Man Of Steel was not the most awesome Superman film, in our opinion.
While we enjoyed the super-punchouts between General Zod and Superman near the end of the film, we didn’t like what we thought was a mischaracterization of Supes – his seemingly wanton disregard of life and property, culminating with the death of General Zod by his own hands.
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This is addressed in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which takes the destruction of Metropolis into account. In fact, it’s the opening sequence of the new film (as seen in the recent Comic Con trailer):
In the latest Batman v Superman-centric issue of Total Film, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill – who play Batman and Superman, respectively – shed more insight into why Batman is so pissed off at Superman.
What happens there is one of Bruce’s buildings gets destroyed and he’s trying to save all the people inside the building and he can’t. So he is this angry person who fears what Superman may do. Why are they just going to trust this super-powered alien? What if he does decide to turn against us?
This will lead to Bruce Wayne becoming obsessive in his anger toward Superman, as Affleck says:
He’s found himself in a place of harboring a tremendous amount of rage for Superman. So it’s how he got there, and what that’s done to him, and what that’s done to people around him like Alfred, who are, I think, very scared and worried for him. It’s something that’s interesting and new.
Batman being concerned about Superman “going rogue” one day has been an important factor in their relationship. This has been explored in the comics many times over, whether it’s about Superman trusting Batman with a kryptonite bullet or Batman preparing contingency plans. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the film – which seems to be charting its own direction inspired, but not necessarily informed, by the comics; an approach pioneered by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
All we are hoping for is that Ben Affleck better not screw up Batman like he did Daredevil.