In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, one of the pivotal moments of the movie involves Lex Luthor kidnapping Superman’s mom, Martha. In a recent interview with IGN, Zack Snyder was asked why Superman couldn’t hear his mom cry out for help when she was in trouble.
“I think all the way – to me, from Metropolis to Smallville is probably just on the edge of his range of hearing” Snyder explained. “Also the clutter of the city makes it difficult as well.”
Snyder then went into more detail about a deleted scene that explained why Superman doesn’t always look for problems around the city:
“We had a scene that we cut from the movie where he tries to look for her when he finds out that Lex has got her,” Snyder continued. “It was a slightly dark scene that we cut out because it sort of represented this dark side. Because when he was looking for his mom he heard all the cries of all the potential crimes going on in the city, you know when you look.
“I kind of like the idea that he’s taught himself not to look because if he looks it’s just neverending, right? You have to know when, as Superman, when to intervene and when not to. Or not when not to, you can’t be everywhere at once, literally you can’t be everywhere at once, so he has to be really selective in a weird way about where he chooses to interfere.”
That sounds like a pretty cool scene that would make it a bit more clear as to why Superman didn’t at least try to save Martha himself, before Lex Luthor hit him with an ultimatum. Hopefully it’s included on the 3 hour R-rated director’s cut, which will be out on Blu-ray later this summer.