The far-too-serious, far-too-gritty Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been mocked by Marvel a few times already, but in a new issue of Deadpool Versus The Punisher #5, one of the movie’s worst moments gets called out.
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Deadpool Versus The Punisher #5. If you’re not caught up on your comics and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading.]
It’s during Deadpool’s fight with the Punisher that the joke comes into play. When the Punisher starts to call Deadpool a “motherfucker,” Deadpool cuts him off, instead choosing to reference the name Martha. For those who haven’t seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the gag takes aim at the climactic battle between Superman and Batman. The heroes, dead set on killing each other, suddenly realize both of their mothers are named Martha. Instead of continuing to fight, they share a small bonding moment over the fact, seemingly becoming allies in the blink of an eye.
Almost everyone can agree it’s downright ridiculous, and Marvel’s most beloved jokester wasn’t going to let the scene off the hook that easily. Not even after more than a year since the movie was released had passed.
Again, this isn’t the first time that Marvel has taken a shot at Warner Bros. and DC’s movie. In Uncanny X-Men Annual #1, the name Martha is a common theme while Spider-Man/Deadpool #6 pokes fun at the overall gloominess of Batman v Superman.
As far as directly making fun of that particular scene, however, Deadpool definitely hits its target. The kicker is the perfect example of Deadpool committing to a theatrical performance all in name of comedy and mockery.
Deadpool Versus The Punisher #5 marks the end of this run, but Deadpool returns again in Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again, which is out today.