We all knew Man of Steel would provoke discussion once it opened in theaters last summer. After all, this was a major studio rebooting the most iconic superhero of all time—of course the movie was going to be a worldwide event that would get people talking. But boy did the movie ruffle some feathers. Passionate discussion took place in the weeks following the film’s release and just kept going, right up to this moment right here in which people are still discussing/debating the major decisions that Superman makes in the film’s final act. While director Zack Snyder’s follow-up film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is introducing a plethora of DC Comics heroes to a new interconnected universe while also serving as a tee-up for the two-part Justice League film, new plot details suggest that the film will also be addressing some of the major Man of Steel criticisms head on.
More after the jump, but beware of possible minor spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Devin over at Badass Digest has been revealing a pretty steady stream of information about Batman v Superman over the past few months, and while we won’t know until March 2016 if the info pans out, he seems to be quite confident in his reporting. Sourcing a draft of the BvS screenplay penned by Chris Terrio a month before production began, Devin says the film directly addresses the “Superman doesn’t kill” criticism of Man of Steel:
When Superman confronts a big bad guy and unravels his plot, he tells the villain, “I won’t snap your neck, I’m going to take you to prison,” an on-the-nose response to criticisms of the first movie.
He also says that during a fight sequence with a villain, General Swanwick tells the military that “Superman will move the battle away from populated areas because he’s a hero, and that’s what heroes do.” This, of course, addresses the fact that Superman and Zod’s final battle in Man of Steel led to the massive destruction of Metropolis, resulting in some not-so-welcome 9/11 imagery.
Devin notes that since the information comes from a draft handed in a month before filming began, certain sequences and dialogue could be significantly altered in the finished film. So don’t be shocked if the “I won’t snap your neck” line doesn’t make the final cut.
The report also says that while the movie opens with Batman’s origin, fast forwarding to Bruce Wayne arriving in Metropolis in the midst of the Superman and Zod fight, the story then shifts its focus largely to Superman. This should come as welcome news to those worried that Ben Affleck’s character will overshadow Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel in the superhero-stuffed feature. Other revelations, per Badass Digest, include the fact that Batman v Superman takes place a few years after Man of Steel, Lois and Clark are living together and still working at the Daily Planet, and the global implications of Superman (eg. China doesn’t want him in their air space) are explored.
Again, films go through a lot of development during production and post-production—especially massive tentpoles such as this—so the specifics of this information could very well evolve between now and when the film hits theaters. For now, though, it’s interesting to see that Terrio and Snyder are (or at least were) willing to tackle these big Man of Steel criticisms head on.
What do you think, readers? If you were upset by some of Superman’s actions in Man of Steel, would the fact that they’re directly addressed in Batman v Superman ease some of your apprehension? Or would you rather they simply continue the development of the character while avoiding such overt references to his past mistakes? Sound off in the comments below. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.