David S. Goyer On The "Collateral Damage" In MAN OF STEEL
Bleeding Cool have posted their interview with Man Of Steel writer David S. Goyer in full, and in it he discusses an element of the movie that seems to have angered quite a few fans and critics - the reckless destruction and (likely) civilian casualties resulting from the battles.
A lot of people have a problem with the levels of destruction caused by the battles (particularly the climactic one) in Man Of Steel, as they feel maybe Superman doesn't do enough to save the potential victims of the carnage. I have my own take on this, as do many others, but what does the writer of the movie think? Well, it turns out he also thinks that lives were very likely lost, but at the end of the day that's just what would happen.
"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."
What do you guys think of that explanation? Could they have taken care to show Superman do a bit more to ensure the safety of the civilians? Or are you happy enough that he did all he could while fighting off several God-like beings?
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