It's not easy being a superhero. I know what you're thinking: wouldn't it be incredible to possess super strength, or the ability to fly, or super intelligence? Well yeah, it'd be okay, but think of all that pressure. You're damned if you do, damned it you don't.
Case in point: take Superman. The unassuming Kal-El has gone to great lengths to protect us mere mortals on planet Earth, yet he still finds himself on the wrong side of scrutiny, with many believing he inadvertently destroyed way too much of Metropolis at the end of Man of Steel.
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Destroys Everything
Such criticism was not well received by director Zack Snyder, who felt the collateral damage was nothing compared to another well known franchise. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, when asked for his views on the subject, he said:
“Well, what about ['Star Wars: The Force Awakens']? In ‘Star Wars’ they destroy five planets with billions of people on them. That’s gotta be one of the highest death toll movies in history, the new ‘Star Wars’ movie, if you just do the math.”
And, to be fair, Snyder has a point. Although Rey, Finn, Han Solo and friends do a tremendous job, there are still a vast number of casualties before the Resistance manage to succeed in destroying the First Order's Starkiller Base. Oh, and that's not to mention The Avengers, whose exploits would cost around $160 billion to repair.
In the Man of Steel battle scene, Superman (Henry Cavill) fights the murderous General Zod (Michael Shannon) in a highly charged tussle that causes half of Clark Kent's fictional city to be obliterated. A finance whizz estimated around 129,000 people would've been killed, 1 million injured, and $750 billion worth of damage caused. Ouch.
Mass Death As Symbolism For Ancient Mythology
Both Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer — who reunite for Batman v Superman — have defended the death count in the past, with the latter claiming civilian deaths are unavoidable when "God-like" beings duel. Back in 2013, in an interview with The Japan Times, Snyder said:
"In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolise disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence. In America, we don't have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman is probably the closest we get. It's a way of recounting the myth."
With Snyder still defending his stance prior to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it looks like we can expect more of the same in the second installment of the DC Extended Universe.
'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' will explode into cinemas 25th March.
Do you think there was too much collateral damage in Superman's battle against General Zod?
Source: The Wall Street Journal