David Goyer Explains Superman Killing Zod in Man of Steel


Man of Steel screenplay writer David S. Goyer, during a podcast with Nerdist explained and mainly defended Superman’s reasoning for killing of Zod in the film, which received strong criticism by fans, critics and general movie audience alike.

“The way I work, the way Chris works, is you do what’s right for the story, rhat exists entirely separately from what fans should or shouldn’t think of that character. You have to do what’s right for the story. In that instance, this was a Superman who had only been Superman for like, a week. He wasn’t Superman as we think of him in the DC Comics or even in a world that conceived of Superman existing. He’s only flown for the first time a few days before that. He’s never fought anyone that had super powers before. And so he’s going up against a guy who’s not only super-powered, but has been training since birth to use those super powers, who exists as a superhuman killing machine, who has stated, ‘I will never stop until I destroy all of humanity.’ If you take Superman out of it, what’s the right way to tell that story? I think the right way to tell that story is if you take this powered alien who says, ‘You can have your race back, but you have to kill your adopted race,’ the moral, horrible situation to be in is to actually be forced to kill, not wanting to, the only other person from your race. Take Superman aside, I think that’s the right way to tell that story.”

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  • Newmantoplease

    Hey do you wanna check this out? It says that Superman and Batman standalones were in fact announced at the original DCEU/DC/WB press conference by Kevin Tsujihara himself : https://mobile.twitter.com/dceufacts/status/658463630699040768/photo/1

    • Mango Jas

      It could be true and I assume it is bc of the contracts and whatnot. But Ben saying it would be like a dream just seems like he can’t confirm it yet. He might later though

      • Newmantoplease

        Lol I already knew we were getting solo batman films but this is GREAT news because it means those dumbass “reporters” were wrong and that there will be more Superman films!

        • Mango Jas

          Exactly!! This makes me hyped and we will probably see more of Lex!!

          • Newmantoplease

            I’m excited too, I just would like someone who writes articles (like an expert or something) to confirm its legitimacy

          • Mango Jas

            Me too! I need too read an expert to write some BvS related articles after reading those lame theory’s that people have been coming up with. But I’m sure once BvS comes out we’ll be hearing more about the solo movies.

  • IronBatMaidenMan

    I dont understand why people dont get that…

  • abdoulhay ceesay

    “criticism” ….right

  • Newmantoplease

    So no one’s gonna respond? I just wanted to confirm its legitimacy….

    • It was confirmed with the slate of movies in the official press release by Warner Bros last year:

      “In a massive expansion of the Studio’s DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies—as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films—from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters”


      • Newmantoplease

        Okay, cool. I was just curious if you guys made an article about it because people keep saying things like “batman and superman aren’t getting solo films” so I wondered if people were aware of what was actually said.