Zack Snyder took a lot of flack for depicting mass deaths and the destruction of Metropolis in last summer's "Man of Steel."
As he gears up to shoot the pic's sequel, the still-untitled "Batman-Superman" movie, the director told Forbes that he's merely depicting the "real world we live in." Snyder said that fans are clinging to the more squeaky-clean Superman as depicted by Christopher Reeve in the iconic movies, instead of the comic book version of Superman, who wreaked massive damage.
Like in "Watchmen," which he directed in 2009, Snyder said he wanted to depict the true nature of violence rather than the sanitized, unrealistic version.
"It's just funny to see people really taking it personally ... because I made (Superman) real, you know, I made him feel or made consequences (in) the world," he said. "I felt like, it was the same thing in 'Watchmen.' We really wanted to show it wasn't just like they thought, like the PG-13 version where everyone just gets up and they're fine. I really wanted to show the violence is real, people get killed or get hurt and it's not fun or funny."
"Batman-Superman" will face off against "Captain America 3" in theaters on May 6, 2016. The movie stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter.