Warning: This article contains major spoilers regarding the film's ending. If you haven't seen Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice yet, do not proceed any further.
In the climactic battle with Doomsday, Superman (Henry Cavill) scoops up the Kryptonite-tipped spear and flies toward the nearly-invulnerable creature. The Man of Steel stabs Doomsday through the heart, but before the behemoth dies it breaks off one of its spikes and stabs Superman, who is just as weak from being in close proximity to the green element, too. It is the death of Superman.
"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,” Snyder told Entertainment Weekly. "And that’s not to say that he clearly is gone forever."
Another reason Snyder chose to kill off The Big Blue Boy Scout was to give The World's Greatest Detective (Ben Affleck) the sole responsibility of finding and assembling the Justice League. "I wanted Bruce Wayne to build the Justice League," he said. “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."
And not having Superman around will make the super-team appear not as invincible as they would have. "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."
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