Zack Snyder has delivered a sweary riposte to those who criticised him for the fact Batman kills people in his 2016 blockbusterÃ‚Â Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Speaking at a Q&A event hosted by social media platform Vero, Snyder told fans who wanted their superheroes to avoid lethal force to Ã¢â‚¬Å“wake the f**k upÃ¢â‚¬Â.
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The incarnation of Batman portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film proved to divide superhero fans, with some stating that a willingness to kill people runs contrary to the characterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s moral code.
Reddit user gator_123 shared the footage of SnyderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s response to a question surrounding the controversial decisions regarding Bruce WayneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s character.
Snyder said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“If someone says to me Ã¢â‚¬Ëœoh, Batman killed a guyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m like Ã¢â‚¬Ëœf**kÃ¢â‚¬Â¦really? Wake the f**k upÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Once youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve like lost your virginity to this f**king movie and then you come and say to me something about Ã¢â‚¬Ëœoh, my superhero wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m like Ã¢â‚¬Ëœare you serious?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m down the f**king road on that.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a cool point of view to be like: Ã¢â‚¬ËœMy heroes are still innocent. My heroes didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t f**king lie to America. My heroes didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t embezzle money. My heroes didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t commit any atrocities.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cool, but youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re living in a f**king dream world, okay?Ã¢â‚¬Â
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Snyder went on to compare his work to that of Alan Moore, whose graphic novelÃ‚Â Watchmen was adapted by Snyder into a 2009 movie.
He said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Watchmen talked about comic books in the same way that this movie talks about comic book movies. It talked about comic books when they were broken. He was just addressing that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received largely negative reviews, but earned $874m (Ã‚Â£661m) at the global box office.
The characters returned in 2017Ã¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â Justice League, which was again directed by Snyder, until he chose to step aside midway through post-production after the death of his daughter.
Avengers directorÃ‚Â Joss Whedon completed the production, which went on to make $658m (Ã‚Â£498m) worldwide.