When Man of Steel hit theaters in 2013, many fans criticized the massive destruction of Metropolis during Superman (Henry Cavill) and General Zod's (Michael Shannon) epic battle. We learned last year that Metropolis is actually situated across a bay from Gotham, and part of that destruction spilled over into Batman's (Ben Affleck) hometown. The destruction of Wayne Tower during this battle helps ignite the conflict between these heroes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and during an interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland, director Zack Snyder revealed that he stands by his decision to make the Man of Steel finale battle so destructive.
"I stand by it, because for me, I've always said when I was working on Watchmen - and maybe it's sort of left over from a Watchmen philosophical sort of thing - that there should be consequences to superheroes' interaction with the earth. And that was kind of the way that we approached Man of Steel. I wanted a big consequence to Superman"s arrival on earth. Certainly, Batman v Superman sort of cashes in all its chips on the 'why' of that destruction."
Not long after the then-controversial casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, it was revealed that this version of The Dark Knight will be a weary hero, who has been fighting crime in Gotham for a number of years. The director added that the "discovery" of this story is these two heroes fighting, which has never been done on the big screen before. He also said that their conflict is portrayed in a satisfying way.
"He's not yet tired of his place in the world. He's definitely still tooth-and-nailing it. The discovery of the story is that Batman fights Superman. Now move your superhero chess pieces so that can happen. And it can happen in a credible and interesting way. ... It's just incredibly satisfying and fun to dig into these two mythological characters and find a through line that allows them to come into conflict in a way that not only is philosophically satisfying, but also physically real."
In addition to these new details, Famous Monsters of Filmland has released the cover for their latest issue, which features Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot. What do you think about Zack Snyder's rationale for all of the Man of Steel destruction? Chime in with your thoughts, and check out the magazine cover below.