One of the most talked about parts of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel (2013) was the scene near the end when Superman (Henry Cavill) snaps the neck of General Zod (Michael Shannon) before the mad Kryptonian can fry an innocent family in a Metropolis train station with his laser vision. After killing his adversary, the hero lets out a scream of terrible anguish, finally mourning the death of his people.
And while the move could be considered Superman making the difficult decision of choosing his new home, Earth, over the one he never knew, Krypton, many fans considered it too dark for such a bright and hopeful comic book character. In an interview with Square Mile, Cavill broke down the scene, explaining the repercussions it would have had on Superman in the unmade Man of Steel 2, which was replaced with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"The killing of Zod would have led to a wonderful reason why Superman never kills," said the 35-year-old British native. "Not, he never kills just because his dad said so one day. He made the decision himself because of an impossible scenario, to which he then said, ‘I don’t care if it’s impossible again, I’m gonna find a way to make it possible in the impossible.’"
The actor went on to voice his love of playing the iconic hero, but his dissapointment over the fact that they never got a chance to show a brighter side of the character. According to DCEU storyboard Jay Oliva, Man of Steel was meant to be the first of five films.
"We didn’t get the opportunity to show the other side of it, the ‘I’m ready to be Superman now and I’m ready to show the world the best examples’. That’s where the joy and glee comes from, and that sense of warmth from the character, which is his real superpower – he makes people believe in themselves. It was a shame because it would’ve been nice, and it would have been a lovely coupling with the seriousness and the depth of Man of Steel," he said.
Currently, there are no plans to give Supes another standalone film, which means we won't see him until the Justice League sequel (assuming that happens at all). With the DCEU in such disarray, there's no telling when that might be released, but Cavill is still under contract to play the hero one more time. After all, we still need to know if he won that race against the Flash.