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Zack Snyder explains why he wanted mass deaths in Man of Steel

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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.

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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.

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

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thekeith82
thekeith82

So... 9/11?

America, I love you to bits, but you really do need to get the fuck over yourself.

[edit] I'm gonna type more on that, in a moment, because I feel like a giant asshole for putting that up out of context. Just so you know more is coming before you jump on me

9/11 was tragic, and a horrible loss of life for basically no reason at all. I mean no offense or disrespect to anyone who was affected by it.

But as a nation, it has allowed you to create a mythology of victimhood based on a single tragedy. This is a narrative that suits you well. You are the center of the western world, and the things people discuss about society revolve around you. You are important. I get that. But for the last decade, that event has allowed you to set the agenda in so many ways, and cinema is at the forefront of that

Cloverfield, I got. The Godzilla movies that inspired it came from the same place. That fear. Cloverfield made a lot of sense, and it was an amazing movie. It spoke to truth. But a Superman movie that comes from the same place does not. Even if you strip out everything else about the character, Superman, as an American icon, does not suit victimhood.

There have been, and will be a lot of movies that have a lot of worthwhile things to say about 9/11. A Superman movie coming from that place just feels like bullshit. Many superheroes do, in the wake of that, but you can't base him in that tragedy. You can't. It's just not who he is.

To sum up, you can't just invoke the specter of tragedy to justify anything (whoo, politics)