With ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ coming out this week it seems that director Zack Snyder still can’t get over complaints about the death toll in ‘Man of Steel‘. With how bad some of the early reviews of his latest film are sounding, it seems like we might be due for years of justifications and excuses from the famed director. Ever since the 2013 release, there have been complaints about how Superman should have done more to save the innocent bystanders who were caught in the line of fire between Superman and General Zod.
Now I’m usually one of the first ones down on his actions in the movie but to be completely fair that was Superman’s first outing. He might have the right moral compass but he had no idea what his full powers were or how to stop someone who was as powerful as he was who is also ruthless.
Still, his response to a recent quote about someone telling him that they couldn’t remember a film in recent times with so much collateral damage was on point:
“I went, really? And I said, well, what about [‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’]? In ‘Star Wars’ they destroy five planets with billions of people on them. That’s gotta be one of the highest death toll movies in history, the new ‘Star Wars’ movie, if you just do the math.”
You can’t really argue that one. Sure it’s science fiction vs comics and involves one of the most iconic comic characters of all time who generally tries to avoid killing. For the specific instance though? He is dead on the money. I’m sure we can all think of a few recent films where more death and destruction occurring all at once.
That being said, after all this time he still doesn’t get why people don’t like the idea of Supes killing a foe or the mass destruction in the film:
“I was surprised with the fervency of the defense of the concept of Superman. I feel like they were taking it personally that I was trying to grow up their character.”
There have been a multitude of dark Superman stories prior to this one where his qualms on killing or collateral damage have been just as high. I think the difference here is that people were expecting The Boy Scout and instead got the rookie who just didn’t know better.
On that note. I’m going to leave you with a moment of zen. Partial humor, partial trolling, all good!
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Source: Comic Book Movie