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David S. Goyer Discusses How Superman Should Be Able to Kill in MAN OF STEEL

September 25, 2013
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Screenwriter David S. Goyer is no stranger to bringing the comic-book world to the big-screen. Having worked with Christopher Nolan on his "Dark Knight" trilogy and the recent "Man of Steel" with Zack Snyder and Nolan, he has certainly earned fanboys' respect.

Before you continue, please note that there are *spoilers* ahead! While "Man of Steel" was widely accepted as one of the best depictions of the last son of Krypton to date, one big controversial element was the fact that Superman killed Zod at the end. Now Goyer speaks out about the controversy and how he thinks Superman should be allowed to kill.

"We were pretty sure that was going to be controversial," Goyer said. "It's not like we were deluding ourselves, and we weren't just doing it to be cool. We felt, in the case of Zod, we wanted to put the character in an impossible situation and make an impossible choice.

"This is one area, and I've written comic books as well and this is where I disagree with some of my fellow comic book writers - 'Superman doesn't kill'. It's a rule that exists outside of the narrative and I just don't believe in rules like that. I believe when you're writing film or television, you can't rely on a crutch or rule that exists outside of the narrative of the film.

Goyer continued, "So the situation was, Zod says 'I'm not going to stop until you kill me or I kill you.' The reality is no prison on the planet could hold him and in our film Superman can't fly to the moon, and we didn't want to come up with that crutch.

"Also our movie was in a way Superman Begins, he's not really Superman until the end of the film. We wanted him to have had that experience of having taken a life and carry that through onto the next films. Because he's Superman and because people idolise him he will have to hold himself to a higher standard."

Goyer, Snyder and team will be back in action for the sequel, and they will have the difficult but exciting task of introducing Ben Affleck as Batman.

What do you make of Goyer's statement? Let us know in the comments section below!

"Man of Steel 2" will hit AMC Theatres on July 17th, 2015.

Source: ComingSoon

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