#2 What was the world’s reaction to the events of Man of Steel?
As I mentioned previously, some big stuff went down in Man of Steel and left many craters where buildings previously were. We get a small taste at the end of the film when Superman confronts General Swanwick, but there’s no indication about what the world, the city, or the people think of Superman at this point. Not even a news bulletin or a framed paper with a giant headline explaining how the world feels after almost being totally destroyed. Though the ending would suggest that everything is back to normal and everyone has forgotten about it all (they’ve started professional sports back up after all).
The filmmakers really need to show how everyone feels about Superman in the sequel, and they know this. David Goyer previously said in an interview: “Zack and I have had conversations… but there would be a cause and effect. And that would extend to the collateral damage that happened, and to what other countries feel about the fact Superman calls America his home. Man of Steel doesn’t exist in a vacuum.”
So, does everyone automatically hate him because of the destruction? If so, that certainly makes it easier for them to root for Batman, Lex Luthor, or whomever he may be fighting. Now if the world already hates him at the start, you should show them grow to love and accept him by the end of the film. Can you do that without making Batman the bad guy? People don’t want to root against Batman, but this is allegedly Superman’s movie so he has to be the hero. Or does the world love Superman? Do they see what he did in Man of Steel as the right thing and their savior? This makes it easier for Luthor to detest him, and potentially Batman since people could see him as a “human copy cat” of Superman. I worry that this sequel is setting itself up to once again cannibalize the building of supporting characters to just focus on the main players.
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