Man of Steel writer David S Goyer has spoken out about the controversy surrounding his depiction of Superman, revealing there was alternate ending to the film where the Kryptonian didn’t kill General Zod.
Appearing on a Comic-Con@Home panel on Saturday (July 25) hosted by Backstory, Goyer revealed all about the vast array of comic book adaptations he’s worked on over the years, including The Dark Knight and Blade trilogies.
When he got to Man of Steel, he was keen to explain how he and producer Christopher Nolan wanted to bring an element of dark “realism” to the movie, but acknowledged that it didn’t go down too well with some fans.
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“I absolutely understand a lot of people had problems with it,” he said. “When I have had a hand in adapting these things, you wanna be as respectful to the core material as possible but you also can’t protect against failure. You have to take big swings. With big swings there are big rewards.
“We took enormous swings with Batman Begins and with The Dark Knight that turned out to be well-received. But we were trying to tell a different kind of Superman story, a Superman story that hadn’t been told before and it required us taking some big swings.”
He continued: “We talked about whether or not people would accept it [the dark tone], and the editorial staff at DC had accepted it. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t a mistake, but if you sit there and you say, ‘I don’t wanna take any risk. I’m worried I might offend a portion of the audience,’ I don’t think that’s a particularly healthy way to try to make a film or a television show.”
Superman purists were most perturbed by the scene in which Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel killed general Zod by snapping his neck. Goyer revealed there was an alternate ending where the villain was actually spared, but he felt it wasn’t in-keeping with the tone of the film and the story they were trying to tell.
“The idea was that Superman would – there was one of those sort of cryopods on the ship that ends up becoming the Fortress of Solitude that he’s able to put Zod back into and then throw out into space,” said Goyer.
“We did talk about it and maybe some people would’ve been happier with that. But it felt like a cop out for the story that we were telling.”