Goyer, who is also penning the Man of Steel follow-up, recently spoke about the climactic scene in the first film that saw Superman kill General Zod in order to prevent him from taking more innocent lives.
"We were pretty sure that was going to be controversial," Goyer said at the BATFA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture, according to Digital Spy. "It's not like we were deluding ourselves, and we weren't just doing it to be cool. We felt, in the case of Zod, we wanted to put the character in an impossible situation and make an impossible choice."
Goyer adds that Man of Steel was "in a way Superman Begins" in that the character as we traditionally know him doesn't show up until the final moments of the movie.
"He's not really Superman until the end of the film," the writer continues. "We wanted him to have had that experience of having taken a life and carry that through onto the next films. Because he's Superman and because people idolise him he will have to hold himself to a higher standard."
Of course, the next film will feature Ben Affleck as Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Kal-El. And since the Dark Knight traditionally has a "no kill" rule, this could lead to an interesting debate between the two heroes. Though Superman (generally speaking) has had that same rule… before snapping the good general's neck in Man of Steel.
"This is one area, and I've written comic books as well and this is where I disagree with some of my fellow comic book writers -- 'Superman doesn't kill,'" says Goyer. "It's a rule that exists outside of the narrative and I just don't believe in rules like that. I believe when you're writing film or television, you can't rely on a crutch or rule that exists outside of the narrative of the film. … So the situation was, Zod says 'I'm not going to stop until you kill me or I kill you.' The reality is no prison on the planet could hold him and in our film Superman can't fly to the moon, and we didn't want to come up with that crutch."
So they had him kill Zod. But wait… the Man of Steel Superman can't fly to the moon? Why not?
Source : ign[dot]com