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Why Superman Killed in Man of Steel

While there were – in this humble writer’s opinion – more than a few things wrong with Man of Steel, undoubtedly one of the biggest issues coming out of the movie was the controversial conclusion that saw Superman kill General Zod.

Oh yeah, spoiler alert…

So, some two years on, it is no surprise that screenwriter David Goyer is still being asked about that ending. And now, while appearing on the Nerdist podcast, Goyer has offered his view on it.

“The way I work, the way Chris [Nolan] works, is you do what’s right for the story. That exists entirely from what fans should or shouldn’t think of that character. You have to do what’s right for the story. In that instance, this was a Superman for like, a week. He wasn’t Superman as we think of him in the DC Comics…or even a world that conceived of Superman existing.”

“He’d only flown for the first time a few days before that. He’s never fought anyone that had super powers before. And he’s going up against a guy who’s not only super-powered, but has been training since birth to use those super powers, who exists as a superhuman killing machine, who has stated, ‘I will never stop until I destroy all of humanity’.”

“If you take Superman out of it, what’s the right way to tell that story? I think the right way to tell that story is if you take this powered alien who says, ‘You can have your race back, but you have to kill your adopted race’, the moral, horrible situation to be in is to actually be forced to kill, not wanting to, the only other person from your race.”

“Take Superman aside, I think that’s the right way to tell that story.”

So, some two years on, this make you think any differently about that Man of Steel ending?

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