The Nightmare of Zod

The Nightmare of Zod

An article pondering what would happen if a super-powered being invaded Earth

Five more months! That’s all we have left until Man of Steel finally hits theaters. I have been anticipating this movie for such a long time. Superman has always had a special place in my heart, I loved the original Reeves movies and I was a fan of the animated series in the 90's.

I remember reading about Superman’s comeback to big screen since the 90’s when Tim Burton was attached, but I was sorely disappointed when Superman Returns failed to ignite any kind of spark for the big blue Boy Scout. Instead, I found that Superman Returns proved to be an effective nighttime sleep aid.

With expectations at an all-time high for Man of Steel, I’ve been thinking about it a lot, to the point where I was even dreaming about it. Yes, I’m aware of how that sounds, but it wasn’t actually a dream, it was a nightmare! Based on the trailers and the photos we’ve been getting from Man of Steel, I’ve already somehow put together a picture in my head of how the movie will go down. I will finally get to see how the real world will deal with a super-powered being among them and even worse, one who wants to completely take over.

Imagine this guy taking over Earth

When you step back and think about it, there haven’t really been any movies that have dove deep and tackled this far-fetched (but still possible!) idea. Superman II sort of addressed this, but in a not so serious manner. General Zod came in and took over the Earth in days, along with his cohorts, Ursa and Non, but c’mon, the trio were sitting in the white house with their feet up completely bored out their minds, wondering what to do next. I really don’t think a malevolent being (or beings) would sit back and be completely bored with the world.

Other movies have also addressed the super-powered being on Earth and the public’s reaction, such as Watchmen, X-Men and others, but always in a passing manner.

What I always wondered is what would happen, if either an alien being with god-like powers, or a superhuman decided to just impose his will upon Earth? How would the public deal with that horrifying realization?

In my nightmare, Zod was actually invading Earth, and yes, it was the Michael Shannon version with the black uniform. I remember my dream having that perpetual impending sense of doom vibe, it was terrifying! Zod was literally taking over the world, he had come here, unaware and uninformed of Earth, with god-like powers at his disposal, an evil tyrannical demeanor and alien equipment. He was single-handedly stomping the military and what made it even scarier is that he had come to my neck of the woods. This is where it gets weird, I was in my house fearing the worst but hoping that somehow I could stop him, my dog had escaped out to where Zod was destroying things and I had to go and get him. Now, I know how that sounds, but when it feels real, man, it’s terrifying. I woke up shortly after, wondering, "What the eff did I just dream about? that was insane"

I’ve read some articles on how our military actually has contingency plans for an alien invasion. Suppose, a freak accident turns a human being into an absolute telekinetic monster, or an experiment turns a once good person into a superman-like being who then in turn abuses his powers to turn the world into what he wants.

Thanks to physics, a superman-like being would be impossible, but I believe there are things in this universe that are unexplainable by our current understanding of science.

Imagine something like General Zod arriving on Earth to take it over, what would we as a collective species do? Fight to survive? Give up and accept subjugation and enslavement? Be exterminated? Such ideas are the stuff of nightmares.

I predict the Man of Steel will answer such questions. Will we be ready for a super-powered being such as Superman? How horrifying will Zod’s invasion be? I want to see how the real world would react to something like this and I’m glad the writers will inject some of realism into this movie.

I know one thing for sure; my butt will be planted on that seat to watch Man of Steel come June of this year.
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GreenHalJordan - 1/14/2013, 8:00 PM
Interesting theory....Scary, don't get me wrong....but interesting!
johnblake - 1/14/2013, 8:05 PM
nice article. If zod came to earth hed probrally just rape and pillage with his consorts. Eventually he'd mate with a human female and genitically engineer him to be the most powerful hybrid and the king of earth while he continued to expand his empire. after seeing the kryptonian human hybrids rape and enslave the humans his son would be eventually become distraught with his fathers evil ways and would form the Justice Society of earth. they eventually overthrow Zod and peace is restored through out the galaxy.
(thats what would happen)
Tainted87 - 1/14/2013, 8:17 PM
Awesome write-up, I congratulate you!

The more and more I think about it, the more I understand why Zod was chosen as the villain for this reboot.

It's already bad enough when an alien is flying across the planet, completely ignoring weapons fire, and has the strength to carry a mountain... humanity is just supposed to trust that this guy is on their side and won't abuse his power.

But to make matters worse, aliens from the same planet as this one come in with guns blazing. Are you going to trust this "Superman"? Even when he inevitably saves the day, how is the world convinced that he doesn't mean them any harm? Even if his definition of protection usually goes hand in hand, he has the power to annihilate the planet should he change his mind, and he has the power to enslave it should he get carried away with his messiah complex.

And what can be done about it? How would you feel if you were completely powerless to stop someone like him? You'd feel robbed of any choice - controlled.

This is where the franchise as it stands will get interesting, and this is where Lex Luthor has a lot of potential in the sequel.

"Why don't you put the whole world in a bottle, Superman?"
-Red Son

And oh man, Lex won't be alone there. And that's what he's going to count on. See, on the exterior, Luthor has everyone (well, almost) convinced that he's trying to reclaim the planet, to give humanity teeth, and restore their ability to say "no" and have it mean something. But inside, he's jealous of Superman, and he wants to have the Man of Steel wrapped around his finger BECAUSE of those feelings of envy.

That's what separates Batman from Luthor.
aresww3 - 1/15/2013, 7:39 AM
I know one thing, he wouldn´t come round my neck of the woods, trying to get frisky; cause my boys get crazy. East Side!! East Side!!
Parker2017 - 1/15/2013, 10:40 AM
you forgot Chronicle also sorta talked about it. Interesting article indeed friend really makes you think.
Luminus - 1/15/2013, 7:20 PM
@Tainted87: Excellent photo manip! As for Zod, just get some cancer patients to eat Kryptonite and then send them to beat the snot out of him. They're gonna die anyway. Might as well go out as heroes.
fortycals - 1/16/2013, 11:56 AM
Short answer is we would eventually destroy ourselves trying to destroy someone like zod. Our planets biggest baddest weapons would be used to defend the earth making the earth unfit for us in the proccess. A god like power would only have to show up and flex his muscles and society would crumble into chaos between the sheep who would worship,and the stupid who would try to fight it.
incrediblesuperbatspider - 1/16/2013, 12:39 PM
Thanks for the thoughtful response, this movie could be an amazing story for a set-up such as that one. I do remember reading somewhere that Henry Cavill had actually read Red Son to get an idea of Superman's character.
incrediblesuperbatspider - 1/16/2013, 12:41 PM


@Parker 2017-
Chronicle didn't really address the public's reaction to the discovery of the TK kids

Imagine that man, it would be interesting to say the least, I think I would hide and hope someone like Luthor discovers a weakness
Tainted87 - 1/17/2013, 8:59 AM
That photo manip has been around since Superman Returns came out. Can't claim any credit, but it's an awesome picture.

Lex Luthor is a complex character. In the silver age of comics, he was a straight-up villain and no one on the planet had any misconceptions about that. A few decades ago, he really started to branch out - not just becoming an obvious problem for the Justice League, but has more than once succeeded in turning THE WORLD against "the superhero problem".

Again, it's a facade. He wants control, and they are in the way of it, but he'll end up spending billions of dollars just to make himself look like a saint in order to garner favor. One semi-recent plot from the original "52" had Luthor creating his own Teen Titans, giving them superpowers that he could turn off at will. When going against a Hulk-like bad guy, Luthor hit the switch on the one member of the team most suspicious of him - and she was killed instantly.

Batman is famous for the Tower of Babel story, which has been loosely adapted to "Justice League: Doom".... where his paranoia is demonstrated in the worst way possible - his contingency plans to deal with every member of the Justice League just in case they should get out of control... are stolen. One by one, members of the Justice League are taken out using Batman's plans. Over the years beforehand, Batman has habitually found some out that his teammates either don't think of or just aren't comfortable using, because he's such a loner with trust issues.

In Public Enemies (particularly the comic), it is noted that Batman arranged for those most loyal to Batman and Superman (Black Lightning, Katana; Powergirl, Starfire) to be around to watch Major Force's betrayal, and survive Captain Atom's explosion.

So yeah, the two are similar in that they are billionaires, don't have super powers, and fight dirty. And the two always have Kryptonite on their person...

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