(In case the headline wasn’t enough.)
Man Of Steel screenwriter and awesomely prolific Nerd Cinema scribe, David S. Goyer, discussed the controversial ending of the recent Supes flick at the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture last night, according to Digital Spy.
Along with blowing the ending of his film for folks like me–who haven’t had a chance to see it–Goyer had this to say on the issue of Superman deliberately taking a life:
We were pretty sure that was going to be controversial. It’s not like we were deluding ourselves, and we weren’t just doing it to be cool. We felt, in the case of Zod, we wanted to put the character in an impossible situation and make an impossible choice.
This is one area, and I’ve written comic books as well and this is where I disagree with some of my fellow comic book writers – ‘Superman doesn’t kill’. It’s a rule that exists outside of the narrative and I just don’t believe in rules like that. I believe when you’re writing film or television, you can’t rely on a crutch or rule that exists outside of the narrative of the film.
So the situation was, Zod says ‘I’m not going to stop until you kill me or I kill you.’ The reality is no prison on the planet could hold him and in our film Superman can’t fly to the moon, and we didn’t want to come up with that crutch.
Also our movie was in a way Superman Begins, he’s not really Superman until the end of the film. We wanted him to have had that experience of having taken a life and carry that through onto the next films. Because he’s Superman and because people idolise him he will have to hold himself to a higher standard.
What do you think?
Is killing–no matter the justification–totally contrary to everything the character of Superman embodies?
Or can we accept that even a being as unquestionably moral as Superman still has his breaking point–and is able to put the greater good ahead of his own conscience when necessary?
I don’t know–but I’ll have plenty of time to mull it over, now that I don’t have to see Man Of Steel.
(I kid! I’m still gonna see it 😉 )
Source: Coming Soon