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I'm a Superman fan. Always have been and always will be. No questions about it. So you can probably guess anything that reads Man of Steel or Superman, immediately peaks my interest.

Why The Man Of Steel Ending Works, According To Zack Snyder article somehow caught my attention and my first thought was:

Why wouldn't it work? What is this? Hmm let's read:

Article Source: So a couple years back there was this little Superman movie called Man of Steel you might have heard of it.

Me: "Little Superman movie"? Who is this?

Article Source: There was a lot of hype. There was a lot of hope. In the end it just didn’t work for a lot of people.

Me: I don't know why.

Article Source: While there were a number of problems, the biggest issue for most was the ending. The final battle between Supes and Zod had serious issues. Well, Zack Snyder is now making public comments about the controversial ending, and he says it all makes sense.

Me: Controversial ending? What was so controversial? Zod had to be stopped. Point blank.

Article Source: By the end of Steel much of Metropolis is destroyed and, we assume, thousands of innocent civilians are dead. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Snyder said that the consequences of the battle were the whole point and that he was shocked at the reaction the ending received.

"I was surprised because that’s the thesis of Superman for me, that you can’t just have superheroes knock around and have there be no consequences." -Snyder

Me: I'm shocked too. Smh. People! It's a movie! Snyder can end it however he wants! Grrrr!

Article Source: It turns out that the battle does have consequences, as it will be the driving force behind Batman’s desire to take down Superman in the upcoming sequel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Me: Good Lord, Batman! Give the guy a break! He's new to this Superhero thing! If anything, he needs a friend to help him cope!

Article Source: Ben Affleck is also apparently a fan of the ending, adding that way it was the response to the violence was something that attracted him to the sequel.

"One of the things I liked was Zack’s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings."- Affleck

Me: Umm yeah there are REAL people in the buildings. There were real people in the Superman cartoons too. We just didn't see them.

Article Source: It’s an interesting direction to take the film to be sure. It appears Batman may play the role of audience proxy for anybody who didn’t like the way the last film ended.

Me: Well good for you, Batsy.

Article Source: It certainly makes sense as a motivation for Batman, in addition to the deaths of the innocent people Superman also ended up killing Zod, a move which Batman would also not approve of.

Me: Ha! Wouldn't approve of??? Oh...that's right. Batman approves of beating a villain to a pulp and then lets them get rehabilitated/ lets them escape back to the world just to wreak havoc again and again. Ohhh okay.

Article Source: While the trailer to Dawn of Justice has certainly showed us that many of the citizens have turned on Superman, it seems like the audience will be expected to do the same. Maybe Superman really is the villain of the piece.

Me: WHAT??!!! I WOULD NEVER IN A MILLION-WAIT DID HE JUST SAY "Maybe Superman really is the villain of the piece"??? WHO WROTE THIS?

Article Source: In the end, it’s probably good that, one way or another, the ending of Man of Steel is going to be dealt with in Dawn of Justice. There are a lot of Superman fans out there that need closure.

Me: Closure? For what?? They need "closure" because Superman knocked off Zod?? Because of the way he reacted to danger?? Did we forget who the bad guy was???

Article Source: The idea that super-powered people beating the crap out of each other can’t be done without serious consequences is a worthy topic for these films to cover, but it’s not the only problem the ending had.

Me: ....??? *lifts eyebrow*

Article Source: For many people the problem was not that the destruction occurred, but rather that Superman did very little to try and prevent it.

Me: STOP RIGHT THERE! Prevent it??? First of all, how could he prevent it? Up to this point, this was his FIRST REAL FIGHT! He's never had to fight anyone before! ZOD AND HIS CREW WAS SUPERMAN'S FIRST FIGHT! Second, He doesn't even know how strong he really is YET!! He's never had to use any type of fighting EVER. WHO WROTE THIS??

Article: At no point does he stop punching Zod to try and save somebody’s life. The battle has consequences, which Superman never stops to consider.

Me: Umm excuse me! Zod threatened his mom and tore up his childhood home. Would you even try to save somebody's life after some guy tried to rough house your mom? At this point, Superman isn't acting as a hero. He's Clark Kent, a son coming to the rescue of his mom. Also the girl he likes aka Lois Lane is threatened also. Come on people.

Courtesy of YouTube user Jordan Duddy

Should Superman have to pay for his reaction to Zod?


What do you think? Did you approve of the ending of Man of Steel or did you think it should have ended differently?


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