In trailers and TV spots for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel, fans can get a glimpse of a twister tearing through Kansas–and Clark Kent being forced into action to save people in its path.
With the real-life tragedies in Oklahoma last month, though, there had been some assuming that the scene would be removed out of respect for the victims of tornadoes. Warner Bros., however, says no.
“He’s changed by those events,” Snyder told The Associated Press. “If anything, we feel like our Superman has a connection — not to make light of it — to the kind of grief that happens during those kinds of natural disasters. Also, in a sad way, even Superman can’t change that.”
A massive tornado struck outside of Oklahoma City on May 20, killing twenty-four people. Dozens more were injured or killed during that and a flurry of smaller, follow-up storms, including the stars of the Discovery Network series Storm Chasers.
“It’s a terrible tragedy, mother nature doing its thing,” said Henry Cavill. “I hope that everyone who can salvage things can salvage things, grieve if they need to grieve, move on from stuff and repair and rebuild, if they have the opportunity. I can’t even imagine what it’s like.”
Following September 11, a number of films were either pulled from theaters or had their releases significantly delayed due to depictions of terrorism or other violent themes–the oddest being Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, in which an incompetent wildlife marshal mistakes the title characters for environmental terrorists and refers to them as such. A film adaptation of Dave Barry’s Big Trouble and an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie were delayed for months and received almost no promotion when they finally hit theaters.
Last year, Warner Bros. pulled trailers for Gangster Squad, which debuted in front of prints of The Dark Knight Rises, when a sequence in the movie eerily mirrored the theater shootings in the Batman sequel. The film was sent back to be reworked and released later than expected.