Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada, made an appearance on Kevin Smith’s Fat Man on Batman to talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier and while he was on the topic of movies, he shared his thoughts on Man of Steel. Quesada didn’t hold back on just how much he didn’t like the movie and the reason all comes down to its treatment of Zod:
“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?’””
He also noted that they could have written around the potential problem of Zod coming back to destroy Earth:
“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.”
Clearly, Man of Steel was a polarizing movie. Whether you liked it or hated it, what do you make of Quesada’s complaint?