MAN OF STEEL's Zod Problem! [Spoilers]

Zod was a bit off in MAN OF STEEL. Just another warning. There will be SPOILERS inside. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Firstly, a quick show of hands. Who figured out that I was using "Zod" for the article title in place of the word "Odd"? Anyone? Okay, moving on.

I am not one of the MAN OF STEEL detractors. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. If anything, I roll my eyes at the idea that Superman should have spent more of the movie's precious time constraints on saving kittens from trees to repeatedly prove what a swell guy he can be. If that's what you want in Superman. Go watch SUPERMAN IV.

A commander who honestly felt he was doing what needed to be done.

A problem that I had was with General Zod, but it had nothing to do with the acting. Michael Shannon was a brilliant case of casting. He portrayed an antagonist that was layered and embodied the follies of Krypton's genetic predetermination policies. He was born, bred, and taught his entire life to be a general that put his people first. He never even considered thinking outside of those constraints. It's in that motivation where I saw a problem with the plot.

Why would Zod want to terraform Earth to a Kryptonian atmosphere? Sure, it's probably one of the more effective ways to wipe out humanity with the least amount of effort. However, both the Earth's gravity and environment granted him and his kind with enhanced strength, flight, super hearing, and heat vision. Those sound like some pretty incredible tactical benefits. The movie even heavily implies that it's more than the yellow sun that gives them power. That's shown when we see Superman lose much of his abilities while on Zod's ship.

What general would give up becoming the weapon?

Yes, they periodically talked about there being a level of painful adjustment to breathing on Earth, but I doubt it would take years, as Zod states in the film. Zod adjusts to both the atmosphere and his powers in a matter of what was probably hours -- in story time. That's not even taking into consideration that they could likely develop a system to incrementally adjust with their technology. He even has evidence that it's possible to completely convert by looking to Clark, who arrived on Earth as an infant.

I just felt that a general would be more focused on trying to make his people even more powerful than before. I've said my piece on the matter. Anyone else find that odd? By the by, there were SPOILERS in this article. Just saying.

-Kristoffer Remmell (FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ FoxxFireArt

8 Comments
8 Comments
Posted by The Stegman

I think he wanted Krypton back in every sense of the word. He could care less about the powers Earth granted him and his kind, he just wanted an exact replica of his home. That's how I took it anyway.

Posted by Decoy Elite

I think it was mostly to spite Superman.

It's clear the grudge with Jor-El ran more deep than he tried to act like it did.

Posted by cattlebattle

Poor writing??

Posted by xxxddd
Posted by SandMan_

I think he wanted Krypton back in every sense of the word. He could care less about the powers Earth granted him and his kind, he just wanted an exact replica of his home. That's how I took it anyway.

^ This. He said that he only cared about krypton. maybe he didn't care about his powers.

Edited by SUNMAN

This was the best Zod we've ever seen imo. He was always lame imo. He was lame in the original movies and in the comics he was just another Kryptonian. First Zod I've actually liked as a villain.

Edited by InnerVenom123

He thinks Superman is blasphemy and he's spiteful and angry, so he's going to do all he can to f**k him over in the worst way possible.

Posted by AjO16

I think he wanted Krypton back in every sense of the word. He could care less about the powers Earth granted him and his kind, he just wanted an exact replica of his home. That's how I took it anyway.

Yup 100%