In a live Q&A with Yahoo!, director Zack Snyder addressed the controversial climax of ‘Man of Steel’ which divided audiences. If you have held off on seeing the movie (which will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD this Tuesday) and you want to avoid SPOILERS turn back now.
The film pitted the fledgling Superman against fellow Kryptonians General Zod and his troops. After a titanic battle that devastated much of downtown Metropolis, Zod made his intentions clear– he had no use for humanity and would wipe them from the planet in order to make it a new home for the Kryptonians. As he is about to massacre a family with his heat vision, Superman makes the fateful decision to execute Zod. Clearly, it wasn’t an easy decision as conveyed by Superman agonized scream following the act.
There were fans who understood the predicament and felt the killing was necessary. Others hold firm to their “Superman doesn’t kill” stance.
When asked, Snyder explained
“It’s a real world problem. I think the effect on Superman, it is a deeply difficult decision for him to make. It’s not a thing that he takes lightly, and you can see it affects him pretty profoundly. And maybe we’ll see the repercussions of that in the next film. How that’s affected him, making that decision… Maybe.”
He also pointed out, “Well, what’s funny about that rule is that it exists in the movies. But it doesn’t really exist in the comic books. He’s killed Zod a couple times in the comic books.”
He went on to point out:
“I think that it’s a notion that has grown out of the way he’s been popularized on TV and in the movies more than the comic book mythology of Superman. Killing General Zod is a practical solution to the problem. He wouldn’t let his personal aversion to killing cost the lives of an entire planet or those little kids, that little family. So if he had said, ‘I’m just morally opposed to killing so I guess I have to let him kill those people.’ Those are the dilemmas. We set that up directly so there would be no solution other than that solution.”
So there may still be some fall-out from Superman’s actions to be seen. It sounds as though Snyder plans to acknowledge the action in ‘Batman vs. Superman’ and possibly build it into the sequel’s plot.
What do you think? Would you like to see some consequence’s to Kal-El’s actions?
If you’d like to watch the entire Q&A, check it out below: