11 Super Things We Learned From the ‘Man of Steel’ Live Fan Q&A Event
It was Superman Saturday as filmmaker and longtime comic book aficionado Kevin Smith hosted the "Man of Steel" Fan Event — which streamed live right here on Yahoo Movies — in anticipation of the summer blockbuster's imminent Blu-ray and DVD release. While not much was revealed about any future cinematic adventures of the Man of Tomorrow (no real juicy "Batman vs. Superman" scoops, unfortunately), the event did offer some buzz-worthy tidbits about the somewhat controversial superhero extravaganza that's had a some fans in an uproar over its supposedly un-Superman-ish elements.
The "Clerks" director, sporting his trademark hockey jersey reworked with the "Man of Steel" logo, kept things fun and lively as he moderated a Q&A with director Zack Snyder and actress Amy Adams, with the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill, being "beamed in from the Fortress of Solitude" (Smith's affectionate term for London). Fans got to ask questions via video feed or Twitter, and here's the news that's fit for a special edition of the Daily Planet.
1. Superman killing General Zod isn't so shocking if you've read the comics.
What really got some fans in an uproar more than the sight of Metropolis buildings collapsing left and right was the film's climax in which — SPOILER ALERT — Superman snaps General Zod's neck, effectively murdering the Kryptonian general and making Kal-El, indeed, the "Last Son of Krypton."
Zack Snyder pointed out that the idea of Superman never taking a life is a notion that has come from "the way he's been popularized in movies and television. That 'rule' doesn't exist in the comics — in the comics, he's actually killed Zod a couple of times. In the comics he's more of a 'practical' hero — his aversion to killing won't stop him from doing it if it's the only solution."
Interestingly enough, Snyder also hinted at the possibility of Kal-El facing the repercussions of taking Zod's life in the next film ...
2. The destruction of Metropolis was important to Superman's personal journey.
While Kevin Smith would like to imagine that the Battle of Metropolis actually took place on a "work holiday" with empty office buildings, Zack Snyder estimated that "about 5,000 people" were killed as Superman and Zod grappled with each other. But it was all a part of bringing a sense of tragedy to the film — and a necessary experience as Superman learns to truly be, well, Superman.