Warning: Major spoilers ahead, do not proceed if you have not watched the film as yet
When Jon Snow was killed in Game Of Thrones season 5 finale, fans went crazy online and spoke about it for months, but when the iconic DC superhero – Superman – was killed off at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, no one seems to really care! And it sure feels sad.
While we all know that he will come back to life and fight alongside The Justice League, yet... it was a big moment in the movie, and a big risk taken by director Zack Snyder – something that the film's executive producer and The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan – was dead against.
Talking to Collider recently, Snyder revealed that he initially talked to Nolan about his decision to take the Man of Steel out of the equation. (via ComicBookMovie)
"It was pretty early, and [Christopher] Nolan and I had long conversation about it, a really great, sort of philosophical conversation about it. He was really cool because he played an amazing devil's advocate about why not to do it, and then in the end was like, 'No you're right, it's better to do it'," he said.
Sure Nolan was initially sceptical of the idea, but what about Warner Bros? "The studio was like, 'What?' And I'm like, 'Yeah but, how about I called the movie Dawn of Justice?', and they're like 'Okay, okay, I like what you're doing, I see what you're doing'," he added.
Batman v Superman ends with the Man of Steel's return teased as the dirt on his coffin starts to rise, but why include that moment rather than letting viewers and fans remain under the impression that the Man of Steel is history?
Snyder explained: "I'm gonna say this: the second you do the first part of it, the death and resurrection are the same thing in a weird way. You have to know. The reason I wanted to do it the way we did it is because I don't want the audience completely off the hook with it. They still have to go like, 'What the [frick]? Are you kidding me'?"
"There's a way to signal towards a more definitive resurrection concept, but I didn't wanna do that because I want that to be real for them when they see it, I want the experience to be real and then the sort of need to be real later on. Suffice it to say there is a plan, but that's gonna be—you need to wait and see."
We'll see that plan unfold when The Justice League Part One releases in November 2017.