Man of Steel had an epic finale that saw most of Metropolis destroyed. This certainly rankled fans, and has been a point of controversy ever since the 2013 movie came out. It's presumed that a lot of innocent bystanders died in the climactic fight between Superman and Zod. But director Zack Snyder doesn't quite see eye to eye with his critics. He believes this ending was very necessary, and it will carry over into next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Talking with EW, he goes onto explain how the brawl sets the next phase of the DC Comics Cinematic Universe in motion. About the backlash, Zack Snyder has this to say.

"I was surprised because that's the thesis of Superman for me, that you can't just have superheroes knock around and have there be no consequences."
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The director goes onto reveal how the Man of Steel ending will have some dire consequences that play out in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He even compares it to his first superhero epic, Watchmen.

"There are other superhero movies where they joke about how basically no one's getting hurt. That's not us. What is that message? That it's okay that there's this massive destruction with zero consequence for anyone? That's what Watchmen was about in a lot of ways too. There was a scene, that scene where Dan and Laurie get mugged. They beat up the criminals. I was like the first guy, I want to show his arm get broken. I want a compound fracture. I don't want it to be clean. I want you to go, 'Oh my God, I guess you're right. If you just beat up a guy in an alley he's not going to just be lying on the ground. It's going to be messy."

Star Ben Affleck agrees that the Man of Steel ending was right for that movie, and the other DC Comics movies to come. He even explains how it effects Bruce Wayne.

"One of the things I liked was Zack's idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings. And in fact, one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne's building so he knew people who died in that Black Zero event."


Do you agree with the director and his actor? Did they change our mind about the destructive fight scene at the end of Man of Steel? Will it all make sense once you've seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Probably.

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