Henry Cavill Comments On The Destruction Of Metropolis In ‘Man of Steel’

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The destruction of Metropolis during Superman’s and General Zod’s climatic fight in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has received plenty of criticism from critics and fans alike ever since the movie opened in theaters, and remains a controversial topic among fans of the character to this day, especially now with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looming.

However, the showdown between the two characters didn’t just cause devastation on a big chunk of Metropolis, as it also left a whole lot of innocent people dead. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Henry Cavill was asked about how that has affected Superman. Here’s what the actor had to say:

“I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a survivor’s guilt. I mean, that’s a different kind of thing because he’s above the threat. I think the most difficult thing for him at this stage of the story is that he has just come to terms with the fact that he is really, really quite powerful and he hasn’t found any major vulnerabilities yet, and despite this, despite the enormous power that he has, he still cannot do everything, and he really struggles with that. It’s not just a quick, “Okay, I get it. I can’t save everyone.” That takes a long time to work out.”

Despite the controversy surrounding the events of Man of Steel, Superman will have to face the consequences of the Black Zero Event in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s also the reason why the Caped Crusader decides to take down Superman, so it’s safe to say that it plays an important part in the movie. Cavill himself seems to think that Snyder always intended to address the destruction in the follow-up:

“I think that may have been part of the master plan all along. When it comes to the major story stuff I can’t really speak on that, because that was above my paygrade. What I can speak of is the idea of Superman, especially when the finger is pointed at collateral damage in the first movie. I mean, we’re talking about a greenhorn.”

For more comments from Cavill, click right here. What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to seeing how this will all play out in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • Larry

    It’s conjecture to say that Snyder always planned to address the mass destruction in MoS. Perhaps -but we’ll never know. All that is fact is that MoS was planned as a reboot -not the start of a cinematic universe. It was the success of The Avengers that made the WB sit up and listen that shared universe films can be successful. So if the collateral damage of MoS was going to be addressed in Superman’s sequel or Snyder is listening to the criticism -we won’t truly ever know.. BvS isn’t a typical MoS sequel -it was planned hastily to kick-start a new cinematic universe so IMHO it was only after the backlash that Snyder used it as a basis to connect MoS to the bigger universe he was creating.

    • You keep saying thrown together and hastily, yet Batman v Superman is almost 3 years after Man of Steel. Jobs have been created to create a sort of Kevin Feige type role, DC Editor Geoff Johns is also overseeing elements and an academy award winning writer has come in to clean up the mess of David Goyer. You point out all the faults in the beginning, but don’t mention the corrections and improvements since things have come together.

      I can’t for the life of me understand why there are so many people who want this movie to fail, simply because they like Marvel more. If you’re a comic book fan, why can’t you just enjoy ALL COMIC BOOK MOVIES? This is Pepsi vs Coke, Microsoft vs Apple, let the companies duke it out, we are the consumers, we are the winners and we shouldn’t be picking sides, but instead banding together to enjoy the golden age of comic book films.

    • messi kobor

      No they put the name of Wayne enterprise in mos, so it’s planned before mos was even made

    • breakerbaker

      The movie includes a satellite with the Wayne Enterprises logo on it. To say that it wasn’t intended as the beginning of a larger cinematic universe really isn’t true. What is fair to say is that they weren’t exactly certain of the next immediate step in the process, but DC has had ambitions of a connected universe for some time.

      Indeed, Green Lantern was intended as the start of a broader cinematic universe, and it was that movie which seemed designed specifically to match Marvel step for step (including a post-credit sequence).

    • Justin Lynn

      MoS came out a year after the Avengers. It was still filming when Avengers came out. It was always meant to be the start of a cinematic Universe.

  • Carl

    Why do they call it the Black Zero Event? Is that specific to the movie or a term used elsewhere?

    • Michael

      It’s named after Zod’s ship, the Black Zero.

  • H.I McDunnough

    As a die-hard Superman fan I have issues with MOS, but in all honesty…..I love it. The opening sequence is something I waited my whole life so see done correctly and it didn’t disappoint.