Batman vs. Superman: Man of Steel ending deeply affects Superman

Ryan Leston
10 November 2013

Although Zack Snyder is understandably quiet about 'Batman vs. Superman' it seems that he has hinted about the repercussions of Superman's fight with General Zod …

In one of the most controversial aspects of Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' we saw Superman facing an incredibly difficult situation. After discovering that he wasn't alone in the universe, he was forced into combat with the last of his kind, and the struggle resulted in one of the most difficult decisions he's ever had to make. But it seems that Clark Kent didn't exactly take it lightly… and the repercussions may even be a part of 'Batman vs. Superman'.

**Spoiler Warning - Don't read on if you haven't seen Man of Steel yet**

[Zack Snyder reveals Man of Steel death toll]

During our live Q&A with Zack Snyder, the 'Batman vs. Superman' director hinted that the controversial death of General Zod could weigh heavily on Clark Kent in the 'Man of Steel' sequel.

"It's a real world problem," he said about Clark's lethal conundrum. "I think the effect on Superman, it is a deeply difficult decision for him to make. It's not a thing that he takes lightly, and you can see it affects him pretty profoundly. And maybe we'll see the repercussions of that in the next film. How that's affected him, making that decision… Maybe."

And it seems he has an awful lot to say about the unwritten rule that Superman never kills.

"Well, what's funny about that rule is that it exists in the movies," he said. "But it doesn't really exist in the comic books. He's killed Zod a couple times in the comic books."

[Watch again: Q&A with Man of Steel cast]

"I think that it's a notion that has grown out of the way he's been popularized on TV and in the movies more than the comic book mythology of Superman," he added. "Killing General Zod is a practical solution to the problem. He wouldn't let his personal aversion to killing cost the lives of an entire planet or those little kids, that little family. So if he had said, 'I'm just morally opposed to killing so I guess I have to let him kill those people.' Those are the dilemmas. We set that up directly so there would be no solution other than that solution."

Backed into a corner, it looks as though the fall-out of this explosive conflict is going to have big repercussions for the Man of Steel. And as I've speculated for some time, I get the feeling that Zod's death will in fact be the catalyst for Superman's choice to never kill again… and that might just level the playing field when it comes to his epic battle against Batman.

How will this all play out? For now we'll have to wait and see. But it certainly adds an interesting dynamic to the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent.

What did you think of General Zod's death? Will it affect the way Superman deals with the Dark Knight in 'Batman vs. Superman' Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Ryan Leston is a comic book movie geek from Cardiff who can't wait to hear more about the rumoured Justice League movie. His favourite DC film is The Dark Knight and he was hugely impressed with Henry Cavill as Superman. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.

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