Zack Snyder Defends Man of Steel Death Toll: "What About Star Wars: The Force Awakens"?

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 - 10:18AM
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Wednesday, 23 March 2016 - 10:18AM
Zack Snyder Defends Man of Steel Death Toll: "What About Star Wars: The Force Awakens"?
With Batman v Superman coming out this weekend, many fans are wondering if the superhero team-up will be more successful than the aggressively mediocre Man of Steel. In particular, Snyder has promised to flesh out the consequences of the ending of Man of Steel, which saw most of Metropolis get flattened during the fight between Superman and Zod. In the latest defense of that ending, Snyder claimed that the collateral damage in MOS was nothing compared to the death toll in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Snyder recalled a friend saying Man of Steel had the largest death toll of any movie in recent memory:

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"I went, really? And I said, well, what about ['Star Wars: The Force Awakens']?" said Snyder. "In 'Star Wars' they destroy five planets with billions of people on them. That's gotta be one of the highest death toll movies in history, the new 'Star Wars' movie, if you just do the math."
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Snyder is likely correct about those numbers, but there are several germane differences between MOS and The Force Awakens. First, the tone of Man of Steel was dead serious, while The Force Awakens was much lighter. This isn't really an excuse, since there's generally too much collateral damage in action movies, but one could argue that TFA didn't take on that responsibility quite as much by making a "gritty" movie.

But more importantly, in Star Wars the villains were solely responsible for that collateral damage, while the protagonists were fighting against them. In Man of Steel, Superman and Zod were both complicit in causing the destruction, and Superman made little to no effort to take the fight somewhere else, where innocent people wouldn't be in harm's way.

Snyder also stated that Batman v Superman is a spiritual successor to Watchmen of sorts:

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"It's all about the 'why' of superheroes: the political why, the religious why, the philosophical why," Snyder said. "Once you've absorbed that material, there's no way it doesn't resonate with you, especially when you're dealing with characters like Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman, who are basically the trinity. In some ways, this will be, I hope at it's really best, the impossible version of 'Watchmen'."
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Snyder doesn't seem to 100% understand the criticisms of Man of Steel, so I'd be hesitant to hope that the movie could be as philosophically cogent as Watchmen. But then again, Watchmen was originally supposed to be based on established DC characters, including Batman and Superman, so it makes sense that this is sort of a wish fulfillment project for Snyder.

Batman v Superman hits theaters on Friday, March 25.

Via Slashfilm

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