Metropolis Is Cool With All That Super-Murder In Batman V. Superman

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Apparently the folks of Metropolis are super forgiving of Superman's murder spree in Man of Steel. Because this spoilery picture from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice just revealed something huge.

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Thanks to Bananadoc over at Batman News, we've got a look at a giant Superman statue that is being built in (what we're assuming is) Metropolis. Looks like he has his hand extended in a caregiver kind of manner. Or maybe he's getting ready to push over another building that will result in the death of more Metropolis citizens—seriously, HOW IS THIS OK? Forget the fact that no one knew who Superman was until he showed up and started alien brawling with his alien pal Zod, the destruction this guy inflicted was monstrous. Why are they BUILDING HIM A STATUE?

As far as Earth knows, an alien showed up looking for another alien, and the first alien started killing people and the second alien stopped the first alien but also killed a lot of people, but OK let's give him a statue.

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The most shallow and unearned moment in the film: While the first orgy of mass destruction is going on, with Superman on literally the exact opposite side of the planet, the Army and Professor Hamilton sacrifice their lives to destroy Zod's weapon thingy. In the process, Lois Lane falls out of the plane. Then, Superman shows up, catches Lois, and sets her on the ground. Whereupon Perry White's assistant Jenny gazes at him in wonder and says "He saved us!"

What reason does she have to say that? Okay, yes, Superman played a role in saving the world by knocking out the other part of the weapon, but Jenny has no way of knowing that, since she's a civilian and hasn't been briefed on the plan. All she knows is that the guy in the cape was nowhere to be seen while the whole city was collapsing and millions were dying, and then he shows up to save just one person. If anything, her reaction should be "Where the hell were you twenty minutes ago?!"

Although let's be fair to Superman. The real culprits for all the casualties in his battle with Zod were the building contractors, who obviously built the city from shoddy materials. I mean, I don't care how much superstrength was used, if you hurl something the size and mass of an adult humanoid male into the side of a building, the whole building is not going to instantly fall down like a house of cards. It'll just get a hole punched in the side. It would take more widespread structural damage to cause it to collapse. So it seems that whoever was responsible for building all those skyscrapers — probably Lexcorp, I shouldn't wonder — cut all sorts of corners on the materials and construction techniques. Somebody's in for a whole slew of lawsuits and probably criminal charges.

Still, that doesn't let Superman off the hook, because the first thing he should've done was take the fight somewhere else.