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Zack Snyder on Man of Steel’s mass destruction

August 29th, 2013 by Edwin Torres Jr 4 Comments

For months, people have argued over whether or not Metropolis had been evacuated prior to the final battle in Man of Steel. Given the number of empty buildings seen during the final battle, some fans had rationalized the destruction in the movie’s conclusion by assuming that the city was mostly empty, following evacuations that would have occurred during the 24 hours that Zod gave the world to turn over Kal-El. If it wasn’t, then hundreds of people must have been killed in the battle. But if people had been killed we wouldn’t we have seen them in the film? At least some of them?

Well in a new interview with The Japan Times Snyder suggests that the slaughter is actually part of the philosophy behind the movie:

“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.”

What do you think of this explanation?

One thing though mass deaths don’t really symbolize disasters, they ARE disasters.

Source: The Japan Times

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  • David Savage

    An alien invasion is not rosy or sweet. This is a god damn extermination of everything on the planet. Zod was going to kill everything on this pitiful planet anyway to make a new Krypton world. So why are they people banging on about how many deaths they are in this movie? If Superman never had fought Zod and the invaders, the alternative would greatly outweigh what happened in the movie and that would mean; NO LIFE LEFT. I guess the people that are actually moaning are Avengers fans where the alien invaders did nothing but sight see… wow what an invasion that was :/


    • Craig Berrington-potts

      Completely agree and most of the people complaining are the devotees of the rosey Christopher Reeve films or the cosy comic romps of Lois and Clark in which all anyone suffered was a mild headache. Even in Smallville there wasn’t much in the way of devastation. People aren’t used to a more gritty realistic approach. Shit happens and people die as a result. It’s not nice but it also happens in the real world.

      • Anonymous

        I have to say, i agree with you both. In fact, i think the devastation is a great way to set up the JLA and especially Batman. I think Wayne/Batman would see that and think to himself that Supes is a threat that needs neutralised and will team up with Luthor to do it before realising he’s backing the wrong horse.Just me thoughts… (Marc)

      • WaitingforJusticeLeague

        I think the point of the article is that Snyder says he was going for a Mythological feel not a realistic one. If it was realistic every building would not seem empty and the city would not appear to be rebuilt at the end. To bring up Avengers seems out of place as they made it a point to help civilians.

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