In spite of the positive reception that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has received, the movie is still controversial due to the ending, which had Superman kill General Zod – an act that a lot of fans feel is contrary to Superman’s M.O. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer talked about said ending, and defended his presentation of Superman.
“We were pretty sure that was going to be controversial,” says Goyer of Superman’s final showdown with Zod. “It’s not like we were deluding ourselves, and we weren’t just doing it to be cool.
“We felt, in the case of Zod, we wanted to put the character in an impossible situation and make an impossible choice.
“This is one area, and I’ve written comic books as well and this is where I disagree with some of my fellow comic-book writers – ‘Superman doesn’t kill’. It’s a rule that exists outside of the narrative and I just don’t believe in rules like that.
“I believe when you’re writing film or television, you can’t rely on a crutch or rule that exists outside of the narrative of the film. The reality is no prison on the planet could hold [Zod] and in our film Superman can’t fly to the moon, and we didn’t want to come up with that crutch.”