[SPOILERS for Deadpool Versus The Punisher #5 ahead.]
Deadpool mocks the infamous "Save Martha!" scene from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in Deadpool Versus The Punisher #5. Before Wonder Woman swooped in to near-unanimous critical/audience praise, the DC Extended Universe was dividing fans and critics something fierce with the release of the superhero extravaganza Batman V Superman.
One of the bigger bones of contention for audiences was a confrontation between Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) - when at the mercy of the Caped Crusader with a Kryptonian spear, the Man of Steel pleads to his foe to "Save Martha!" Confused and angry over why Superman would refer to his mother Martha’s name, Batman held back on striking his "enemy" down, before ultimately ending the escalating conflict between the two superheroes.
Of course, Batman would soon be told that Martha was also the name of Superman's mother (Diane Lane); and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) was holding her hostage and threatening to kill her unless Superman killed Batman. The line has lived on in fan debates and now, even Marvel's Merc with a Mouth is lampooning it in Deadpool Versus The Punisher #5. You can check out the relevant comic book panels (via Polygon) in the image gallery below:
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Since the "Save Martha!" controversy doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon, somebody might as well have fun with it. Here, of course, it's a character from Marvel Comics and not DC who's having the fun - though of all the Marvel characters to have poke fun at something DC-related, Wade Wilson seems the obvious choice. One does wonder if Ryan Reynolds will similarly be poking fun at the DC Extended Universe in any fashion in the now-filming sequel, Deadpool 2.
Lane has defended the "Save Martha!" line from Batman V Superman, as it were, so that controversial piece of dialogue does have its supporters in high places. Regardless, it's safe to say that Batman and the soon-to-be-resurrected Superman won't be having a similar onscreen confrontation later this year, when the DCEU's Justice League movie - also featuring Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) - hits theaters in November. As for Wade Wilson, he will be back on the big screen next June, when the Deadpool followup arrives on the scene.
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018