To celebrate Superman’s 75th anniversary, DC and Warner Bros. put on a huge panel at last weekend’s 2013 New York Comi-Con which included the legendary DC animated producer Bruce Timm. Unsurprisingly, the fans wanted to know what Timm thought about some of the more controversial elements to Man of Steel. **WARNING, in case you haven’t seen Man of Steel yet, there are spoilers ahead.**
He said the when he first saw the script he knew the ending was going to be controversial but he didn’t expect it to spark so much fan outrage. To my surprise he said “I don’t really have a problem with it. I actually thought it worked.” He further shocked me by stating “I understand that Superman has to have that no killing policy, even though I think it’s outdated.”
Of all the things I expected Timm to say about the Man of Steel ending, this would’ve probably been at just about the bottom of the list for a number of reasons. The biggest one for me was his belief of Superman’s “outdated” no killing rule. Not only is this one of Superman’s most important character traits, but it has also been a major plot point in several (Timm produced) episodes of the animated Superman and Justice League series; not to mention producing the animated film Superman vs. The Elite (which by the way was released just last year) whose entire message revolved showing why Superman deciding to kill criminals wouldn’t work. As much I love his work, I feel like he’s sending me some mixed messages here.
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Source: Comic Book Movie