Zack Snyder Explains Why Bruce Abandoned Wayne Manor

Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman

Justice League and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder reveals more details on Bruce Wayne's way of living, particularly on his decision to abandon the Wayne Manor and live in a lake house.

Taking it to his official Vero account, Snyder continues to drop references and offer explanations on the creative thought behind some of the scenes in his DCEU movies. This time, it's particularly about Bruce Wayne and his decision to leave his childhood home and live in a lake house instead. It wasn't until the end of Justice League that we saw what the Wayne Manor looks like from the inside, following him and Diana deciding on turning it into the Hall of Justice - unkept, an odd thing considering that he has all the money in the world to preserve the estate. Apparently, it was Bruce's mandate to leave it to deteriorate.

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Spotted by Batman News on Snyder's personal social media platform choice is the director's insight on Bruce's decision to not live in the Manor. As it turns out, it's more than just not wanting to spend time in such a big home technically with just Alfred with him which is also a reasonable decision. However, Tthe Gotham orphan billionaire actually spent time in the mansion, only opting to leave by the time he turned 18 and then "ordered Wayne Manor be left to decompose.” As for him choosing the lake house, Snyder says: “I think his father commissioned the lake house as a gift to his mother a place built by her favorite architect and she loved it."

Wayne Manor in Batman V Superman

Unfortunately, with Snyder no longer attached to the DCEU aside from some producing credits in forthcoming films, him talking about his canned plan will be the only way left for fans to learn more about it. Good thing, he has been more forthcoming in sharing these small details which his fans undoubtedly dig. Further, it somehow adds to the notion of him not really able to get over the death of his parents, especially his mom - a good emotional hook for the character which was terribly executed in film during the infamous "Martha" scene in BvS.

Warner Bros. is evidently veering away from the dark and gritty take that the filmmaker opted for both Man of Steel and BvS, and considering what we've been hearing about his original plans for Justice League (both Part 1 and 2), it sounds significantly different from the final cut that rolled out in theaters. Instead, the film studio plans to lean on a more lighthearted narrative, more similar to what Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman had. It's uncertain how James Wan's Aquaman will pan out, but Shazam! is surely down that new path. 

That said, just because the DCEU will more likely ease off of their "darker"  side regarding storytelling, that doesn't mean that their projects will also be of less substance. It's just that, at this point, their poster film to follow is Wonder Woman considering that it's the only movie on their roster that is universally well-received. Perhaps once the franchise has grown, they can take on bolder and complex narratives, but right now, their ultimate goal is to win people back, and they need to do it the simplest way possible.

Source: Zack Snyder/Vero (via Batman News)

Key Release Dates
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
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