Christopher Nolan Initially Disagreed On ‘Man Of Steel’ Ending

If you haven’t seen Man Of Steel yet, you may want to stop reading right about here. Man of Steel is giving a lot of people to talk about past the obvious argument of whether or not it was good. While critics seem to be split on that, the film’s director Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch) was confident with his direction all the way through. So much that he decided to break a significant rule in the DC Comics world, and that is, Superman never kills.

This Man Of Steel has been described as not your mom and dad’s Superman, and the reason being is that he’s simply not the same Superman. He’s a good one, but he’s not a call back to any of the other versions. One significant moment that alludes to this is when Superman kills General Zod.

A few people weren’t on board with this ending, as it seems to be the go-to flaw that everyone points out in the script. One big player in the film’s production also didn’t agree with the ending, and that was Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy). Nolan, who seems to really have the midas touch in the superhuman world did not initially agree with the Man of Steel killing General Zod. In a recent podcast Snyder admitted that he had to convince producer Nolan that this was the ending meant to be seen on screen.

Surprisingly it was a push by DC Comics that spurred on the vision to make it the big screen. Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer elaborated on the hard decision: “[Chris] originally said, ‘There’s no way you can do this. I came up with this idea of heat vision and these people about to die, and I wrote the scene, gave it to Chris, and he said, ‘Okay you’ve convinced me.’ “


Although in the end Christopher Nolan came around, someone else from the Superman world didn’t see eye to eye with Snyder’s vision. Comics writer Mark Waid (Superman: Birthright) was absolutely enraged by the Man of Steel surprise. In his own review, Waid wrote:

“Some crazy guy in front of us was muttering ‘Don’t do it…don’t do it…DON’T DO IT…’ and then Superman snapped Zod’s neck and that guy stood up and said in a very loud voice, ‘THAT’S IT, YOU LOST ME, I’M OUT,’ and his girlfriend had to literally pull him back into his seat and keep him from walking out and that crazy guy was me.”

What are your thoughts on the new Superman twist?