Mark Millar Says Zack Snyder’s ‘Man Of Steel’ Is Too Violent
Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 12:24 pm
We all have our qualms about the final fight scene between Superman (Henry Cavill) and General Zod (Michael Shannon) in Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel. Some of us may like it, but the majority feels that it strayed too far away from what Superman stands for. Even the level of destruction that Metropolis went through seemed a bit over the top. Regardless if you think Supes killing Zod is okay, or that DC’s major city laid in ruins, like it or not, these events have helped shape the DCCU.
Now, one of comic books most infamous writers has come out to criticize Superman’s most recent origins story. Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) has admitted that he isn’t a fan of Man of Steel, and has compared the film to Sylvester The Cat catching Speedy Gonzales. More on the story below.
Though it may sound a bit hypocritical of a guy behind ultra-violent comics like Kick-Ass or Kingsman: The Secret Service to speak out against the violence seen in Man of Steel, the writer admits that some of these new films, not just DC overall, have gotten too dark and too edgy. Here’s what he told GameRadar:
You see, I love cartoonish ultra-violence as much as the next Glaswegian, but at the same time I also feel we need a little balance. In amongst all these very dark, angst-ridden and sometimes very serious superhero movies that have made Hollywood a lot of money over the last fifteen years I’m sensing a need for a little hope too, a little LESS super-cool bad-assery. This really hit me hardest, I think, when I was watching Henry Cavill’s turn as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel a couple of years back.
So he was severally disappointed on how Man of Steel turned out. That being said, Christopher Nolan laid down the foundation for these so-called dark films with his Dark Knight trilogy, and was a producer on Man Of Steel. Now Zack Snyder is going to carry on those themes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and maybe Patty Jenkins and James Wan with their DCCU films as well.
We all know that Marvel Studios releases films with some glimmers of hope, and that DC is just the polar opposite of that. You can get the overall tone of which studio film is going just by looking at some of the trailers. But Man of Steel sets a precedence since it is the Iron Man of DC films in terms of being the first film to set up the cinematic universe as a whole. And while that is exciting, Millar is still not a fan of Man of Steel,
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. Now I got the logic of that scene and it absolutely made sense within the context of the movie as the villain had taken down half of Metropolis and killed hundreds of thousands of people. But even so. This was Superman. This was like seeing Sylvester the Cat finally getting his hands on Speedy Gonzales. Elmer Fudd blowing away Bugs Bunny. 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.
We’ve all heard the arguments, none of which will change Man of Steel or even the upcoming Batman v Superman. But it does make for healthy conversation and film debates. And who knows, maybe the DCCU might get a little sunny in the future, and the citizens of the DCCU might feel a little more hopeful. For now, it’s just one giant dark moody cloud that hangs over there.