Until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally arrives in theaters next March, Superman’s polarizing actions at the end of Man of Steel will continue to be the subject of much debate: Did he have to kill General Zod, and how does that act betray the superhero’s mythos?
The latest on that seemingly endless list of superhero deep-thinkers is Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar, who wrote an essay on GamesRadar explaining why the finale of Zack Snyder’s Superman film “traumatized” him into writing his latest work, Huck.
After being excited and encouraged by Hollywood finally taking superheroes seriously, even if that led them down darker paths, Millar was shocked by what he saw at the end of Man of Steel. “But Summer 2013 as I sat there on Father’s Day and saw Superman beating the bad guy by twisting his neck so hard he broke it and murdered him I really wondered if we’d come to the end of that particular road,” Millar wrote.
Millar, who clarifies that he understands the logic of the scene and that he is a fan of both Zack Snyder’s work and Henry Cavill’s performance, was bothered because it went against the very nature of what a superhero, particularly Superman, should be in his view.
“This was Superman. This was like seeing Sylvester the Cat finally getting his hands on Speedy Gonzales. Elmer Fudd blowing away Bugs Bunny,” he said. “I loved Superman as a kid not because of his edginess or his potential for a fatal solution, but because he could do anything he wanted and still chose to be nice.”
Other comic book writers like Mark Waid have weighed in on the ending before, but the film’s screenwriter David S. Goyer recently defended the ending, saying “This was a Superman who had only been Superman for like a week. He wasn’t Superman as we think of him in the DC Comics… he’d only flown for the first time a few days before that.”
“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 consequence,” Snyder told EW earlier this year when discussing the criticisms against the film and how he believes Batman v Superman addresses them.
Read Millar’s full comments, which segue into a pitch for his latest comics creation Huck as the antidote to those bothered by the grim, antithetical nature to the hope and kindness he says he believes comic book characters are meant to extol, on GamesRadar.