Legendary comic writer Grant Morrison bashes Man of Steel ending

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Jul 31, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

Comic guru Grant Morrison has been cranking out acclaimed funny books for decades. So what does the DC alum (and accomplished Superman comic writer) think of Man of Steel? Turns out he has some qualms.

Spoilers ahead for Man of Steel!

In a lengthy chat with USA Today, Morrison gave his opinion on Zack Snyder’s big-screen reboot of the Superman mythology, which is being used as a springboard for a full-fledged shared DC universe. Considering Morrison has written for the vast majority of DC's roster, he has a pretty unique perspective.

Morrison saw the good and the bad (“kinda liked it and kinda didn’t”), but said that controversial ending that saw Superman snap Zod’s neck definitely rubbed him the wrong way. 

His reasoning is actually pretty great:

“It's a credible Superman for now. But I'm not sure about the killing thing. I don't want to sound like some fuddy-duddy Silver Age apologist but I've noticed a lot recently of people saying Batman should kill the Joker and, yeah, Superman should kill, he should make the tough moral decisions we all have to make every day. I don't know about you, but the last moral decision I made didn't have anything to do with killing people. And I don't think many of us ever have to make the decision whether or not to kill. In fact, the more you think about it, unless you're in one of the Armed Forces, killing is illegal and immoral. Why would we want our superheroes to do that?

There is a certain demand for it, but I just keep wondering why people insist that this is the sort of thing we'd all do if we were in Superman's place and had to make the tough decision and we'd kill Zod. Would we? Very few of us have ever killed anything. What is this weird bloodlust in watching our superheroes kill the villains?”

As much as Snyder tried to make a grounded, relatable version of the character, Morrison makes some good counterpoints. What do you think? Was the ending brave, or controversy just for the sake of it?

(Via USA Today)