“The idea was that Superman would – there was one of those sort of cryopods on the ship that ends up becoming the Fortress of Solitude that he’s able to put Zod back into and then throw out into space. We did talk about it and maybe some people would’ve been happier with that, but it felt like a cop out for the story that we were telling.”
“We were trying to – if you track the story all the way through in terms of this character emerging and his maturity and fully understanding the kind of power he has, and when they fight the kind of devastation that is caused by it. It’s not some frivolous fight, it’s almost like 9/11 when they fight. We were trying to come up with a stalemate where he couldn’t – there’d been a [comics] editorial decision in which Superman doesn’t kill, it was a rule, but that’s a rule that’s imposed on a fictional world and we just thought but sometimes, whether it’s a soldier or people in law enforcement, and again an immature Superman.”
More from Goyer.
“This is the first time he’s ever flown in that story. He’d just flown for the first time days before that. He’s not aware of the extent of his powers at all. He’s finding somebody who’s said, ‘I won’t stop,’ who’s said, ‘You can’t put me in a prison I won’t ever stop’. We wanted to put him in a stalemate.”
I didn’t really have an issue with Superman ending Zod. Though I’m not a huge Superman fan and was never much into comics (I wish I had been exposed to them when I was younger). I think the old DCEU had a pretty solid jumping-off point in Man of Steel. Sure, it wasn’t Iron Man, but it wasn’t awful. I actually think the visuals ending fight between Superman and Zod are awesome, especially when they are flying circles around one another. And yes, the super punch follow shot is cool too. I’ve always thought Snyder’s visuals, it’s his pacing that has sometimes turned me away.
I mean I get it. mild-mannered Clark Kent doesn’t kill people. Fine, but why can’t Batman? Why doesn’t he ‘Injustice’ the Joker, and Finish Him? It would save Batman, lots of time, energy, it would surely drop his stress level, and most importantly, the countless lives that would be saved from Joker’s harm.
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