Originally Posted by The Guard
Yes it does. Especially when Zod tries to kill the people right before Superman stops him.
It is to be assumed that Zod wanted to kill people based on his words and his actions, as Zod's actions, what with all the toppling buildings and such, were likely killing people.
By the end of the movie, it is no longer only a "threat".
I just explained that. He potentially could have. It would not, in the longrun, have solved the issue.
It would have solved the problem because at no point did Zod attempt to break away from the melee. His ego put him toe-to-toe with Supes in a fight to the death.