Why the “Martha” scene works in Batman v Superman

Why the “Martha” scene works in Batman v Superman

I will say right from the beginning, SPOILERS!!! Although lets be honest if you haven’t seen Batman v Superman already then your not really in much of a rush to see it are you? This is part of my Why?! Series where I take a topic of sorts and discuss the topic, I could talk about a scene, about a character or about a full film.

Today’s topic on Why?! Is all about that Martha scene in Batman v Superman, if you have seen the film, you know the scene. Well for the two of you who don’t know about the scene basically Batman has Superman beaten and has the chance to kill Superman there and then but Superman tells him to save his mother Martha and Batman is taken back by it. I won’t delve into details because that will come later.

Lets start from the beginning here, right so Batman is a maniac, I mean he is my favorite Comic Book character of all time (no not because he has time to prepare) but lets be honest Batman is as crazy if not more than his villains. We see through out the film that has never fully got over the death of his parents mostly his mother, we see the scene where he has a nightmare and that Man-Bat breaks out of Martha Wayne’s Tomb, we also see he that he remembers the night they were killed very vividly, so we see that the deaths have never left him and they still haunt him.

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Now back to the point that Batman is a little bit loose in the head, he saw what happened in the “Ground Zero” of the DC Universe A.K.A Metropolis first hand, he was running around seeing the destruction, people who he knew and cared for were killed because of the destruction caused by Superman and Zod (I don’t blame Superman, that’s another Why?! For another time. ) Not only people who he cared about died but possibly most importantly is the little girl who was there with her mother. Bruce saves the little girl but most importantly is when he asks where her mother is the little girl just looks up at what remains of the Wayne Enterprise Building and we see the look on Bruce’s face. This will be the moment that Bruce has decided in his head that this alien (Superman) is a threat, he will be remembering all too well what it felt like to be that little child seeing your parents killed. He will have remembered all too well how powerless he felt when he was a child, a man was able to just gun down his parents, a normal man and he has just seen an alien who has these incredible and incredibly dangerous powers, he could do that to the whole planet and make them all feel powerless, could make millions of children feel the same way he does.

little girl

Since that moment he has had his mind made up, he will kill this alien, he won’t sit around and wait for Superman to decide he should govern the planet and then take him down, he will get ahead of the curve and do it now rather than later, Bruce even says as much “That son of a bitch brought the war to us two years ago. Jesus, Alfred, count the dead… thousands of people. What’s next? Millions? He has the power to wipe out the entire human race, and if we believe there’s even a one percent chance that he is our enemy we have to take it as an absolute certainty… and we have to destroy him.” Alfred replies with “But he is not our enemy!” and Bruce again keeps with his point saying “Not today. Twenty years in Gotham, Alfred; we’ve seen what promises are worth. How many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?” That moment when he says not today, it shows that he truly believes that this alien will eventually do something what he should and it will cause millions of deaths. So why not stop him now rather than later.

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Now there is a part of the film where Bruce gets a visit from the Flash from the future he says “Bruce! Listen to me now! It’s Lois! Lois Lane! She’s the key! Am I too soon? I’m too soon! You were right about him! You’ve always been right about him! Fear him! Find us, Bruce! You have to find us!” Now this isn’t really anything we can fully understand until Justice League or Justice League 2 (I haven’t seen the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman) but we can use this quote in the context of where Bruce is, mentally and he hears the words “You were right about him! You’ve always been right about him! Fear him!” These words will only cause Bruce to feel that his decision to go after Superman is right. I have my own theories on what this scene could or will lead to but that’s another post for another time.

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Lets skip ahead a little bit here, the fight is over and done with, Batman has won and his foot planted on the throat of Superman, he is about to kill him and Batman utters the words “You were never a god. You were never even a man!” Before Batman gets a chance to kill Superman, we hear Superman say “You’re letting them kill Martha…” Now this sets Batman back, confusing him, now of course he will be thinking how the hell does Superman know about my mother, what does he mean by “You’re letting them kill Martha…” All of this together will be confusing him but then Batman says “What does that mean? Why did you say that name?” Bruce is taken back by everything. “Find him… Save Martha…” Superman says this and it is again just confusing Batman, a man who we know has never gotten over the death of his parents, especially his mother. Bruce then starts to get more and more annoyed and confused yelling “Why did you say that name? Martha? Why did you say that name? WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME?” But before anything else happens Lois Lane runs in yelling “It’s his mother’s name! It’s his mother’s name.”

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Leading on from my last point Lois Lane runs in and yells “It’s his mother’s name! It’s his mother’s name.” This is where people will have started laughing or groaning at the scene, to me this scene worked so well. With everything what I have talked about so far, Bruce’s reaction is him taken back, not that this man has a mother who has the same name as him but as a matter fact that everything what has happened starts to make sense to Bruce, his reaction shows him figuring it out in his head. He will be taken back by the fact that this alien who he has seen only cause destruction and death, use his possible final breathe to tell Batman to go and save not only his mother but a human, accepting that he may very well and most likely will die here, he says go and find Martha, save her. Then on top of that a human, Lois Lane comes and gets in between Bruce and Clark and the spear that Bruce has hold of, she loves him and he can see this as clear as day. This will make him question everything, he hasn’t seen Superman have any sort of affection towards a human and for a human to jump in the way cause Bruce to rethink everything.

Bruce

Let alone everything in the scene I have just described he will also be remembering what Clark was trying to say to him outside in the pouring down rain. Clark walked towards Bruce saying stuff like “You don’t understand, there’s no time!” and he keeps trying to convince Bruce that he needs his help but Bruce won’t have any of it saying “I UNDERSTAND!”

Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice

So I hope I have explained why I feel like the Martha scene in Batman v Superman works for me, with the Batman story leading up to this scene and the journey he has taken. To me this scene works and isn’t cringe worthy or laughable but actually a great scene for someone who has been a ginormous Batman for almost a decade. Tell me what you thought of this scene, did it work for you? Was I able to convince you that the scene works? Tweet me, go to my Facebook page or comment below, thanks.

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