By FoxxFireArt 8 Comments
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 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.
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.