One of the biggest controversies in Man Of Steel was the massive destruction which took place in Metropolis as Superman and General Zod knocked down buildings during their battle. In a Man Of Steel Live Fan Event, Kevin Smith put the question of how many people died in those buildings to Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder.
“Probably 5,000 people or something like that,” said Snyder. “I mean I imagine. That’s a horrible thing to say. You don’t want to put numbers on it. But you had to imagine that there were people in these buildings and we did. And I’ve got to say that for me that was part of it. We were like, ‘No, there’s real consequences.’”
Synder added, “We’re use to seeing all these superhero movies and all this [destruction]. And not to compare but if you look at Avengers, they like trashed New York City, and no one even mentions the fact that there’s thousands of people dying in there. And I feel for me that’s why it’s heavy at the end of it.There’s like sadness to the end of the movie. It’s not just fun to crash around in a city. There’s a human price. And I think that’s the thing that weighs on Superman.”
Zack Snyder is currently working on the Man Of Steel follow-up. Batman Vs. Superman is scheduled to be released in movie theaters on July 17, 2015.