If you were wondering whether the filmmakers behind Man of Steel heard fan complaints about the film -- it appears that they have. Spoilers ahead!
Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest got his hands on a script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that he says directly addresses two of the biggest criticisms of Man of Steel: 1) That Superman killed someone (in this case, General Zod) and 2) that he did nothing to stop the mass death and destruction that was a result of his battle with the renegade Kryptonians.
There are some spoilers ahead, so please stop reading here if you don't want to know specific details from this version of the script, which was submitted a month before the film began shooting.
Ready to go on? OK.
The film takes place several years after the events of Man of Steel, and we find Superman (Henry Cavill) has edged closer to becoming the superhero we all know and love. In one scene, when he's about to fight Doomsday, Man of Steel holdover General Swanwick (Harry Lennix) tells the military that Kal-El will move the battle away from populated areas -- "because that's what heroes do." That is about as direct an answer as possible to the criticism of the first film's destruction.
In another scene, Superman confronts a villain and says to him, "I won't snap your neck, I'm going to take you to prison" -- again, a very up-front response to the critics who said Superman would never kill anyone (he does apparently slip up for a moment later on and threaten to break the bad guy's back, indicating that he still has a little way to go with this superhero stuff).
Overall, according to the script, the public has come to trust Superman -- at least the American public. In another sequence, Superman intervenes in a situation in the Middle East but is seen not as a global protector but as an asset of the United States -- to the point that China bans him from its airspace. That's an idea that was vaguely hinted at, but never explored fully, in Man of Steel.
And, of course, there are two other people who view Supes with suspicion -- Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Batman (Ben Affleck), who is said to be building anti-Superman weapons, just in case. Faraci adds that while the movie does touch on Batman's origins (again), this is "very much a sequel to Man of Steel," with a large portion of the script following Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane (Amy Adams).
Does this sound like the movie adequately addresses the concerns of fans after Man of Steel? Did it have to confront those issues in the first place?
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is out in theaters March 25, 2016.