Posted on Sunday, July 5th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
After the release of Man of Steel, some fans griped about the massive amount of seemingly careless destruction in the finale when Superman (Henry Cavill) and General Zod (Michael Shannon) zoom around Metropolis, smashing into skyscraper after skyscraper. And this is all after the world engine has already done plenty of damage to the city as well.
Last winter we found out that those complaints would be addressed in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the level of destruction would actually be a major element in how the rest of the world views Superman, and more specifically, how Bruce Wayne views the new godlike hero. And because of that, Zack Snyder has defended the ending to those complains, and Ben Affleck has added another detail that fuels the fire between Batman and Superman.
Find out what Zack Snyder said about the Man of Steel ending below!
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly for their Comic-Con issue (which recently revealed some new photos from the movie and a few scene descriptions as well), Snyder addressed how the level of destruction was always going to have consequences, and he was surprised that fans were so shocked by the damage done:
“I was surprised because that’s the thesis of Superman for me, that you can’t just have superheroes knock around and have there be no consequences.”
Granted, it does seem a little irresponsible of Superman to fight someone like Zod in Metropolis without much regard for destruction, but as we learned last winter, there were lessons to be learned for the Kryptonian. The hero’s killing of General Zod also has an impact on how Supes deals with threats in the future, specifically by not killing them. Basically, it sounds like Superman wasn’t yet the responsible, careful hero that comic fans knew him to be. So that makes sense.
And it’s his mistakes that cause him to come to blows with Batman. From the same issue of EW, Affleck added a detail that makes Bruce Wayne’s grudge with Superman that much more personal, while also commenting on the consequences of the final battle from Man of Steel:
“One of the things I liked was Zack’s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings. And in fact, one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne’s building so he knew people who died in that Black Zero event.”
So it sounds like all the problems certain viewers had with the ending of Man of Steel (I’ll admit that I was one of them) will be addressed by this conflict between Batman and Superman. Because Batman is so concerned with the damage caused by Superman, it’ll be interesting to see how The Dark Knight fights The Big Blue Boy Scout without creating a little destruction of his own.
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