That's fine but this was a movie that was independent from the comics. Nothing in the movie before or after the incident occurs suggests that Clark doesn't understand or respect the sanctity of life. If you had watched the movie, you would know that Clark was profoundly effected by the magnitude of his decision and he didn't simply stand up, wash his hand, and whistle a tune as he skipped away.
You're right, Clark could
have broken Zod's arms and legs first. I said that there were probably other options available. However, does that guarantee that Zod won't still obliterate a family with his heat vision first? You don't need arms and legs to incinerate somebody with heat vision
You don't need to resort to murder to poke out the eyes
of somebody with heat vision.
In your opinion.
And in your opinion, it does. Neither of us should really need to spell this out.
The Superman depicted in Man of Steel was never meant to be an example of any one type of Superman, it is its own beast entirely.
This is going out to the public as representative of the true Superman. It is meant to be an example.
Famous last words..."Murder, mayhem, and destruction are not things that the average person would readily consider, but if you listen to the average fallen hero, jaded soldier or brutal knight, he'll tell you that it gets easier with time. After that first act of destruction, it becomes easier to stand doing it again, and eventually it becomes second nature. Heck, you may even forget why you braced yourself to do it in the first place."
Just because he killed one guy, doesn't mean he is going to go around killing villains left or right.
If this "Superman" can justify doing it this time, he can more easily justify doing it the next time some supposedly unbeatable foe rears its head, in the next movie. And even more so the next time, and the next. And if he doesn't, both the people he protects and the viewers have every right to ask what's stopping him this time. That's why he shouldn't have walked through that door in the first place.
Let's face it, the makers of this movie were shooting for a Darker and Edgier Man of Steel. Like I said, the interviews were all over this take on Superman being "NOT your father's Superman!!
" So I wasn't at all surprised to hear what he does in this movie. Just extremely disappointed.