Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was a disappointment to put it lightly. There were a lot of things that couldn’t been done better from the character of Lex Luthor to the plot of the film itself. In an interview with IGN over a year ago, Zack Snyder revealed a deleted scene featuring Clark looking for his mother, Martha after he finds out Lex Luthor kidnapped her. The scene was excluded from the film however because he felt it was ‘too dark’ as he scours the city, hearing the potential crimes going on. Batman V Superman cinematographer Larry Fong has recently confirmed this scene was indeed shot for the film.
Fong is a long time collaborator with Snyder and has worked on films such as 300, Watchmen and Sucker Punch (all of which were directed by Snyder). Interacting with some fans on Twitter, Fong was asked about this aforementioned scene and recalls filming parts of it, at least
We shot at least part of it as I recall…
— Larry Fong (@larryfong) June 3, 2018
It’s unsure if Fong’s memory is hazy or if he doesn’t want to reveal too much but this scene would have provided the film with more emotional heft. It may have been dark but honestly, it should fit in just fine with the DC Extended Universe at the time. There’s a chance that the reason for this would be due to the film’s running time which clocked in at about two and half hours but at least it would have been worth it.
There were a lot of problems with Batman V Superman but the inclusion of this scene provides a sense of desperation from the part of Superman that would have been able to outweigh some of the stupidity present in the film. Then again, maybe Snyder just didn’t want people calling Batman V Superman, “too dark”.