Rumor Mongering: Batman v Superman Will Respond Directly to Man of Steel Criticisms
So, Batman v Superman will have a few jokes? Don't bet on that, but apparently Superman will act a little more like the superhero he's supposed to be in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Man of Steel got a mixed reception from critics and fans alike, with DC Comics readers especially complaining that Superman broke his (and Batman's) infamous "no-kill" rule when he killed Zod, and also that he basically threw caution to the wind and destroyed Metropolis during that final battle, which presumably caused the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians.
According to one of our favorite rumor mills, Badass Digest, Henry Cavill's Superman explicitly tries to be less of a jerk in the sequel. According to a draft of the script from right before production, when given the opportunity to kill a villain, Clark Kent says, "I won't snap your neck, I'm going to take you to prison," which directly references his non-kosher actions in the first film. (He then threatens to break the guy's back, but he doesn't do it, so that's progress, right?) And then when the big showdown begins, General Stanwick reportedly tells the military that Superman "will move the battle away from populated areas because he's a hero, and that's what heroes do."
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it's good to see the studio integrating perfectly legitimate critiques of the first film. On the other hand, Superman can't really have a no-kill rule retroactively, so this would only make sense if he felt guilty and was directly responding to his own actions in Man of Steel. Otherwise he's just claiming that he doesn't kill people when he clearly does. Similarly, when it comes to taking the fight away from populated areas, that moment will only land with the audience if Superman's mistakes in the first film are acknowledged. But that being said, we should always encourage filmmakers to get away from this "heroes knocking down buildings and destroying cities without caring that people are inside" trend.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out on March 25, 2016.