OK, so we think it’s safe to say that one of the biggest issues many people had with Man Of Steel was the destruction of Metropolis in the climatic battle between Superman and Zod.
Now Superman himself, Henry Cavill, has spoken out about why Superman ultimately allowed so much destruction to occur and how these events will lead to Batman’s involvement: “I think that may have been part of the master plan all along. When it comes to the major story stuff I can’t really speak on that, because that was above my paygrade. What I can speak of is the idea of Superman, especially when the finger is pointed at collateral damage in the first movie. I mean, we’re talking about a greenhorn.”
We at FTN completely support what Cavill is saying here. People complain that he allowed death and destruction to occur and some even argue he caused it, but this simply isn’t true. Before this happened, Superman had never faced anyone with his powers – in fact he only just got to grips with them – and when Zod et al arrived, they were fully intent on wiping humanity out: “for every one you save, we’ll kill a million.”
The fact that he ultimately saved us all is a testament to the hope in the movie that many can’t see: “Let’s say now, [if] Superman has the same threat again, that’s a different story,” Cavill continues, “He would, of course, bring collateral damage to an absolute minimum, but in that, he’s just trying to survive because if he doesn’t, the planet’s gone. That’s the excuse I make for Superman. He’s fresh and he’s new, and it’s very easy to point out the faults in someone after they’ve done it, but put yourself in their shoes and see what happens.”
Superman will have to answer to mankind AND Batman for what he’s done in Batman V Superman and we can’t wait.