Man of Steel writer defends all that brutal death and darkness

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Jun 17, 2013

This weekend’s big ol’ Superman reboot might’ve rocked the box office (likely clearing the way for Man of Steel 2 and Justice League), but the darker tone turned off a few DC die-hards. So what does Man of Steel’s writer have to say to all the haters?

Spoilers ahead!

With The Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan serving as a producer, it’s no surprise that Man of Steel was easily the grittiest, most grounded take on Superman we’ve ever seen. Warner Bros. and DC are trying hard to compete with Marvel’s big-screen dominance, and they’re taking a page out of Nolan’s dark book to do it.

One of the biggest shockers? That brutal ending, where Superman snaps Zod’s neck, plus the insane carnage of the Kryptonian battles all over Smallville and Metropolis. For writer David Goyer, it all comes back to the realism factor:

“One of the things we were hoping to depict is that Superman is not a god. We say he’s a god-like figure but he’s not omnipotent. Even in the comic books he cannot save everyone. I think people die [in Metropolis]. Clearly hundreds if not thousands of people have died while the gravity machines are going off. There were probably even people who died in Smallville.

When you’re dealing with a threat like this, there will be collateral damage. This is something that hadn’t been depicted in comic book films is what it would be like if these powerful figures did clash, if The Hulk and Thor fought, people would probably die. Particularly in this case where Zod and the Kryptonians really don’t care if people die. I think people died and I’m sure that upsets some people.

We knew that people would be upset by some of the choices we make. We got some grief when we did Batman Begins. Now people think what we did was great but when Batman Begins first came out, people were upset by some of the choices we made.”

It makes sense to try and show all the carnage that would result in an alien invasion, and the box-office haul seems proof that (for the most part) it worked. But did you think it went a little too dark for Superman? 

(Via Bleeding Cool)

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