Having shepherded the DCEU for nearly half a decade, making it the thirteenth highest-grossing film franchise of all-time, it would appear that Zack Snyder, who’s been purging his unfulfilled blueprint online for some time now, seemingly using it as some sort of coping mechanism, will have another major player from his grandiose vision act as a regular contributor to the conversation moving forward.
Larry Fong, who served as cinematographer on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, confirmed yesterday that “at least part” of the Martha Kent (Diane Lane) abduction sequence was cut from the 2016 blockbuster. According to Fong, the scene in question – which saw Superman (Henry Cavill) – upon learning that Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) has abducted his mother – scour Metropolis in search of his Earth-born mom, was ultimately removed as it was deemed “too dark.”
Speaking of the Man of Steel’s archenemy, Fong, whose next project as DP is The Predator, published a behind the scenes photo of Lex having his head shaved, which you can check out in the gallery down below.
Fong has served as Snyder’s cinematographer ever since the two first joined up in 2006 on the fantasy epic, 300. Since that project, he’s also DP’ed Watchmen and Sucker Punch for the American-born director, along with BvS – though, the pair were forced to part on Justice League due to a scheduling conflict.
Unfortunately, Zack Snyder never got the chance to see his plan for the franchise through to the end, ultimately depriving the fandom of an accurate and detailed account of DC minutia. Thankfully, though, the filmmaker does appear to have moved on, as he’s announced what his first post-Justice League project will be; an adaptation of the 1943 Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead, which we’re excited to see develop.
Source: Heroic Hollywood