Take Steve Rogers—arguably the most straight-edged “nice guy”— who runs around wearing the flag of his country punching Nazis in the jaw, and drop him into a modern context. We live in a confusing time, far more confusing then the days when we had Hitler to point at as a pillar of evil….
Good Lord just stop. Superman is not a brooding character. Unlike steve he is not human, he’s an alien from another planet and grew up having to hide his powers because he could literally kill someone if he slipped up. This lead him to be a loner because of his powers. He doesn’t destroy metropolis, Zod does. You would know this if you bothered to pay attention to the film. He doesn’t brutally murder Zod he is left with no choice but to permanently stop the last of his kind. Superman has killed plenty of times in the comics and each time he felt remorse for what he did and he did the same in Man of Steel. Superheroes are hardly ever put into ideal situations, to bitch about Superman being put in a situation where he has to choose between the last of his kind or human life is ridiculous. He doesn’t crash into populated areas because he wants to, he tries to take the fight elsewhere but seeing as how he’s fighting experienced soldiers while he himself has never been in a fight means he’s not in control. The kryptonians beat the crap out of him a lot because they are stronger in the areas of experience, training, and knowledge. He doesn’t mope around the whole film he’s trying to find answers of where he comes from and who he is, something that should not be hard to understand. Superman was raised by humans he is just like us, he’s been said to be the most human of us all by batman. And we as humans have times where we have doubts and times when we fail. He’s not a tragic character he’s an example of someone who has had a hard life and rises above it, that is someone who people can aspire to. There is hope in the movie, since you were too blind when you saw it let me point out a few; first theres Kal himself being sent off into space from a dying world, there’s the battle of smallville where thanks to Kal the kryptonians retreated even though he’s completely outmatched he still manages to force them to leave, and there’s the part where he is being forced down by the world engine, a device that is literally making him weaker the closer he is to it, yet stands up and destroys it. Man of Steel showed that you can overcome things that seem impossible, like Kal fighting the kryptonians despite the fact that they’re stronger, it shows us the inherit good in people when Clark’s bully offers him a helping hand, or when Perry stays with Jenny instead of running from the kryptonian ship, ready to die with her so she doesn’t have to die alone and afraid. Man of Steel doesn’t need to learn anything from winter soldier because it already has it’s own lesson to teach. You on the other hand should learn who Superman is as a character and how to actually tell what makes a movie so amazing.
“I think with Superman we have this opportunity to place this icon within the sort of real world we live in. And I think that, honestly, the thing I was surprised about in response to Superman was how everyone clings to the Christopher Reeve version of Superman, you know? How tightly they cling to those ideas, not really the comic book version but more the movie version… If you really analyze the comic book version of Superman, he’s killed, he’s done all the things– I guess the rules that people associate with Superman in the movie world are not the rules that really apply to him in the comic book world, because those rules are different. He’s done all the things and more that we’ve shown him doing, right? It’s just funny to see people really taking it personally… because I made him real, you know, I made him feel, or made consequences [in] the world. I felt like, it was the same thing in Watchmen. We really wanted to show it wasn’t just like they thought, like the PG-13 version where everyone just gets up and they’re fine. I really wanted to show the violence is real, people get killed or get hurt, and it’s not fun or funny. And I guess for me, it was like I wanted a hero in Superman that was a real hero and sort of reflected the world we live in now…”—Zack Snyder [on Superman killing Zod] (via teenageheartthrobjaymek)
When it was announced that Superman would be facing off against Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, there was a lot of skepticism about including Batman in the film, primarily because it would take attention away from Superman and because it would be rebooting Batman just four…