The complaints surrounding the battle between Superman and General Zod at the end of Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel have been pretty rife to say the least. During the final confrontation, Superman and Zod battle it out; causing apocalyptic chaos across the city of Metropolis. Hollywood films are fraught with destruction, what makes this any different?, I can here you all asking! Well, fundamentally, it all boils down to the fact that Superman is supposed to be infallible; he has suppose to have a code; a moral duty to prevent individuals from being harmed. Thusly, there doesn’t seem to be any thought for innocent standers-by when Superman throws Zod through a skyscraper, causing a hefty amount of collateral damage. Superman isn’t suppose to kill people, but yet, he does in Man of Steel, and you are about to learn why this is.
So – here we go – are you ready for the wildcard? Superman’s wildcard that is! The reason that Superman kills people and is fallible in Man of Steel is because he has only been Superman for a few days (…he’s, like, … the new guy…). He didn’t have time to create his moral code, just like he didn’t have time to explore the full extent of his abilities. Finally, it’s all starting to make sense now, the chaos caused – and possibly killing thousands of people – was down to time constraints.
Is anyone buying this? This has continued to be a big talking point since Man of Steel was released; with some fans being OK with it, and others demanding an explanation. Many fans were hoping that there would be some sort of explanation in the much anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Well, not only do we know that this is true, we also know how the complaints are going to be dealt with in Batman v Superman.
Badass Digest revealed that the information comes from a version of the script which was written by Chris Terrio, and dated a month before production started. These events are considered to be in the movie, but many may have changed, or may not even make it into the final cut before the film hits theaters. However, it gives you an idea of the tone that the filmmakers are going for and for that reason, should be considered as ***SPOILERS***
As it turns out, Superman wasn’t happy that he had to kill General Zod in Man of Steel, therefore, in Batman v Superman, when he confronts a major villain, he says “I won’t snap your neck, I’m going to take you to prison.” Now I don’t know how that line is going to be delivered in the film, but it just sounds as if it’s been stuck in there for the sake of excusing certain incidents in Man of Steel. Apparently Superman likes the idea of snapping peoples necks, as he threatens to snap someone else’s neck later on in the film too. So the dialogue mentioned above isn’t isolated in that sense.
To deal with the destruction side of things, there are two ways that they address this in the movie. One being that Superman won’t be allowed into certain airspaces – such as China (huh? …and this explains what exactly?!). The second is when the film’s main villain (revealed here, if you want to clicky clicky) battles it out Superman, which leads to General Swanwick (Harry Lennix) “[telling] the military that Superman will move the battle away from populated areas because he’s a hero, and that’s what heroes do.” (…well no need to call Sherlock on that point, just a pity he didn’t have the a similar hero intuition in Man of Steel).
It seems that Superman has got his head together in this film, so perhaps there will be less destruction; but then that wouldn’t be fun then would it?
What do you think about the reasons behind the destructive Superman in Man of Steel? Are you glad these issues are being addressed? Does it come across as too forced? Let us know what you think peeps.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released on March 25th 2016.
Via – Film