Zack Snyder Explains The Reason For The Mass Carnage In MAN OF STEEL

Much has been made of the level of destruction and collateral damage in the finale of Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, and now in a new interview with The Japan Times, the director offers up an explanation. "It’s a way of recounting the myth.”..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 8/29/2013
Probably the most discussed/debated element of Man of Steel was the high level of destruction present in the final battle in Metropolis between Superman and Zod's forces. Some felt that Superman just wouldn't allow so many civilian losses (not that he had much choice in the matter..but that's a whole other article!) and that just on every level it went a bit far. Well in a recent interview with the Japan Times to promote the movie there, Snyder was asked why he felt the need to destroy so much, causing so many (off-screen) deaths; and here is his reply.



“I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize 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 (who first appeared in ‘Action Comics’ in 1938) is probably the closest we get. It’s a way of recounting the myth.”


If you happen to be one of the people that took issue with the death and destruction, does Snyder's explanation satisfy you? Sound off below.


Source: The Japan Times
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SuperbatSpider1003 - 8/29/2013, 10:25 AM
What the fudge really is her serious ok zack if you say so I hope someone brings up why dupes didn't try to take them some where else or at least hold zod off
SuperbatSpider1003 - 8/29/2013, 10:25 AM
He*
jerryblake - 8/29/2013, 10:27 AM
People still bother with this one ?

I can't see any problem, really ...
They never showed the victims, only buldings collapsing.

It felt (for me) like it was some kind of video game.

I never understood people complaints about collateral damage.

Mass deaths ? Really ? Where ?
write33 - 8/29/2013, 10:28 AM
@Grif
LOL. agreed

and mass carnage is fine..Superman rescuing anybody in Metropolis not named "Lois" still would have been nice. ah well, i liked it alot and look forward to MoS 2.
jerryblake - 8/29/2013, 10:33 AM
it's not like the end of Avengers, when Whedon showed us people lighting candles ...
jerryblake - 8/29/2013, 10:34 AM
it made you actually think about the victims ...
GizmoEl - 8/29/2013, 10:36 AM
The destruction in this movie was absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary. It's even more ridiculous with the fact that Superman killed Zod over the lives of 3 individuals standing in front of him.. when he himself killed millions just carelessly flying through buildings.
TelaVizion - 8/29/2013, 10:40 AM
It was reality.... It was a war going on between him and Zod/ Zod's forces...

I dare you to try and lead me away from the place you was hiding in. I'd burn that shit to the ground just to teach you a lesson.

The universe isn't made out of marshmallows and candy canes. Things get messed up in battles.
SuperbatSpider1003 - 8/29/2013, 10:40 AM
I hope in the sequel people are a little iffy on superman so they trust lex and by the end when it turns out lex is evil they Believe in superman and he becomes the symbol of hope for everyone
jerryblake - 8/29/2013, 10:40 AM
@GizmoEl

really ? I don't wanna be a defender here, but did they actually showed someone died (during his flying through the building scenes) ?

p.s. yes, the destruction was ridiculous. But that's another story.
SageMode - 8/29/2013, 10:42 AM
"“I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize 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 (who first appeared in ‘Action Comics’ in 1938) is probably the closest we get. It’s a way of recounting the myth.”

Aka I want to give the fanboy the visuals of Supes comic book power level on screen through gratuitous disaster porn.
TheSonOfKrypton - 8/29/2013, 10:45 AM
@GizmoEl Do you mean the same hapless millions of civilians either evacuated or killed by the World Engine prior to Superman engaging Zod in a quite obviously deserted and destroyed area of Metropolis?
I would think not ;)
TheWolverine08 - 8/29/2013, 10:47 AM