An old controversy regarding “Man of Steel” has suddenly reared its head again this week after those involved spoke with the Japanese media to promote the movie.
Much debate raged back in June over the film’s final act which saw countless thousands killed in the city-destroying antics of the mano-e-mano fight between Superman (Henry Cavill) and Zod (Michael Shannon).
One article brought in an analyst who suggested a 129,000 death toll for just the Metropolis fight sequences alone. The film’s director Zack Snyder has now been quizzed about it by The Japan Times, and his answer has provoked debate of its own:
“I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence. In America, we don’t have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman is probably the closest we get. it’s a way of recounting the myth.”
This raises the question of how all the widespread destruction will be dealt with in the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” sequel, and what impact it will have on the Metropolis citizens and their view of Superman himself.