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.”