Not the first time, but a long time, etc, etc. Anyway, here’s my real problem with Man of Steel. I thought it was mostly good (strong referenceable backstory, Lois is a dumb ass, real consequences to the destruction), but I did have a major problem. In the comics, Superman DOES NOT KILL. Ever. When he had to kill Zod in the post-Crisis reboot, it fucked him up. He ran into space to find himself. He had violated his entire coda. But here? He offs the first really bad guy he meets! What’s next, play Operation with the new Lex?
I keep hearing people complaining about Superman killing Zod in Man of Steel, and saying that’s not what Superman does. However didn’t Superman kill Zod at the end of Superman II? He threw Zod off a cliff and this was after Zod lost his powers. Anyway I loved MOS.
I wouldn’t really call Superman II canon or anything, but yeah, he killed the Kryptonians in the Byrne-verse, and don’t forget that he killed the shit out of Doomsday and even dropped him at the end of the universe to die repeatedly for eternity, so it’s not necessarily that he NEVER kills, it’s that he needs to be pushed EXTREMELY far to justify it. And really, Zod was going to burn a bunch of innocent bystanders alive and wouldn’t ever stop trying to wipe out the human race, so what other choice did Superman have in the moment? He’s an fallible human being, not a soul-less alien, that’s part of the point of the movie. But as I said, I can totally dig how people might hate the plot point and take the movie down a notch as a result, and that’s cool.