‘Chronicle’ Writer Max Landis Rants About ‘Man of Steel’

By June 24, 2013

Man of Steel has become one of the most divisive blockbusters in recent memory, inciting conversations and arguments about the film’s controversial ending – in which (spoiler alert) Superman and Zod essentially destroy Metropolis in an epic battle scene – and whether that level of destruction accurately reflects something that Superman would allow to happen.

Defenders say that the fight had to happen because if it didn’t, Zod certainly would have destroyed the entire world, so one city is the price we had to pay. Those who didn’t like the way the movie ended will tell you that Superman would never allow that kind of thing to happen under any circumstances. Max Landis, the screenwriter of last year’s superhero film Chronicle, gave an impassioned nine minute rant (via FilmDrunk) about Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and superhero movies in general that’s absolutely worth watching:

While his “holier than thou” attitude seems to shine through a little too much for my taste here, Landis actually makes a ton of great points. He truly understands the essence of the character of Superman, and the reason he means so much to people. Because Superman is such a personal character for fans, Man of Steel is generating this much discussion; hopefully, people can sift through the sometimes condescending tone and understand the core issues Landis brings up here. Many superhero movies would be better off if they applied this much thought to their screenplays.

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  • Raiden

    To be fair, Superman as a character was still developing. He hadn’t been superman for more than a day when Zod arrived. He hadn’t learned the ropes yet