Originally Posted by DA_Champion
The Insane Destruction That The Final “Man Of Steel” Battle Would Do To NYC, By The Numbers
That's what Snyder showed on screen, and that's what they were going for when making the movie. They said that they wanted Superman to first show up in the world in a time of tremendous death and destruction, so that he would be like a Greek God to the people of the DC-verse:
With this in mind, we can better understand the thematic meaning of Jonathan Kent's sacrifice. Jonathan Kent told his son that he should only open up to the world when the world was ready, and if he had come out as a hero when the tornado happened, only a handful of lives (possibly just one) would have been saved, which would have been unmythological. By allowing his father to die an extremely painful and scary death, Clark Kent emerged to the world in the midst of a disaster and mass death, and he could thus be a mythology to the people of Metropolis and Earth.
The problem is that the movie barely acknowledged that loss of life and Superman didn't seem all that concerned about it during or after the crisis. I mean, yeah, he was trying to stop Zod, but we never saw him reacting to the carnage around him or actively trying to minimize it or save lives. And in some cases he came off as partially responsible for it.
Also, this quote from Zack Snyder is ridiculous:
"In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters."
Mass deaths don't symbolize disasters, they literally are disasters.