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Why did so many people have to die in the climax of Man of Steel? Even in a summer full of disaster porn and murder porn, the Superman reboot stands out in its bloodthirstiness. But now at last, director Zack Snyder is explaining: the deaths are necessary to make it connect to myths and legends.


Snyder, who's in Japan promoting the film's imminent release there, told the Japan Times:

I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence. In America, we don’t have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman (who first appeared in ‘Action Comics’ in 1938) is probably the closest we get. It’s a way of recounting the myth.


So there you go. It's the closest equivalent we have to all that "eating your own babies" stuff, basically. [via]

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