The ending of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has been heavily criticized for the sheer amount of destruction, something that fans have noted is out of character for Superman. Now, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Snyder has defended the destruction of Metropolis, and confirmed a theory that we’ve long entertained.

In the interview, Snyder explains that the violence has a purpose, and that there will be consequences for Superman:

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 consequences.

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The destruction of Metropolis is something that will figure into the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it will certainly inform Bruce Wayne’s impressions of Superman when the pair meet up, according to Ben Affleck:

One of the things I liked was Zack’s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings. And in fact, one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne’s building so he knew people who died in that Black Zero event.

This certainly puts Affleck’s Batman into a bit more context, an it looks like it will frame the tone of the upcoming sequel film.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open in theaters on March 25, 2016.

[EW]