zack Snyder said it was necessary to stay true to the premise of the film!

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the filmmaker said:

"The ending of BvS was designed to show that Superman was willing to make himself collateral damage if it meant saving others. I felt like we had to kill Superman in this movie in order for us to have been serious with the entire premise of the film. And that's not to say that he clearly is gone forever."

The final shot of the Warner Bros. film teased the return of the superhero. After Lois Lane (Amy Adams) tosses dirt on SM's casket, some of the rocks rise up off the surface in the film's final shot — a reference to the anti-gravity effect Superman had on the ground when he first flew in 2013's Man of Steel.

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But SM's death will also be used to make other superheroes lives more challenging, namely his enemy turned ally Batman (Ben Affleck) — who Snyder wanted to give the sole responsibility of assembling the Justice League to in the franchise's next chapter. He added:

"I wanted Bruce Wayne to build the Justice League. I felt like with Superman around, it's a different conversation when you create the Justice League, right? It's like, ‘Me and Superman, we want to make a Justice League.' [Other heroes would be] like, ‘Okay, yeah, I'll join!' I just feel like Bruce Wayne having to go out and find these seven samurai by himself, that's a lot more interesting of a premise."

The director says that Superman's absence will make the upcoming Justice League film, which starts shooting in April, a much stronger story.

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He continued:

"I also I felt like, without Superman, there is definitely a vulnerability to the team that they're gonna need to figure something out, you know? Superman does represent the powerful. He's the Michael Jordan of heroes, he's gonna score."

So, basically without Superman, things are going to be a lot harder for Batman and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) as they search for Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and the others.

With that in mind, we're definitely looking forward to the Justice League film — especially since Batfleck will be front and center!

What did YOU think of Batman v Superman's ending?

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