Remember the bit with Superman and Zod at the end of Man Of Steel? Here’s David S Goyer’s justification…
This story contains spoilers for Man Of Steel.
Okay, from the headline and the picture you’ll know what we’re talking about here – the bit towards the end of Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel when Superman decides to snap Zod’s neck. He was doing it to save a family, but this still became a scene that caused quite a reaction from journalists and commenters alike.
Now, writer David S Goyer has given his take on the scene, in a new chat with Nerdist:
“The way I work, the way Chris [Nolan, who executive produced the film] works, is you do what’s right for the story. That exists entirely separately from what fans should or shouldn’t think of that character. You have to do what’s right for the story”, he said.
“In that instance, this was a Superman who had only been Superman for like, a week. He wasn’t Superman as we think of him in the DC Comics… or even in a world that conceived of Superman existing. He’d only flown for the first time a few days before that. He’d never fought anyone that had super powers before.”
“And so he’s going up against a guy who’s not only super-powered, but has been training since birth to use those super powers, who exists as a superhuman killing machine, who has stated, ‘I will never stop until I destroy all of humanity.’”
“If you take Superman out of it, what’s the right way to tell that story? I think the right way to tell that story is if you take this powered alien who says, ‘You can have your race back, but you have to kill your adopted race,’ the moral, horrible situation to be in is to actually be forced to kill, not wanting to, the only other person from your race. Take Superman aside, I think that’s the right way to tell that story.”
So, there you have it. Simply put – it was perceived as the right storytelling decision.
Of course, this quote probably won’t change the minds of those who disliked the scene, but Goyer clearly had his reasons.