Several years on, people are still debating the ending of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” and the sheer amount of destruction levelled on the fictional city of Metropolis by the fight between Superman (Henry Cavill) and General Zod (Michael Shannon) along with the villain’s ‘world engine’.
Though numerous films feature similar massive city-levelling damage on this scale, including Marvel’s “The Avengers,” the movie’s more serious and grounded tone made the mass carnage more impactful and thus horrific to witness. The controversy has been enough that the third act of this Summer’s Marvel film “Avengers: Age of Ultron” goes out of its way to show its superhero team saving civilians as the villain carries out his massive plan of destruction.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly for their Comic-Con issue, Zack Snyder has addressed the backlash and was reportedly surprised that people were so shocked:
“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… There are other superhero movies where they joke about how basically no one’s getting hurt. That’s not us. What is that message? That’s it’s okay that there’s this massive destruction with zero consequence for anyone?”
Indeed the consequences of that fight will be the driving force for the start of events in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and greatly informs the storyline. It’s a choice the new Batman himself, Ben Affleck, agrees with:
“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.”
A better idea of how this will work is expected in a few days time when the Comic Con panel for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” takes place in San Diego next weekend.
In loosely related news, footage has emerged of a 1997 costume test with Nicolas Cage in the Superman suit for Tim Burton’s cancelled “Superman Lives” project which the upcoming documentary “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?” will explore. Click here for the video.