"You are weak, Son of El, unsure of yourself. The fact that you possess a sense of morality, and we do not, gives us an evolutionary advantage. And if history has proven anything...
It is that evolution always wins."
The storyline was meh...the action was WOAH!!!...but the deciding factor was this quote. This barely coherent, shoehorned, sycophantic speech by Faora destroyed this movie for me. Although the words were heard by my ears, it was my stomach that reacted with the nausea of being on a merry go round after drinking a gallon of Jagermeister. Here are the reasons this vomit inducing quote did more harm to the " Man of Steel" than a Kryptonite enema
1- Technically Superman should be Championing Evolution
Spoiler Alert: The movie goes into detail of how each Kryptonian is engineered synthetically for certain positions necessary for their society (I.E they engineer a crop of baby soldiers for their army, baby scientist for their research, and baby cops for there bacon stock).
Out of all this neat and tidy production of a useful civilian inventory baby Kal-el is born of Natural birth. This is the first natural birth in Hundreds of years. You all know the story from here. Krypton blows up.. Kal gets sent to earth.. Soaks up some sun.. Develops powers.. and Masters them. lives amongst Humans,
So in other words, when I think of how the movie depicts Kal-el being basically a product of natural procreation through what I assume to be some kind of mutation ( kryptonians were sterile ) and adapting to his environment social and physically, It almost seems like character is a love letter to Darwin.
As for Faora... Wasn't she the one that was engineered by intelligent hands to serve a purpose chosen by those aforementioned "intelligent hands". In other words, wasn't she the one that was created.
2- It is an Embarrassingly Clumsy Ode to Christianity that is more Offensive than Flattering
Some of you may not know this but this movie was heavily marketed to Christian Religious groups. If you missed it, it don't feel bad the movie approaches with masterful subtlety.
The kind of subtlety you would find from picture of a cat riding a fire breathing unicorn in the middle of a superman forum posting. Faora's quote is the horn on the unicorn. Although the movie has many moments where there "seems" to be Christian undertone....
...That quote is golden phallic apex atop a mythical white stallion protruding upwards to new heights of Christian peddling... Believe it or not I consider myself a Christian and that line, when seen in the context of the story, makes no sense. Yet, it was written into dutifully into the dialogue.
It's almost like there was a checklist.
- Superman floats in crucifix - Check.
- Superman next to stain glass windows- Check....
- Oh and Evolution speech by villains to make it clear this movie is aligned with the idea that evolution and morality cannot coexist...wait that makes no sense...ah screw do it any ways All Christians hate evolution ...They'll eat it up!!!
you see what I mean? Offensive right
3- It reduces the antagonists to the level of Saturday morning mustache twirling villain.
This is just my opinion I find the concept of character/ characters being driven by clear motives to be engaging. The more relatable the motive the more engaging the character becomes. Relatable motives can run the spectrum from greed, to love,to survival, to horniness.
Zod and his Kryptonian's seem to be faced with quite a dilemma: Conquest vs Extinction. Naturally they chose Conquest. Ok ...Ok ... Perhaps peacefully assimilating to earth and the known to be peaceful humans was an option (eye roll)... but lets just say they didn't think that cohabiting a planet where 6 billion hairless apes that have history making things extinct was a wise move when their population was reduced to barely over a handful already.
So given those circumstances, do you think the Kryptonians thought that they themselves were evil? My thoughts are no, they did not. They were merely taking the steps they thought was necessary to ensure there survival.
Not only is she straight up stating that Kryptonians have no morals, Faora's speech denotes a disdain for morality. Faora might as be twirling a mustache while saying "how good it is to be amoral/evil !!" and tying superman to railroad tracks.
...And That's my final reason for not liking this quote it makes the villains paper thin.
Anyways am I alone on this? Am I overreacting to this quote?...Ah what the hell do I know.