Zack Snyder Talks the Massive Destruction and Death Count in ‘Man of Steel’

The filmmaker explains why he wanted the final battle between Superman and Zod to have a mythological resonance.
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Zack Snyder Talks the Massive Destruction and Death Count in ‘Man of Steel’

Zack Snyder defends the death count in Man of Steel While some fans can't stop talking about last week's announcement that Ben Affleck is playing Batman in Man of Steel 2 (a.k.a. Batman vs. Superman), there are other folks who are still upset over the incredibly high death count in Man of Steel.

In fact, BuzzFeed went so far as to bring in an analyst, who estimated that the fictional death count would be over 129,000 people in that Metropolis fight sequence alone. Director Zack Snyder was recently asked to comment about the alarmingly high death toll, saying that he wanted this important moment to have a mythological tone.

"I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence. In America, we don't have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman is probably the closest we get. It's a way of recounting the myth."

It isn't known how this sequence, which cost hundreds of thousands of fictional lives, will come into play during Batman vs. Superman, which also stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet editor Perry White, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. The sequel is scheduled to begin production next year, with Warner Bros. issuing a July 17, 2015 release date.

Regardless of the criticism over the death toll, Man of Steel has taken in just under $650 million worldwide from a $225 million budget. Maybe its part of what draws Bruce Wayne into the story. Maybe someone important to him died in the rubble, and now he's seeking Kal-El out for revenge! It could happen!

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013.

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