Superman never kills, it is a golden rule that many fans’ believe defines the superhero. Henry Cavill has finally come up with an answer to the question why Superman killed General Zod (Michael Shannon) in Zack Snyder’s 2013 released Man of Steel.
Man of Steel faired decently at the worldwide box office, but the film did receive quite a lot of criticism from fans when Henry Cavill’s incarnation of the superhero broke his golden rule during the climax of the movie when he snapped Zod’s neck.
During a recent interview with Square Mile, Cavill explained how Superman’s killing of Zod intended to act as a catalyst for why the superhero adopted the rule in the first place. He believes that a sequel film, much likely Man of Steel 2, would’ve better explained why Superman killed Zod.
“The killing of Zod would have led to a wonderful reason why Superman never kills,” Cavill said. “Not, he never kills just because his dad said so one day. He made the decision himself because of an impossible scenario, to which he then said, ‘I don’t care if it’s impossible again, I’m gonna find a way to make it possible in the impossible.'”
Cavill expressed his disappointment over the fact that they never got a chance to show a brighter side of the character in the planned direct sequels.
“We didn’t get the opportunity to show the other side of it, the ‘I’m ready to be Superman now and I’m ready to show the world the best examples’,” the Superman actor said. “That’s where the joy and glee come from, and that sense of warmth from the character, which is his real superpower – he makes people believe in themselves. It was a shame because it would’ve been nice, and it would have been a lovely coupling with the seriousness and the depth of Man of Steel.”
Cavill also revealed that Superman: For Tomorrow is one of his favorite comic books and that he would definitely like to see the story arc being adapted into a film in future. Notably, the future of Man of Steel 2 still remains bleak.
Recently, during Mission: Impossible – Fallout promotions, Fandango journalist Erik Davis asked Cavill when fans can expect to see another Superman movie, preferably indicating to Man of Steel 2, to which the actor jokingly responded saying, “It’s highly likely we will see another Superman movie somewhere between 2019 and 2045.”
Source: Square Mile
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