Warning, this article will contain spoilers for Man Of Steel. Man Of Steel has proven to be the most controversial comic book movie since…well, since Iron Man 3 earlier this summer. In an effort to tell a Superman story set in the real world, Man Of Steel writer David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder created a movie that deals with real life situations and consequences.
Instead of a movie where everyone magically survives a cataclysmic fight scene, there is rampant destruction and presumable massive loss of life in Man Of Steel. In fact, Superman himself even directly causes at least one death by snapping Zod’s neck.
Ever since the Man Of Steel premiered in theaters earlier this month, celebrities, creators, critics and fans have been debating Superman’s actions in Man Of Steel. In many of the debates, Christopher Reeve’s name has been invoked by those both arguing in favor of and against the controversial scene where Superman kills Zod. While some claim that Christopher Reeve’s Superman would never kill, others point to Superman apparently killing Zod in Superman II.
Unfortunately, since Christopher Reeve passed away over eight years ago, he has been unable to weigh in on the controversy personally. However, through the wonders of the Internet, an old Christopher Reeve interview has been making the rounds on social media, and it gives some insight on what Reeve might have thought about the Man Of Steel controversy.
In an interview promoting Superman IV, Christopher Reeve described Superman as being different from the other action heroes of his era, many who often used guns and killed people. Christopher Reeve said, “The reason that I would want to do something like Superman IV is to offer up for children in America and everywhere else as a fun entertainment, which has an actual character at the center of it. That has a character who’s caring, who loves people, who’s considerate, who’s a gentleman as a possible antidote to the Rambos and the Chuck Norrises and the Schwarzeneggers.”
When the interviewer brought up that Superman is safe and positive, Christopher Reeve added, “Do you know that in a Superman film not one person dies? Not one person dies. Perhaps, somebody in part one, but not thereafter. In part four, nobody dies. And if you can have a big screen entertainment with something like that, that’s very rare today. I mean look at what else is out there.”