Why do the prisoners attack the guy with the bat brand in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice? I'd think many of them are in there because of Batman. Why would a person branded by Batman be especially in danger?

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Apparently this is somewhat explained in the Ultimate Edition:

The theatrical cut made a big deal about Batman branding criminals with a red-hot bat-symbol branding iron, and briefly mentioned that inmates in prisons with this brand are quick to be killed by fellow prisoners… for some reason? It was all kind of vague. In the Ultimate Edition we see that Lex and company pay one of the inmates to “shiv” the latest bat-brandee in the prison yard. This is all part of Lex’s plan to stoke the fires of Superman’s outrage at Batman’s methods.

CinemaBlend expands on this:

Remember Cesar Santos? The criminal near the beginning of the movie who Batman branded? Well, there was a lot more to his story in the Ultimate Edition.

We already knew that the Bat-Brand was a death sentence if you're caught with one in prison, but that also makes it a suitable cover for pulling off a sinister assassination. Anatoli is seen paying off one of Cesar's fellow inmates, and later, that same man stabs Cesar to death during recreation time.

Like in the theatrical movie, Clark is sent pictures of Cesar (by Lex Luthor), but this time, one of the photos is of his corpse. Clark then goes to Gotham City to learn about Cesar's death, and while the police aren't being cooperative, he comes across Cesar's girlfriend and son. She tells him that the police know the brand means eventual murder, but they won't do anything about it. Clark wants to help by telling her story via The Daily Planet, but she retorts that a pen won't stop Batman, only a fist.

This helps clear up why Superman was willing to switch from words to force during their later battle.

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    Wow, they really cut some stuff out of that film. This might even have calmed down some of those "evil Batman" whiners.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jun 30, 2016 at 13:53
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    There's a useful answer. I never thought to look it up, since I thought it was just nonsense like the rest of that film. Oct 10, 2016 at 16:11
  • Maybe time for you to copy your answer here too
    – Ankit Sharma
    Jul 26, 2017 at 9:37
  • @AnkitSharma Good call! Hadn't seen that one.
    – BCdotWEB
    Jul 26, 2017 at 9:42

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