How Superman Resolved the Issue of Zod *MEGA SPOILER*

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"S" plastic shield vs broken neck.

  1. "S" shield, cool new power designed to kill powerless enemies.

  2. Broken neck to save a family and millions of future innocent lives.

  3. "S" shield, cool new power designed to kill powerless enemies.

  4. Broken neck to save a family and millions of future innocent lives.

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  1. Frontier

    Frontier Arkham Asylum Inmate

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    I'm amazed I've not seen an independent thread on this. Considering the levels of rage over the lack of red undies, the fact of Superman - the most boyscout and law-abiding of all heroes -
    breaking the "one rule" and killing Zod...

    I was shocked as hell to see that happen. Supes has always been the least likely character to
    kill his enemy.
     
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  2. Rowsdower!

    Rowsdower! Well-Known Member

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    Just going to reiterate this here.

    In the comics, Superman killed Zod. And afterward, he was riddled with guilt.

    Now I can't say for sure that the scene in the movie is a direct nod to that, but there's a good chance that it was, given the way it played out, and Superman's very powerful, emotional reaction to what he had just done.

    It's also important to note that we saw Reeve's Superman kill Zod too, or at least it sure seemed that way. And there, it wasn't even necessary.

    So... just my opinion, but I have no problem with it. He had to do it to save lives. And it's not out of character for Superman, at least not the John Byrne version, which was canon for 20 years or so. Some people are going to hate it, but I wasn't one of them.
     
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  3. Man of Steel

    Man of Steel Superman

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    This is what I posted in another thread:

     
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  4. pr0xyt0xin

    pr0xyt0xin Shaper Savant

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    [Blackout]I think the act was fine. It made sense in context and it was a great "reason" so to speak for him to develop his "rule."[/Blackout]

    This is a great point. Thanks for that.


    It sounds like you are have a pretty severe case of denial my friend.
     
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  5. SuperFerret

    SuperFerret King of the Urban Jungle

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    Good god, I agree with pr0xyt0xin.

    Especially on the whole "this is his motivation" deal. Especially because Planet Clark hadn't been created yet, so he has the motivation to reconnect with his human side, and it could lead to a sort of self-imposed 12 Labors of Hercules in a sequel.
     
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    I didn't see such a "rule" discussed at any point in this film. This Superman never said anything about having a rule against doing what he did. However, I could easily see how his actions in this film and the fallout from them could lead to him developing such a rule in future sequels.
     
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  7. DorkyFresh

    DorkyFresh Sum Dum Goy

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    I think they handled it just fine...and there was an emotional gravity for what he did. It's not like they played it light.

    This Superman is someone who very much values human life. So if there's anything he can do to spare or save someone within his reach, he's going to do it. As they say...desperate times call for desperate measures. He did what he had to do, but he certainly felt sickened by it. Superman is the essence of morality...and when someone threatens people we hold dear, we'll do ANYTHING to prevent those people from being harmed, including ending another person's life.
     
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    Robin91939 Master Tim

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    And Reeve's Superman and Kidder's Lois [BLACKOUT]each combined to kill Zod[/BLACKOUT], Ursa and Non in Superman II. HERE, this scene was 1000% more potent. Cavil sells it. It's a beautiful scene. This moment, and the [BLACKOUT]Tornado scene[/BLACKOUT] got to me the most.

    For a "soulless" movie -- it certainly was beautiful and touching in many respects.

    -R
     
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  9. Man of Steel

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    Probably.
     
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  10. Bruce Malone

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    I did find it ironic how even batman as dark as he was depicted in the nolan series never came to a point where he actually killed anyone with own hands directly.

    I have to feel that was some sort of statement but i'm not sure from whom? Snyder? Nolan? Goyer?
     
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    Superman has killed a few times at least in the comics...and every time it was a mistake. I GUESS if they do it like the comics and he is riddled with guilt and becomes all angsty, then I suppose that is better...but do I really want a Superman sequel to revolve around his inner turmoil, sadness and regret?? It's freaking SUPERMAN!
     
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  12. N7 Joseph Shepard

    N7 Joseph Shepard Human/Kryptonian Hybrid

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    I've been someone who's defended the fact that yes, Superman has killed in the past but only when there is absolutely no other options available to him.

    In Man Of Steel we have an in-experienced Superman who really has no clue as to what he is capable of (he learned to fly what? A few weeks before Zod shows up?), so in a way you could see it from that stand point that he felt he had no other choice.

    However, again as someone who's defended that aspect, as someone who probably would have yelled "just kill him already".....I have to say.....actually "SEEING IT HAPPEN"......never in a million years would I have believed DC/WB would have the balls to do that in a live action movie.

    It really all comes down again to the fact that he is a in-experienced Superman, he has to learn his rules somehow and I think this is where he will learn the "Never Kill" rule, you can see its eating at him, he cant believe what he's done, and he wont want to feel like that ever again.

    If we ever see this lead up into a Superman vs. DOOMSDAY fight, I bet this moment will come back to haunt him and play a big factor into that fight.
     
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  13. gkokujin

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    I honestly feel that they should have had Zod kill that family or one of them for that scene to have a harder impact.

    THEN the scream would have made more sense as a primal scream of I'M COMPLETELY ALONE NOW, I DIDN'T WANT TO KILL THE LAST OF MY KIND.
     
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  14. KillerMcQueen

    KillerMcQueen Mortal-ish

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    I was worried about this moment going into the movie, but thought it was amazingly well executed, Cavill really made you feel that despite having no choice it was a hard decision to make, and his reaction to having killed Zod sold the moment to me, I actually think this could be viewed as the moment where Superman's views on how precious life is come to fruition.
     
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    Okay if your're in this thread, then you deserve to be spoiled.

    I think Superman killed Zod. He felt bad about it, but at the end of the day Zod killed tons of people with his terraforming machine.

    There is some misconception that Superman will shut down and put up the cape if he kills. Superman has killed plenty of people when he's destroyed machines piloted by humans or aliens. He tries not to but at some point it's inevitable.


    I don't think Zod needed to kill the family. The point was that he isn't a killer and was forced to make the choice. He hasn't just had to fight hard but also take a life in a very personal way after begging.

    Also Clark knows he isn't the last of his kind. He did just open up the Phantom Zone.

    I though it was a great conclusion to the fight.
     
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    That's weird...I always thought that Clark's moral views were instilled in him by the Kents in his youth. In this movie, he was just born a certain way and the Kents were mere babysitters as he awaited his destiny that we were told he had inside him but never shown.

    This movie was said to have a point that people can reach beyond what they were intended to be...and therefore the point was that being Clark was not enough for this Kryptonian and that his destiny was to be a warrior (basically saying that the Kryptonian way that Jor-El rebelled against was actually correct). Kal reached beyond humanity to become the ultimate Kryptonian. That is not Superman. Superman is more human than any of us could ever be.
     
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    no, he was a killer. Did you forget what happened on Krypton?
     
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  18. Batman137

    Batman137 Why do we fall?

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    Kill, or be killed.

    Right?
     
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  19. John Locke

    John Locke One is Dark One is Light

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    He's saying Superman isn't a killer.
     
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    psylockolussus Well-Known Mutant

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    I didn't mind that he killed Zod but seriously, after Superman killed Zod, they didn't show the family that was almost got killed by Zod. Just sloppy writing.
     
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    ...Are you being facetious?

    And in regards to the moment, I thought it was fine. It showed that he was clearly effected by the action, and it didn't handle it lightly.
     
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  22. pr0xyt0xin

    pr0xyt0xin Shaper Savant

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    Oh my golly idk who you are. :wow: Or why it's shocking that you agree with me.
     
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  23. Blitzkrieg Bop

    Blitzkrieg Bop Fight Owens Fight

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    I thought that this decision was the biggest conflict of the entire movie. That's what I love to see in these movies; give the hero a real heavy choice to make and to watch how it affects them. It raises the question of "Will he kill again?" How is this Superman going to handle Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid, Parasite, etc. after killing Zod?
     
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  24. KillerMcQueen

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    I didn't think they needed to, you see them about to get killed, and you see Superman do the only thing he can do, you know the family was saved, the important thing is to show how devastated Clark is by the fact that he just killed Zod.
     
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  25. Heretic

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    I just really would not look forward to a sequel where a depressed, angst ridden Clark, torn apart by guilt, has to find the humanity that he should have been given by the Kents as a child. I don't want to feel sorry for Superman and his lowly state of humanity...hoping that he finds a way to be as good as I am. I want to be in awe of how he is more human than I could ever be, despite being born on another planet, and I want to spend my life trying to live up to that ideal. But that Superman is not very 2013, is it?
     
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