Last year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice helped bring several iconic comic book moments to the big screen. But it's one of the film's more controversial scenes that still sits with some viewers - for better or worse.
In the film's third act, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) is motivated to spare the life of Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill), after being triggered by the memory of his mother's tragic death. While Superman uttering the phrase "You're letting him kill Martha" referenced his own mother (Diane Lane) being held prisoner by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), the unintentional coincidence proved to be a core moment of humanity between the two heroes.
While 'the Martha scene' hit home with some viewers, it was met with negative response from some. And now, after a year of the scene being memed and criticized, we know what Martha Kent herself thinks of it.
Lane explained to The Hollywood Reporter that when she read the script, she instantly understood its significance within the movie.
"It's the compassion for a man who's lost his mother." Lane explained, referencing the bond between the two heroes that occurs in the remainder of the third act. "When you understand the wound, you can work better with people."
That dynamic between Batman and Superman is expected to come into play in some way during November's Justice League. In addition, Lane will reprise her role, so expect at least one more mention of Martha in Justice League.
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), Amber Heard (Mera), Kiersey Clemons (Iris West) and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor).
DC and Warner Bros. have a full slate ahead, with Teen Titans: The Judas Contract coming first on April 4, 2017. After that it's time for Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017. The Batman is expected sometime in 2018, with The Flash debuting on March 23, 2018. Aquaman is set for October 5, 2018, and Nightwing's solo feature is due sometime in 2019.
Justice League currently enjoys a 4.14 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings, which has climbed up more than a few points since the trailer released. Let us know how excited (or not) you are for it by rating it below!
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