Three years after it was first announced, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is now finally in theaters. While the film’s marketing seemed to give way much of the film in the lead-up to its release, there was one major plot point that remained shockingly under wraps throughout this entire time: they killed Superman. Warner Bros. had been wanting to tackle the famous Death of Superman comics story back in the 90s, throughout the development of the many cancelled Superman reboots, before eventually abandoning the idea in favor of Bryan Singer’s romantic sequel Superman Returns. But with Batman v Superman, director Zack Snyder and screenwriters Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer made the bold decision to conclude the film with Superman’s definitive death, complete with two funerals.

How did this decision come about and how did the studio react? When Steve took part in the film’s press day, he posed these questions to Snyder, resulting in a fascinating spoiler-filled discussion about the Batman v Superman ending and its larger ramifications