Originally Posted by Spamtron
Yeah, I'd agree with that to a point... he probably could've reversal-ed that and kept going, but he had no purpose anymore anyway and still needed to go out on a glorious battle high note thanks to his breeding.
"I exist only to protect Krypton.
That is the sole purpose for which I was born. And every action I take, no matter how violent or how cruel, is for the greater good of my people. And now... I have no people.
My soul, that is what you have taken from me!"
"There is only one way this ends, Kal, either you die or I do."
He definitely wanted to die. Probably would have killed himself anyway if he managed to kill Superman. His sole purpose at that point was to destroy Superman, maybe he realized that making the boy scout kill was another way of destroying him.