Friday Night Fights: Wright - Round 5: Special "David Goyer Is An Idiot" Edition!
"We were pretty sure that was going to be controversial," Goyer said. "It's not like we were deluding ourselves, and we weren't just doing it to be cool. We felt, in the case of Zod, we wanted to put the character in an impossible situation and make an impossible choice.
"This is one area, and I've written comic books as well and this is where I disagree with some of my fellow comic book writers - 'Superman doesn't kill'. It's a rule that exists outside of the narrative and I just don't believe in rules like that. I believe when you're writing film or television, you can't rely on a crutch or rule that exists outside of the narrative of the film."
"Outside the narrative of the film"? David, this movie introduced us to Clark Kent's parents, his school, and even his CHURCH. And judging by the art on the stainglass windows shown for that aforementioned church, it's the one with the list of 10 Commandments, one of which SPECIFICALLY STATES "THOU SHALT NOT KILL". I'd say that "no-killing" code is pretty damn self-explanatory.
"Also our movie was in a way Superman Begins, he's not really Superman until the end of the film. We wanted him to have had that experience of having taken a life and carry that through onto the next films. Because he's Superman and because people idolise him he will have to hold himself to a higher standard."
But...but...but...Superman not killing is an outside-the-narrative crutch, y'all!
Oh, and did he also mention a "mound of skulls"? How prophetic, Mr. Busiek!
Now that is multitasking!
Tonight's lesson? Not killing your opponents actually makes you a smarter, better hero. And that's one to grow on!
Maybe WB should be consulting Busiek on the MoS sequel instead of Frank Miller. Just sayin'.
Tonight's fight has music to hurt your alternate self by, courtesy of the Greg Kihn Band.
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