Zack Snyder Wanted Mass Deaths in Final Battle from 'Man of Steel'
by Ethan Anderton
August 29, 2013
Back in June, following the release of Man of Steel, there was a lot of discussion revolving around the amount the destruction in the final act of the film when Superman and General Zod were smashing into countless buildings, following the already disastrous activation of "the world engine." Many reasoned that most of Metropolis had been evacuated, making it so that there likely weren't as much death, akin to the attacks of 9/11, as one might perceive. However, director Zack Snyder recently opened up about The Battle of Metropolis, and said that he actually wanted to have mass death in the film for a reason. More below!
“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 (who first appeared in ‘Action Comics’ in 1938) is probably the closest we get. It’s a way of recounting the myth.”
That's interesting reasoning, but it does make the climax of Man of Steel rather chilling, and we're wondering just how much of an impact that will have on the world of the sequel. Some fans have guessed the Lexcorp. and Lex Luthor will be a big part of helping Metropolis rebuild and recover, thus giving him a certain amount of sway and control over the city, but we're not sure about that yet. Either way, the end of Man of Steel should clearly have more weight knowing that thousands likely perished in General Zod's plan to create a new homeworld. How will this effect Superman, and how will Batman be involved? Stay tuned.