Bruce Timm on Superman Breaking Zod’s Neck in Man of Steel


Bruce Timm while promoting his latest project with Justice League: Gods & Monsters and Justice League: Gods & Monsters Chronicles that launched today on Machinima spoke about the scene of Superman snapping Zod’s neck in Man of Steel and explained how he wanted to do that in one of his DC Comics films.

“A couple years back, when ‘Man of Steel’ came out, I remember the frenzy of the fans when they said, “Oh, I can’t believe Superman killed General Zod! Superman would never do that.” When I was watching the movie, my first thought was, “Well, dang, I wanted to do that in the Doomsday movie, when we had Superman versus Doomsday,'” Timm told CBR. “I was going to have Superman do exactly the same deed. Doomsday was going to be getting ready to kill some innocent bystanders, and Superman was already mortally wounded, and he was going to use his last bit of strength to break Doomsday’s neck. DC wouldn’t let me do it,” he added. “I said, ‘OK, well this version of Superman can do that.’ Nobody could ever say Superman can’t do that. This version of Superman, we don’t know what he’s going to do.”


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  • Eobard Thawne

    People acting like Superman never kills is ridiculous. He HAS and will again, he just doesn’t make a habit of it.

    I feel like having him be forced to kill Zod is an excellent move for the rest of the DCCU, as we see him evolve.

    • Red Queen

      It’s funny how no one seems to remember that Superman killed in the Donner movies. No one seems to care about that! Why? There he kills and then goes on his merry way. In MoS, he kills and then actually feels bad about it! I don’t get the double standard!

      • Eobard Thawne

        Oh, for sure; he’s killed in comics, too. What makes it a particularly terrible double standard is they’ll go “Man of Steel sucks, the originals are so much better.”

      • Dennis

        The deaths were worse in the Donnerverse. Zod and crew were powerless. They were mortals, and he killed them.

        • Red Queen

          That’s a very good point!

        • dodong27

          True that!