'Batman v. Superman': Bruce Wayne Used Sex as a Drug According to Director

Director Zack Snyder has been active on the social media platform Vero giving fans a look at the process and small details of films during his time directing within the DC Extended Universe, particularly when it comes to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now his latest reveal sheds new light on one of Bruce Wayne's coping methods.

Snyder posted a photo of the scene in Dawn of Justice where Bruce (Ben Affleck) wakes up from a nightmare, a woman in his bed as he takes painkillers and swallows them down with wine. The scene doesn't require much analysis for viewers to realize that Bruce is a man with some significant issues and pain, but Snyder's post reveals that not only is Bruce suffering, but that he uses sex as his drug of choice.

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(Photo: Zack Snyder)

"Here's an easy one: The Mapplethorpe above his bed I chose to represent the erotic as a drug that Bruce uses sex to momentarily forget his pain," Snyder wrote about the photo.

For those unfamiliar, Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer who was known for his highly-stylized black and white portraits that included an array of subjects -- celebrity portraits, nudes, still-life images of flowers -- with much of it focused on erotic imagery. Mapplethorpe often explored sexual subjects as a form of high art. While it is difficult to identify which Mapplethorpe piece it is, knowing this new detail adds another layer to the scene and makes Bruce's wine-and-painkillers moment a little sharper.

This insight into how the decor of the room has greater meaning within the context of the character's demons is just the latest bit of behind-the-scenes knowledge that Snyder has shared with fans recently. The director has shared an explanation of Batman v Superman's "Beautiful Lie" scene with followers on Vero along with the double meaning behind a piece of dialogue relating to the Greek myth of Icarus flying too closely to the sun in the film.

Of course, while it's a treat for fans to go even deeper into the film, it's also led to even more fans calling for the ultimate look behind the curtain -- the Snyder Cut of Justice League, something that seems unlikely given the overall performance of that film.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League are both now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Other upcoming DC Extended Universe films include Aquaman on December 21st, Shazam on April 5, 2019, Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019, Cyborg in 2020, and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.