There are many fans who still have unresolved issues with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, more specifically the mass destruction of Metropolis and the incredibly high death count caused by the final battle between Zod and Superman. In a recent interview with Japan Times, Snyder defends and shares his thoughts on the controversial ending.
“I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. 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.”
“In many ways, Clark Kent’s dilemma is the American dilemma. Wherever we’re from, we all have this very strong desire for acceptance. When he’s young, most of Clark Kent’s efforts are directed toward being like everyone else. So the fact that he’s not like everyone and never will be is very difficult for him to accept. … If he steps in to save everyone, he’ll never be accepted as a normal guy.”
I’m not sure that its the most satisfying answer, but there you go. Perhaps its part of what draws Bruce Wayne into the story. I’m still of the opinion that we should have had a post credit sequence of Superman fixing Metropolis with the help of Lexcorp. Regardless of the criticism over the death toll, Man of Steel has raked in $650 million worldwide from a $225 million budget.