Zack Snyder's Man of Steel wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be, but it still managed to keep me entertained. There was a lot that I didn't like about the movie. My main gripe is how choppy the storytelling was — it didn't seem to flow very smoothly. Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has some bigger issues with it, though, and recently slammed the movie in an interview with ComicBook.com, saying that it actually had him rooting for the villain, Zod. We all know that's not what Snyder was going for, but Quesada does make some good points. Here's what he said:
"As a comic book fan, I wanted to love that movie so much. I wanted to love it so much, and I didn’t love it so much. Again, there are little things here and there that you could pick at and things like that, but I just think at the end of the day, Zod was the hero of the movie to me… He wanted to save his race, and Superman didn’t let him.
"Zod, in this particular incarnation, struck me as not necessarily an evil man, but a man of… he had a particular… he had his orders, he had a mission. He was a zealot of sorts, but he was a zealot… again, correct me if I’m wrong… but he didn’t say, ‘I want to rebuild Krypton, and then come back and destroy this little planet. All I want is to rebuild this planet. And the only reason I’m blowing everything to bits here is because you’ve got what I want, and you’re not giving it to me. So please, give me my people, and I’ll leave.’… When Superman said Krypton had its chance, I was like, ‘Will you just f***ing kill him, Zod?’"
Yes, I know Zod was planning to destroy Earth regardless of whether or not Superman gave him what he wanted, but Quesada believes that there could have been a better solution, something that didn't involve Superman abandoning his own race. He went on to explain:
“You probably could have written a way around it. You could have had a better solution if you had written a better problem. So I see things like that, and I’m like, ‘Aww, man.’ It was one of some things in the movie, that I just ended up feeling disappointed in it.”
Do you agree with Quesada's point of view? Are there any other story options that you can think of that wouldn't end with Zod destroying Earth?