Arguably the most anticipated summer movie came out last Friday. “Man of Steel” is the start of DC’s hope to create a series of movies and lead up to a Justice League movie much like Marvel did with The Avengers. I for one really enjoyed the movie but a lot of people had some major issues with it.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead! If you have not seen the movie then DO NOT read this post.
The movie is the origin story of Kal-El (Superman) and him kind of finding his place on Earth and deciding what he will stand for. The main villain, General Zod, is one of the last remaining people from Krypton after it was destroyed and is determined to kill the people of Earth and turn it into a new Krypton so they can flourish once again. Already a much better premise than the flop of a movie in 2006. So what are so many people taking issue with?
In the end of the movie Superman kills General Zod. In an epic battle of two seemingly invincible aliens where one wants to destroy Earth and one wants to save it, Superman snaps Zod’s neck. Here is an article outlining much of the backlash.
I for one did not think anything of it. I didn’t walk out of the theater crushed. But I also didn’t grow up reading Superman comics or watching much of him on TV. I actually care more for Batman and readily identify him as more of the non-killing superhero (despite some older movie versions ignoring this fact). So I didn’t mind that Superman did it. And I think the filmmakers and everybody were trying to show that “he had to”. Nothing would change Zod’s mind. He was going to destroy Earth and the only one who could stop him was Superman.
I have a friend who really disagreed with it and said “Man of Steel 2 better contain some soul searching in which he swears to never do that again, giving real depth to that character trait” and I agree otherwise it was pointless to have him do that.
What do you think? Was it wrong for Superman to kill Zod or just good storytelling?
Edit: Here is an article that my brother sent me after I posted this with reasons from the filmmakers why they chose this ending.