Spoiler alert: I’m going to talk about one of the things that really bothered me about the movie “Man of Steel.”
If you saw the movie, you know the end is mainly one overwhelming battle of super beings in Metropolis. And you have to see the movie to fully understand the magnitude of the devastation of the city. If you thought the destruction of midtown Manhattan in “The Avengers” was over the top, that was noting compared to what happened to Metropolis:
Click here to see an editorial by Daily Planet Editor Perry White, which includes this:
So here’s what bothers me about “Man of Steel.”
The Superman I know would never let a battle like this happen in Metropolis. He would have first disabled the terrible machine wrecking the city by flying to the other side of the Earth and destroying the machine’s counterpart there, forcing the super villains to chase him to that part of the planet, where the destruction of life and property would be minimal.
But this Superman didn’t do that. He kept the battle in Metropolis. And what was the result? Here’s the estimate by disaster expert Charles Watson and his crew at Watson Technical Consulting and Kinetic Analysis Corp., requested by the folks at Buzzfeed.
That’s right. Almost 130,000 confirmed dead and $2 trillion in damage.
With a protector like that, who needs terrorists with nukes?
And by all counts, the Avengers were far more responsible in limiting death and destruction. If you remember, Captain America directed the team to contain the fight to midtown Manhattan, between Grand Central Station and 30th Street. Yes, there was carnage, but according to estimates (from Wonkblog):
The damage to Manhattan in “The Avengers” is estimated at around $160 billion.
Not small change, but nowhere near $2 trillion.
I liked “Man of Steel,” though the fight scenes did go on too long. But I remember back in 1980, the previous time Zod appeared in Metropolis. Superman faced battle then saw what was happening to the city and took off. Folks were upset that he “ran,” but he knew what he was doing.
Yes, there is a lot of destruction in this. But it isn’t even close to what happened in “The Avengers,” and definitely not anywhere near what happened in “Man of Steel.”
See, this is the Superman I know. He saw people were in danger and he took the battle to somewhere safe.
That guy in “Man of Steel” was totally irresponsible.