Should Superman kill? While most fans would answer no to that, Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer says yes—and he explains why.
Goyer (whose many credits include writing Batman Begins and creating as well as writing Starz's Da Vinci’s Demons) was attending last night’s BAFTA and BFI screenwriters’ Lecture where the Man of Steel writer discussed that reboot's (in)famously controversial ending which caused a lot of rather heated exchanges—and many a vociferous debate—amongst fans.
You know, *SPOILER ALERT, BY THE WAY,* that little bit there towards the end when Supes (Henry Cavill) kills General Zod (Michael Shannon) by breaking his neck? Yes, that one.
In the good ol’ comic books and in all previous Superman flicks, our beloved Son of Krypton has always been reluctant to kill someone. However, Goyer says that in Man of Steel, the moral code—or compass, if you guys prefer—“exists outside of the narrative and I just don't believe in rules like that.”
David S. Goyer then added:
"We were pretty sure that was going to be controversial," Goyer said. "It's not like we were deluding ourselves, and we weren't just doing it to be cool. We felt, in the case of Zod, we wanted to put the character in an impossible situation and make an impossible choice.
“This is one area, and I've written comic books as well and this is where I disagree with some of my fellow comic book writers - 'Superman doesn't kill'. It's a rule that exists outside of the narrative and I just don't believe in rules like that. I believe when you're writing film or television, you can't rely on a crutch or rule that exists outside of the narrative of the film.
“So the situation was, Zod says 'I'm not going to stop until you kill me or I kill you.' The reality is no prison on the planet could hold him and in our film Superman can't fly to the moon, and we didn't want to come up with that crutch.
“Also our movie was in a way Superman Begins, he's not really Superman until the end of the film. We wanted him to have had that experience of having taken a life and carry that through onto the next films. Because he's Superman and because people idolise him he will have to hold himself to a higher standard.”
Do you agree with David S. Goyer’s reasoning?
(via Digital Spy)