One complaint that I have seen across the net about the Man of Steel is that people actually died in the movie as well as with what happened at the end.
It's even gone so far as stating "so and so" (no spoilers here) murdered "so and so."
That made me laugh out loud as there is a big difference between murdering someone and killing someone.
You are not murdering someone if someone is trying to kill you or your loved one, or if someone is raping someone. Sorry, not murder. Killing, yes. Murder, no.
The same can apply to "turn the other cheek," but we are not going to get into a philosophical debate here on Cosmic Book News, presently.
However, writer Dave Goyer does tackle the deaths in the Man of Steel (via Bleeding Cool) and basically says that is what would happen if it went down this way in real life.
Note: A slight spoiler follows.
One of the things we were hoping to depict is that Superman is not a god. We say he’s a god-like figure but he’s not omnipotent. Even in the comic books he cannot save everyone. I think people die [in Metropolis]. Clearly hundreds if not thousands of people have died while the gravity machines are going off. There were probably even people who died in Smallville.
Goyer continues, taking a shot at Marvel Studios, and states the DC movies, of which he wrote Batman with Christopher Nolan, are just more real.
When you’re dealing with a threat like this, there will be collateral damage. This is something that hadn’t been depicted in comic book films is what it would be like if these powerful figures did clash, if The Hulk and Thor fought, people would probably die. Particularly in this case where Zod and the Kryptonians really don’t care if people die. I think people died and I’m sure that upsets some people.
And, specifically on Marvel:
I love the Marvel films and they definitely have a certain tonality and continuity but the way Chris, Zack and I have evolved our take… now, the DC characters are older than the Marvel characters and ironically, the Marvel characters were created in the 60s and originally they were meant to be more realistic, and more relatable. The thing that Stan Lee and [Jack] Kirby and [Steve] Ditko did, all these characters were people that you could identify with, that had human problems.
Now, with the Batman films and the Superman films, the DC films that are being made, seem to exist in a more realistic world than the Marvel films. They’ve flipped.
Man of Steel is currently in theaters with talk of Goyer and Snyder attached to the sequel.