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** Even forgetting the ForegoneConclusion that he's going to regenerate and come back to life in time for ''Film/JusticeLeague'', the event itself and the impact it has on everyone is utterly heartbreaking, plus it's made all the more crushing by the poignant soundtrack "This Is My World."

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** Even forgetting the ForegoneConclusion that he's going to regenerate and come back to life in time for ''Film/JusticeLeague'', ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'', the event itself and the impact it has on everyone is utterly heartbreaking, plus it's made all the more crushing by the poignant soundtrack "This Is My World."


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* When Bruce comforts a little girl in the aftermath of the Superman/Zod fight, he asks her where her mother is. She tearfully points to the building that Zod razed with his heat vision.
** Especially cutting because the little girl is roughly the same age as newly-orphaned Bruce was in the previous dream sequence.
* The anguished cry of Wallace Keefe as Bruce helps him out from under the rubble.

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* When Bruce comforts a little girl in the aftermath of the Superman/Zod Superman and Zod's climactic fight, he asks her where her mother is. She tearfully points to the building that ruins of Wayne Financial, which Zod razed with his heat vision.
vision just moments earlier.
** Especially cutting because the little girl is roughly the same age as newly-orphaned Bruce was in the previous dream sequence.
* The Wallace Keefe's anguished cry of Wallace Keefe as Bruce helps him out from under the some rubble.



* The famous "bathtub" scene begins quite solemnly, when Lois reflects to Clark on the collateral damage the incident with the terrorist may have caused. While she's grateful to him for saving her...she's also struggling with whether their relationship is responsible for innocent people dying. It's a heavy burden to carry, feeling responsible for ''that''...and Creator/AmyAdams really shows Lois carrying it.
--> '''Lois:''' I just don't know if it's possible....
--> '''Clark:''' Don't know if what's possible?
--> '''Lois:''' ...For you to love me, and be ''you''.
* That human-trafficker Batman branded early on in the film? The one who was holding all of those Asian women in a cage? [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes He was later revealed to be a loving father]], shortly after being killed in prison.

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* The famous "bathtub" scene begins quite solemnly, when Lois reflects to Clark on the collateral damage the incident with the terrorist may have caused. While she's grateful to him for saving her...her, she's also struggling with whether their relationship is responsible for innocent people dying. It's a heavy burden to carry, feeling responsible for ''that''...and Creator/AmyAdams really shows Lois carrying it.
--> '''Lois:''' -->'''Lois:''' I just don't know if it's possible....
--> '''Clark:''' -->'''Clark:''' Don't know if what's possible?
--> '''Lois:''' ...-->'''Lois:''' ...For you to love me, and be ''you''.
* That human-trafficker The trafficker that Batman branded early on in the film? The one who was holding all of those Asian women in a cage? [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes He was is later revealed to be a loving father]], shortly after being killed in prison.



* A Robin suit tagged in spray paint with the message "[[ComicBook/TheJoker HAHAHA the joke's on you Batman]]." Bruce was [[HurtingHero so devastated by the loss]] that he dropped his [[ThouShaltNotKill no-kill rule]] and let everything around him crumble for quite some time. During his initial confrontation with Clark, he even says that he has "a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns."
* Alfred casually mentions that Bruce never had settled down or had any children, unlike previous depictions of Batman who at least get to experience love (and in [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises one film]], gets to settle down), Bruce is all alone with only his bitterness and Alfred in his life. Not to mention the implication that he had lost Robin at that point...
* The fact that this is, by far, one of the saddest and broken versions of Batman to date. This Bruce has lost Jason Todd, his Robin like all the others, but we don't know if there was another Robin before him, but there wasn't a Robin after Jason. Even if there was a time where Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon worked with Bruce, they're gone now and no mention is given to them. This is a world where Superman and the rest of the Justice League were never there to balance of Batman's darkness with their light. After 20 years of fighting his personal war on crime, the only thing left Bruce has is Alfred and his bitter rage. He is fallen, broken, and hurting.
* The desperation in Flash's voice when he appears to Bruce is heartbreaking, especially when he realizes that he's too soon and struggles to convey his message as the Speed Force is pulling him back.

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* A The Batcave has on display a Robin suit tagged in spray paint with the message "[[ComicBook/TheJoker HAHAHA the joke's on you Batman]]." Bruce was [[HurtingHero so devastated by the loss]] that he dropped his [[ThouShaltNotKill no-kill rule]] and let everything around him crumble for quite some time. During his initial confrontation with Clark, he even says that he has "a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns."
* Alfred casually mentions that Bruce never had settled down or had any children, unlike children. Unlike previous depictions of Batman who at least get to experience love (and (and, in [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises one film]], gets to settle down), Bruce Bruce, in the DCEU, is all alone with only his bitterness and Alfred in his life. Not to mention the implication that he had lost Robin at that point...
* The fact that this is, by far, one of the saddest and broken versions of Batman to date. This Bruce has lost Jason Todd, his Robin like all the others, but we don't know if there was another Robin before him, but there wasn't a Robin after Jason. Even if there was a time where Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon worked with Bruce, they're gone now and no mention is given to them. This is a world where Superman and the rest of the Justice League ComicBook/JusticeLeague were never there to balance of Batman's darkness with their light. After 20 twenty years of fighting his personal war on crime, the only thing left Bruce has is Alfred and his bitter rage. He is fallen, broken, and hurting.
* The desperation in Flash's ComicBook/TheFlash's voice when he appears to Bruce after the Knightmare sequence is heartbreaking, especially when he realizes that he's too soon and struggles to convey his message as the Speed Force is pulling him back.



** The use of music and Superman's vacant expression during his rescue montage, where he's shown saving people other than Lois Lane, gives the impression that all the opposition he's been getting has worn him down to the point where being a superhero just feels like work and not a calling.
** And his expressions in a lot of these scenes show he ''knows'' that people are going to look on him with utter reverence or utter hatred, and the one superpower he ''doesn't'' have is the ability to change their minds. People will worship him or try and kill him, and nothing he does will change that. . . simply shift people from one group to the other. This iteration of Superman is truly an outsider to humanity at large, ''and he knows it.''
* When Lex blows up the Senate in order to frame Superman, Superman tells Lois that he could have stopped it, but he didn't. He's starting to believe the slander against him when they say that Superman is apathetic. It's clear that he's suffering SurvivorGuilt.
** Superman isn't even blamed for very long, as the news media immediately identifies the source of the bomb, which has nothing to do with him. Knowing Lex, he knew this, which means he murdered all those people, including his ''own loyal assistant'', just to hurt Superman emotionally.
** The immediate aftermath of the Senate bombing was quite painful to look at, with Superman clearly having "I could have stopped this" written all over him as he looked at the flames burning all around him. [[ManlyTears He has tears in his eyes]] and the scene cuts away just before they fall.
** The extended cut makes this cut even deeper he's later shown getting as many survivors out of the wreckage as he can, he then freezes for a moment and looks at all the casualties and the crowd screaming for his exile. The look he carries is the look of a man who believes genuinely that he's failed.
** He tells Lois "I'm afraid I didn't see it because I wasn't looking." Superman has come to see his idealism and belief in people's fundamental goodness as a flaw to be exploited.
** As Supes finally concludes the "ideal" he's supposed to represent is "just a dream of a farmer from Kansas," Lois sounds like she's struggling not to break into tears as she tells him "That farmer's dream is all some people have. It's all that gives them ''hope''." It's clear she's including herself in that...and seeing Clark lose his hope in himself is too much for her to bear.
* In the scene after Lex blows up the Senate, Clark exiles himself to the Arctic. That in of itself could count as a tearjerker, but what really hits it is what Clark finds at the top of a mountain: His adoptive human father. Is it a ghost? A hallucination? Doesn't matter. What does matter are the last words said between the two.

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** The use of Music/HansZimmer and Music/JunkieXL's music ("Day of the Dead") and Superman's vacant expression during his rescue montage, where he's shown saving people other than Lois Lane, Lois, gives the impression that all the opposition he's been getting has worn him down to the point where being a superhero just [[PunchClockHero feels like work and not a calling.
calling]].
** And his expressions in a lot of these scenes show he ''knows'' that people are going to look on him with utter reverence or utter hatred, and the one superpower he ''doesn't'' have is [[MindControl the ability to change their minds. minds]]. People will worship him or try and kill him, and nothing he does will change that. . . that...simply shift people from one group to the other. This iteration of Superman is truly an outsider to humanity at large, ''and he knows it.''
it''.
* When After Lex blows up the Senate in order to frame Superman, Superman tells Lois that he could have stopped it, but he didn't. He's starting to believe the slander against him when they say that Superman is apathetic. It's clear that he's suffering SurvivorGuilt.
** Superman isn't even blamed for very long, as the news media immediately identifies the source of the bomb, which has nothing to do with him. Knowing Lex, he knew this, which means he murdered all those people, including his ''own loyal assistant'', assistant'' Mercy Graves, just to hurt Superman emotionally.
** The immediate aftermath of the Senate bombing was is quite painful to look at, with Superman clearly having "I could have stopped this" written all over him as he looked at the flames burning all around him. [[ManlyTears He has tears in his eyes]] and the scene cuts away just before they fall.
** The extended cut Ultimate Cut makes this cut even deeper he's deeper. He's later shown getting as many survivors out of the wreckage as he can, he then freezes for a moment and looks at all the casualties and the crowd screaming for his exile. The look he carries is the look of a man who believes genuinely that he's failed.
** He tells Lois "I'm afraid I didn't see it because I wasn't looking." Superman has come to see [[TheIdealist his idealism idealism]] and [[HumansAreSpecial belief in people's fundamental goodness goodness]] as [[FatalFlaw a flaw to be exploited.
exploited]].
** As Supes finally concludes the "ideal" "[[HopeSpringsEternal ideal]]" [[HopeBringer he's supposed to represent represent]] is "just a dream of a farmer from Kansas," Lois sounds like she's struggling not to break into tears as she tells him "That farmer's dream is all some people have. It's all that gives them ''hope''." It's clear she's including herself in that...and seeing Clark [[DespairEventHorizon lose his hope in himself himself]] is too much for her to bear.
* In the scene after Lex blows up the Senate, Clark exiles himself to the Arctic. That in of itself could count as a tearjerker, but what really hits it is what Clark finds at the top of a mountain: His Jonathan Kent, his adoptive human father. Is it a ghost? A hallucination? Doesn't matter. What does matter are the last words said between the two.two men.



** This line is especially hard hitting, not only due to the [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct amazing delivery]] from Creator/HenryCavill and Creator/KevinCostner, but it also hits a spot in anyone who has ever lost a parent.
* The newspaper clipping of Wayne Tower being destroyed has been defaced with a cruel taunt about Bruce's orphanage.

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** This line is especially hard hitting, hard-hitting, not only due to the [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct amazing delivery]] from Creator/HenryCavill and Creator/KevinCostner, but it also hits a spot in anyone who has ever lost a parent.
* The A newspaper clipping of Wayne Tower being destroyed has been defaced with a cruel taunt about Bruce's orphanage.



* The footage of Silas Stone trying to save his son, Victor, from dying. Vic's just a head, torso and arm, and his father is facing the very real likelihood that he can't save his son. He has no wife, no other children; Vic's all he has and the world wants to take even that from him.
** Even when the alien cube Silas found starts repairing Vic, it's pretty hard to watch, as he's immediately brought back to life and in horrific pain.
* Lex's MotiveRant towards Superman shows us what lies deeper than the disturbed sociopathic individual he is. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds He is an incredibly traumatized man]] who suffered at the hands of his [[AbusiveParents son-of-a-bitch father]]. The fact that he ''is on the verge of crying'' while in the middle of it shows [[FreudianExcuse just how badly]] it affected him.
* Seeing Wayne Manor in a derelict state, and that it has been that way for ''years'' by the start of the film. Bruce is so grieved by his loss that he has let his family home wither away into ruin.
* Bruce and Alfred's last talk before he goes off to fight Superman. Bruce's line "This may be the only thing I do that matters." He just sounds so tired and defeated by life. Twenty years of fighting crime and Gotham is still considered a WretchedHive; that would weight heavily on anyone.
** Similarly, Superman's realization that he may have to kill Batman so he can save his mother. The look he gives Lois before flying off shows how tormented he is at the thought of having to kill again and that maybe he can't live up to his own status.

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* The footage of Silas Stone trying to save his son, Victor, [[ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} Victor]], from dying. Vic's just a head, torso and arm, and his father is facing the very real likelihood that he can't save his son. He has no wife, no other children; Vic's all he has and the world wants to take even that from him.
** Even when the alien cube Mother Box that Silas found starts repairing Vic, it's pretty hard to watch, as he's immediately brought back to life and in horrific pain.
* Lex's MotiveRant towards Superman shows us what lies deeper than the disturbed sociopathic individual [[TheSociopath sociopath]] he is. is: [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds He is an incredibly traumatized man]] who suffered at the hands of his [[AbusiveParents son-of-a-bitch father]]. The fact that he ''is [[BrokenTears on the verge of crying'' while crying]]'' in the middle of it shows [[FreudianExcuse just how badly]] it affected him.
* Seeing Wayne Manor in a derelict state, and that it has been that way for ''years'' by the start of the film. Bruce is so grieved by his loss losses that he has let his family home wither away into ruin.
* Bruce and Alfred's last talk before he goes off to fight and try to kill Superman. Bruce's line "This may be the only thing I do that matters." He just sounds so tired and defeated by life. Twenty years of fighting crime and Gotham is still considered a WretchedHive; that would weight weigh heavily on anyone.
** Similarly, Superman's realization that he may have to kill Batman so he can save his adoptive human mother. The look he gives Lois before flying off shows how tormented he is at the thought of having to kill again and that maybe he can't live up to his own status.



* The fight between [[NiceGuy Superman]] and [[FallenHero Batman]] despite its [[Awesome/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice awesomeness]]. Superman comes to apologize for what he said after damaging the Batmobile, as he realizes he was wrong to try to force Batman to quit, which pushed Bruce "further off the cliff into the abyss," so to speak and made the Dark Knight fully willing to kill the Last Son of Krypton. Despite the fact he's still clearly disagreeing with Bruce's methods and is considering him a remorseless, out-of-control psychopath, Superman is [[AintTooProudToBeg willing to humble himself]] so he can ask for help in saving his adoptive mother Martha, though it's clarified to him just how far the situation between has worsened as he has to fight for his own life as well, while weakened by Kryptonite gas. It's clear Clark is wondering how things have escalated to such a bad situation, and Bruce then proceeds to mock his ideals and beliefs, saying that he's "[[NotEvenHuman not even a man]]." Clark then intentionally triggers Batman's PTSD, and you realize Superman went into that fight fully ready and willing to be murdered just so his mother could be saved by who he considers (or considered) an out-of-control vigilante who went too far.
* When Batman has Superman at his mercy, Superman cries out "Save Martha!" Batman is shaken by that and demands to know why he's using that name. Lois then rushes in and tells him that Martha is the name of Superman's adoptive mother. Batman has a [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone look of sheer regret.]] What could be more heartbreaking than this? Consider! Clark was so ready to believe that he was going to ''die'' that he wanted his last words to be him begging Batman to save his mother in his stead. He thought he wasn't going to make it out of that fight alive.
* The death of Superman. After realizing that the only way to kill Doomsday is with Kryptonite, Superman uses Batman's Kryptonite spear to deal the fatal blow to Doomsday despite being severely weakened by its presence. He is impaled on Doomsday's spikes, but [[HeroicResolve pushes on]] until both are killed.
-->'''Superman''': (''to Lois'') ...I love you.
-->'''Lois''': ''(Tears streaming down her face)'' No. Clark, you ''can't''--!

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* The fight [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny fight]] between [[NiceGuy Superman]] and [[FallenHero Batman]] Batman]], despite its [[Awesome/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice awesomeness]]. Superman comes to apologize for what he said after damaging the Batmobile, as he realizes he was wrong to try to force Batman to quit, which pushed Bruce "further off the cliff into the abyss," so to speak speak, and made the Dark Knight of Gotham fully willing to kill the Last Son of Krypton. Despite the fact he's still clearly disagreeing with Bruce's methods and is considering him a remorseless, out-of-control psychopath, Superman is [[AintTooProudToBeg willing to humble himself]] so he can ask for help in saving his adoptive mother Martha, though it's clarified to him just how far the situation between has worsened as he has to fight for his own life as well, while [[WorfHadTheFlu weakened by Kryptonite gas.gas]]. It's clear Clark is wondering how things have escalated to such a bad situation, and Bruce then proceeds to mock his ideals and beliefs, saying that he's "[[NotEvenHuman not even a man]]." Clark then intentionally triggers Batman's PTSD, and you realize Superman went into that fight fully ready and willing to be murdered just so his mother could be saved by who he considers (or considered) an out-of-control vigilante who went too far.
off-the-rails vigilante.
* When Batman has Superman at his mercy, Superman cries out "Save Martha!" Batman is shaken by that and demands '''''screams''''' to know why he's using that name. Lois then rushes in and tells him that Martha is the name of Superman's adoptive mother. Batman has a [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone look of sheer regret.]] regret]].
**
What could be more heartbreaking than this? Consider! Consider: Clark was so ready to believe that he was going to ''die'' that he wanted his last words to be him begging Batman to save his mother in his stead. He thought he wasn't going to make it out of that fight alive.
* The death of Superman. Superman's HeroicSacrifice. After realizing that the only way to kill Doomsday is with Kryptonite, Superman uses Batman's Kryptonite spear to deal the fatal blow to Doomsday despite being severely weakened by its presence.it. He is impaled on Doomsday's spikes, but [[HeroicResolve pushes on]] until both are killed.
-->'''Superman''': (''to Lois'') ...''[to Lois]'' ...I love you.
-->'''Lois''': ''(Tears ''[tears streaming down her face)'' face]'' No. Clark, you ''can't''--!



** The fact that these last words of Superman to Lois [[ArcWords echo his adoptive father's own words about Martha]].
** Lois crying over his body while Batman and Wonder Woman look on.
** The aftermath of his death is pretty heartbreaking as well, setting itself apart from the ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' storyline in that it is the public that receives an empty coffin, while Clark's body is left to be buried by Martha in Smallville. She's lost both her husband and her son now. During the wake, we see Shelby the dog sadly resting by Clark's coffin.

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** The fact that these last words of Superman to Lois [[ArcWords echo his adoptive father's Jonathan's own words about Martha]].
** Lois crying over his Superman's body while Batman and Wonder Woman look on.
** The aftermath of his death is pretty heartbreaking as well, setting itself apart from the ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' storyline in that it is the public that receives an empty coffin, while Clark's body is left to be buried by Martha in Smallville. She's lost both her husband and her son now. During the wake, we see Shelby the dog sadly resting by Clark's coffin.



** Even forgetting the ForegoneConclusion that he's going to regenerate and come back to life in time for ''Film/JusticeLeague'', the event itself and the impact it has on everyone is utterly heartbreaking and made all the more crushing by the implementation of the poignant soundtrack "This Is My World."
* Related to the above, the fact that Lois is going through a major HeroicBSOD--not saying a word on-screen after Superman's death. It'd have been hard enough to watch her bawling her eyes out at the funeral. Seeing her barely emoting AT ALL, clearly traumatized into emotional ''numbness''? ''Gut-wrenching.''

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** Even forgetting the ForegoneConclusion that he's going to regenerate and come back to life in time for ''Film/JusticeLeague'', the event itself and the impact it has on everyone is utterly heartbreaking and heartbreaking, plus it's made all the more crushing by the implementation of the poignant soundtrack "This Is My World."
* Related to the above, the fact that Lois is going through a major HeroicBSOD--not HeroicBSOD, not saying a word on-screen after Superman's death. It'd have been hard enough to watch her bawling her eyes out at the funeral. Seeing her barely emoting AT ALL, clearly traumatized into emotional ''numbness''? ''Gut-wrenching.''''Gut-wrenching''.



** In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lara expresses worry for baby Kal-El's fate on Earth, saying "they'll kill him," but Jor-El responds with optimism and hope. And at the end of this film it would appear they did. Without Kal, the future of Krypton is truly gone.

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** In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lara expresses worry for baby Kal-El's fate on Earth, saying "they'll kill him," but Jor-El responds with optimism and hope. And at the end of this film film, it would appear appears they did. Without Kal, the future of Krypton is truly gone.
gone.


** This line is especially hard hitting, not only due to the [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct amazing delivery]] from HenryCavill and Creator/KevinCostner, but it also hits a spot in anyone who has ever lost a parent.

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** This line is especially hard hitting, not only due to the [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct amazing delivery]] from HenryCavill Creator/HenryCavill and Creator/KevinCostner, but it also hits a spot in anyone who has ever lost a parent.


* The film starts with Bruce Wayne's SuperHeroOrigin sequence showing the murder and burial of his parents, with a young Bruce running away into the woods as his parents are being laid to rest. It is just as tear-jerking as the [[Film/{{Batman}} previous]] [[Film/BatmanBegins iterations]], especially with "Beautiful Lie" playing over the scene.

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* The film starts with Bruce Wayne's SuperHeroOrigin sequence showing the murder and burial of his parents, with a young Bruce running away into the woods as his parents are being laid to rest. It is just as tear-jerking as the [[Film/{{Batman}} [[Film/Batman1989 previous]] [[Film/BatmanBegins iterations]], especially with "Beautiful Lie" playing over the scene.


* [[spoiler:Jimmy Olsen appears, only to be shot in the face before Superman can reach him. It's especially tragic since this version seemed almost as badass as Lois.]]

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* [[spoiler:Jimmy Jimmy Olsen appears, only to be shot in the face before Superman can reach him. It's especially tragic since this version seemed almost as badass as Lois.]]



* That human-trafficker Batman branded early on in the film? The one who was holding all of those Asian women in a cage? [[spoiler:[[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes He was later revealed to be a loving father]], shortly after being killed in prison]].
** Worse, we find this out when Clark hears a baby crying and discovers it's [[spoiler:the infant child of the man who was murdered in prison, whose mother is trying to comfort it with little success]]. The movie's themes of parents and their children extends even to people who've done terrible things.

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* That human-trafficker Batman branded early on in the film? The one who was holding all of those Asian women in a cage? [[spoiler:[[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes He was later revealed to be a loving father]], shortly after being killed in prison]].
prison.
** Worse, we find this out when Clark hears a baby crying and discovers it's [[spoiler:the the infant child of the man who was murdered in prison, whose mother is trying to comfort it with little success]].success. The movie's themes of parents and their children extends even to people who've done terrible things.



* [[spoiler:When Lex blows up the Senate in order to frame Superman, Superman tells Lois that he could have stopped it, but he didn't. He's starting to believe the slander against him when they say that Superman is apathetic. It's clear that he's suffering SurvivorGuilt.]]
** [[spoiler:Superman isn't even blamed for very long, as the news media immediately identifies the source of the bomb, which has nothing to do with him. Knowing Lex, he knew this, which means he murdered all those people, including his ''own loyal assistant'', just to hurt Superman emotionally.]]
** The immediate aftermath of the [[spoiler:Senate bombing was quite painful to look at, with Superman clearly having "I could have stopped this" written all over him as he looked at the flames burning all around him. [[ManlyTears He has tears in his eyes]] and the scene cuts away just before they fall.]]
** The extended cut makes this cut even deeper [[spoiler:he's later shown getting as many survivors out of the wreckage as he can, he then freezes for a moment and looks at all the casualties and the crowd screaming for his exile. The look he carries is the look of a man who believes genuinely that he's failed]].

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* [[spoiler:When When Lex blows up the Senate in order to frame Superman, Superman tells Lois that he could have stopped it, but he didn't. He's starting to believe the slander against him when they say that Superman is apathetic. It's clear that he's suffering SurvivorGuilt.]]
SurvivorGuilt.
** [[spoiler:Superman Superman isn't even blamed for very long, as the news media immediately identifies the source of the bomb, which has nothing to do with him. Knowing Lex, he knew this, which means he murdered all those people, including his ''own loyal assistant'', just to hurt Superman emotionally.]]
emotionally.
** The immediate aftermath of the [[spoiler:Senate Senate bombing was quite painful to look at, with Superman clearly having "I could have stopped this" written all over him as he looked at the flames burning all around him. [[ManlyTears He has tears in his eyes]] and the scene cuts away just before they fall.]]
fall.
** The extended cut makes this cut even deeper [[spoiler:he's he's later shown getting as many survivors out of the wreckage as he can, he then freezes for a moment and looks at all the casualties and the crowd screaming for his exile. The look he carries is the look of a man who believes genuinely that he's failed]].failed.



* In the scene after [[spoiler:Lex blows up the Senate]], Clark exiles himself to the Arctic. That in of itself could count as a tearjerker, but what really hits it is what Clark finds at the top of a mountain: [[spoiler:His adoptive human father]]. Is it a ghost? A hallucination? Doesn't matter. What does matter are the last words said between the two.
--> [[spoiler:'''Jonathan:''']] I miss you, [[spoiler:son]].
--> '''Clark:''' I miss you too, [[spoiler:Dad]].
** This line is especially hard hitting, not only due to the [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct amazing delivery]] from HenryCavill and [[spoiler:Creator/KevinCostner]], but it also hits a spot in anyone who has ever [[spoiler:lost a parent]].

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* In the scene after [[spoiler:Lex Lex blows up the Senate]], Senate, Clark exiles himself to the Arctic. That in of itself could count as a tearjerker, but what really hits it is what Clark finds at the top of a mountain: [[spoiler:His His adoptive human father]].father. Is it a ghost? A hallucination? Doesn't matter. What does matter are the last words said between the two.
--> [[spoiler:'''Jonathan:''']] '''Jonathan:''' I miss you, [[spoiler:son]].
son.
--> '''Clark:''' I miss you too, [[spoiler:Dad]].
Dad.
** This line is especially hard hitting, not only due to the [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct amazing delivery]] from HenryCavill and [[spoiler:Creator/KevinCostner]], Creator/KevinCostner, but it also hits a spot in anyone who has ever [[spoiler:lost lost a parent]].parent.



* When Diana sees the photo of [[spoiler:herself in 1918 with Steve Trevor and several others]], you can see just how much it hurts her to look upon [[spoiler:the faces of friends who have been dead for years]].
* The footage of [[spoiler:Silas Stone trying to save his son, Victor, from dying. Vic's just a head, torso and arm, and his father is facing the very real likelihood that he can't save his son. He has no wife, no other children; Vic's all he has and the world wants to take even that from him]].
** [[spoiler:Even when the alien cube Silas found starts repairing Vic, it's pretty hard to watch, as he's immediately brought back to life and in horrific pain.]]
* Lex's [[spoiler:MotiveRant towards Superman shows us what lies deeper than the disturbed sociopathic individual he is. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds He is an incredibly traumatized man]] who suffered at the hands of his [[AbusiveParents son-of-a-bitch father]]. The fact that he ''is on the verge of crying'' while in the middle of it shows [[FreudianExcuse just how badly]] it affected him.]]

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* When Diana sees the photo of [[spoiler:herself herself in 1918 with Steve Trevor and several others]], others, you can see just how much it hurts her to look upon [[spoiler:the the faces of friends who have been dead for years]].
years.
* The footage of [[spoiler:Silas Silas Stone trying to save his son, Victor, from dying. Vic's just a head, torso and arm, and his father is facing the very real likelihood that he can't save his son. He has no wife, no other children; Vic's all he has and the world wants to take even that from him]].
him.
** [[spoiler:Even Even when the alien cube Silas found starts repairing Vic, it's pretty hard to watch, as he's immediately brought back to life and in horrific pain.]]
pain.
* Lex's [[spoiler:MotiveRant MotiveRant towards Superman shows us what lies deeper than the disturbed sociopathic individual he is. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds He is an incredibly traumatized man]] who suffered at the hands of his [[AbusiveParents son-of-a-bitch father]]. The fact that he ''is on the verge of crying'' while in the middle of it shows [[FreudianExcuse just how badly]] it affected him.]]



** Similarly, Superman's realization that he may have to kill Batman [[spoiler:so he can save his mother]]. The look he gives Lois before flying off shows how tormented he is at the thought of having to kill again and that maybe he can't live up to his own status.

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** Similarly, Superman's realization that he may have to kill Batman [[spoiler:so so he can save his mother]].mother. The look he gives Lois before flying off shows how tormented he is at the thought of having to kill again and that maybe he can't live up to his own status.



* When Batman [[spoiler:has Superman at his mercy, Superman cries out "Save Martha!" Batman is shaken by that and demands to know why he's using that name. Lois then rushes in and tells him that Martha is the name of Superman's adoptive mother.]] Batman has a [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone look of sheer regret.]] What could be more heartbreaking than this? Consider! [[spoiler:Clark was so ready to believe that he was going to ''die'' that he wanted his last words to be him begging Batman to save his mother in his stead. He thought he wasn't going to make it out of that fight alive.]]
* [[spoiler:The death of Superman. After realizing that the only way to kill Doomsday is with Kryptonite, Superman uses Batman's Kryptonite spear to deal the fatal blow to Doomsday despite being severely weakened by its presence. He is impaled on Doomsday's spikes, but [[HeroicResolve pushes on]] until both are killed.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Superman''': (''to Lois'') ...I love you.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Lois''': ''(Tears streaming down her face)'' No. Clark, you ''can't''--!]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Superman''': This is my world. ''You'' are my world.]]
** [[spoiler:The fact that these last words of Superman to Lois [[ArcWords echo his adoptive father's own words about Martha]].]]
** [[spoiler:Lois crying over his body while Batman and Wonder Woman look on.]]
** [[spoiler:The aftermath of his death is pretty heartbreaking as well, setting itself apart from the ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' storyline in that it is the public that receives an empty coffin, while Clark's body is left to be buried by Martha in Smallville. She's lost both her husband and her son now. During the wake, we see Shelby the dog sadly resting by Clark's coffin.]]
** [[spoiler:It is also revealed after Clark's death that he was going to propose to Lois.]]
** Even forgetting the ForegoneConclusion that [[spoiler:he's going to regenerate and come back to life in time for ''Film/JusticeLeague'']], the event itself and the impact it has on everyone is utterly heartbreaking and made all the more crushing by the implementation of the poignant soundtrack "This Is My World."
* Related to the above, the fact that [[spoiler:Lois]] is going through a major HeroicBSOD--not saying a word on-screen after [[spoiler:Superman's death]]. It'd have been hard enough to watch [[spoiler:her bawling her eyes out at the funeral]]. Seeing [[spoiler:her barely emoting AT ALL]], clearly traumatized into emotional ''numbness''? ''Gut-wrenching.''
** Especially when you see [[spoiler:her putting her hand to her chest after receiving the ring]]...as though [[spoiler:she's wondering what's wrong with her--why she can't feel]].
** In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lara expresses worry for baby Kal-El's fate on Earth, saying "they'll kill him," but Jor-El responds with optimism and hope. And at the end of this film [[spoiler:it would appear they did]]. Without Kal, the future of Krypton is truly gone.

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* When Batman [[spoiler:has has Superman at his mercy, Superman cries out "Save Martha!" Batman is shaken by that and demands to know why he's using that name. Lois then rushes in and tells him that Martha is the name of Superman's adoptive mother.]] Batman has a [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone look of sheer regret.]] What could be more heartbreaking than this? Consider! [[spoiler:Clark Clark was so ready to believe that he was going to ''die'' that he wanted his last words to be him begging Batman to save his mother in his stead. He thought he wasn't going to make it out of that fight alive.]]
alive.
* [[spoiler:The The death of Superman. After realizing that the only way to kill Doomsday is with Kryptonite, Superman uses Batman's Kryptonite spear to deal the fatal blow to Doomsday despite being severely weakened by its presence. He is impaled on Doomsday's spikes, but [[HeroicResolve pushes on]] until both are killed.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Superman''':
killed.
-->'''Superman''':
(''to Lois'') ...I love you.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Lois''':
you.
-->'''Lois''':
''(Tears streaming down her face)'' No. Clark, you ''can't''--!]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Superman''':
''can't''--!
-->'''Superman''':
This is my world. ''You'' are my world.]]
world.
** [[spoiler:The The fact that these last words of Superman to Lois [[ArcWords echo his adoptive father's own words about Martha]].]]
Martha]].
** [[spoiler:Lois Lois crying over his body while Batman and Wonder Woman look on.]]
on.
** [[spoiler:The The aftermath of his death is pretty heartbreaking as well, setting itself apart from the ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' storyline in that it is the public that receives an empty coffin, while Clark's body is left to be buried by Martha in Smallville. She's lost both her husband and her son now. During the wake, we see Shelby the dog sadly resting by Clark's coffin.]]
coffin.
** [[spoiler:It It is also revealed after Clark's death that he was going to propose to Lois.]]
Lois.
** Even forgetting the ForegoneConclusion that [[spoiler:he's he's going to regenerate and come back to life in time for ''Film/JusticeLeague'']], ''Film/JusticeLeague'', the event itself and the impact it has on everyone is utterly heartbreaking and made all the more crushing by the implementation of the poignant soundtrack "This Is My World."
* Related to the above, the fact that [[spoiler:Lois]] Lois is going through a major HeroicBSOD--not saying a word on-screen after [[spoiler:Superman's death]]. Superman's death. It'd have been hard enough to watch [[spoiler:her her bawling her eyes out at the funeral]]. funeral. Seeing [[spoiler:her her barely emoting AT ALL]], ALL, clearly traumatized into emotional ''numbness''? ''Gut-wrenching.''
** Especially when you see [[spoiler:her her putting her hand to her chest after receiving the ring]]...ring...as though [[spoiler:she's she's wondering what's wrong with her--why she can't feel]].
feel.
** In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lara expresses worry for baby Kal-El's fate on Earth, saying "they'll kill him," but Jor-El responds with optimism and hope. And at the end of this film [[spoiler:it it would appear they did]].did. Without Kal, the future of Krypton is truly gone.


** This line is especially hard hitting, not only due to the [[HeReallyCanAct amazing delivery]] from HenryCavill and [[spoiler:Creator/KevinCostner]], but it also hits a spot in anyone who has ever [[spoiler:lost a parent]].

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** This line is especially hard hitting, not only due to the [[HeReallyCanAct [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct amazing delivery]] from HenryCavill and [[spoiler:Creator/KevinCostner]], but it also hits a spot in anyone who has ever [[spoiler:lost a parent]].


** In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lara expresses worry for baby Kal-El's fate on Earth, saying "they'll kill him," but Jor-El responds with optimism and hope. In the end...[[spoiler:they did]].
** [[spoiler:[[NotQuiteDead Or maybe not...]]]]

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** In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lara expresses worry for baby Kal-El's fate on Earth, saying "they'll kill him," but Jor-El responds with optimism and hope. In And at the end...[[spoiler:they did]].
** [[spoiler:[[NotQuiteDead Or maybe not...]]]]
end of this film [[spoiler:it would appear they did]]. Without Kal, the future of Krypton is truly gone.

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** Not to mention, who knows what kind of physical toll the Speed Force takes on him in order for him to go so far as to time jump. How much did he sacrifice just to be too soon to do anything?


* When Batman [[spoiler:has Superman at his mercy, Superman cries out "Save Martha!" Batman is shaken by that and demands to know why he's using that name. Lois then rushes in and tells him that Martha is the name of Superman's adoptive mother.]] Batman has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. What could be more heartbreaking than this? Consider! [[spoiler:Clark was so ready to believe that he was going to ''die'' that he wanted his last words to be him begging Batman to save his mother in his stead. He thought he wasn't going to make it out of that fight alive.]]

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* When Batman [[spoiler:has Superman at his mercy, Superman cries out "Save Martha!" Batman is shaken by that and demands to know why he's using that name. Lois then rushes in and tells him that Martha is the name of Superman's adoptive mother.]] Batman has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone look of sheer regret.]] What could be more heartbreaking than this? Consider! [[spoiler:Clark was so ready to believe that he was going to ''die'' that he wanted his last words to be him begging Batman to save his mother in his stead. He thought he wasn't going to make it out of that fight alive.]]


** The anguished cry of Wallace Keefe as Bruce helps him out from under the rubble.

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** Especially cutting because the little girl is roughly the same age as newly-orphaned Bruce was in the previous dream sequence.
*
The anguished cry of Wallace Keefe as Bruce helps him out from under the rubble.


* Superman's unintentional act as a DestructiveSavior in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' led [[https://twitter.com/TReinman/status/516643907762155521/photo/1 very irate protests towards him]]. One of the signs is a sarcastic ''Thanks for the "Help"'' with fire in the background.

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* Superman's unintentional act as a DestructiveSavior in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' led to [[https://twitter.com/TReinman/status/516643907762155521/photo/1 very irate protests towards him]]. One of the signs is a sarcastic ''Thanks for the "Help"'' with fire in the background.


* The "Martha" meme might not seem so funny when one has to take into account that Creator/ZackSnyder's real mother was called Marsha and had died years ago (''Film/SuckerPunch'' was dedicated to her memory).


** The anguished cry of Wallace as Bruce helps him out from under the rubble.

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** The anguished cry of Wallace Keefe as Bruce helps him out from under the rubble.


* The film starts with the obligatory SuperHeroOrigin sequence showing the murder and burial of Thomas and Martha Wayne to introduce the new Batman, with young Bruce running away into the woods as his parents are being laid to rest. It is just as tear-jerking as the [[Film/{{Batman}} previous]] [[Film/BatmanBegins iterations]].

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* The film starts with the obligatory Bruce Wayne's SuperHeroOrigin sequence showing the murder and burial of Thomas and Martha Wayne to introduce the new Batman, his parents, with a young Bruce running away into the woods as his parents are being laid to rest. It is just as tear-jerking as the [[Film/{{Batman}} previous]] [[Film/BatmanBegins iterations]].iterations]], especially with "Beautiful Lie" playing over the scene.

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