It’s totally cool if the destruction of Metropolis in Man of Steel makes you uncomfortable, I would challenge you to ask yourself why it makes you uncomfortable, but if that scale of destruction makes you uncomfortable that’s cool. However, if you are pissed about the destruction of Metropolis and…
Something to keep in mind is that in all of those movies there’s always a way to contain or minimize the damage somewhat.
There’s lifeboats in Titanic, evacuations in Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, giant robots to fight the threat in Pacific Rim, and a scene in Avengers clearly established they try to minimize the death of innocents.
However one of the reasons the destruction in Man of Steel didn’t make much sense appears when Superman himself was fighting.
The enemies are targeting him, not the people. If he had driven the fight away from the city, a large portion of it wouldn’t end in ruins and it can be seen both fighting the henchmen in Smallvile and Zod in Metropolis.
You can make the argument that the deaths and damages would be great either way, but really there’s no real reason to make them greater by going to a populated city to fight.
Just my opinion.
Sorry but that’s not an opinion, it’s a direct contradiction to the facts established in the movie. This fight happens in three parts. Part one- Smallville. This is where we get to realize the extent of Clark’s painful inexperience and the fact that he’s already outmatched by aliens who are not even amped up by the effects of a yellow sun on Kryptonian physiology yet. He makes mistakes in Smallville, he thinks he’s protecting the city when in fact he’s the target of the attacks. It’s a small scale place where he can make some great blunders and he does, but the casualties are most certainly minimized by him clearing the streets first. The majority of the destruction that happens in Smallville is him catching fists and trains with his face and the military being truly unhelpful by spraying the strip with gunfire. They’re the ones who blow the place up. If we have any faith in their ability to do their jobs, we can assume that they minimized civilian casualties.
Part 2- The world engine. Superman. is. literally. not. there. so there’s no way that the Kryptonians are targeting him at all, they are here to wreck stuff, Zod has proposed genocide, and he is putting that plan into motion. At this point he doesn’t even NEED Clark anymore, he even says he plans to harvest the codex from his corpse. Superman is on the other side of the planet doing a thing everyone agrees only he can do to stop Zod from killing more people. The majority of the death toll in Metropolis is because the Kryptonians unleashed a gravity weapon at the center of the city and people were killed while evacuating.
Part 3- Zod vs. Superman. I don’t get it. I’ve been around and around with you guys with the same old tired arguments, so excuse my tone if it’s a little strained. Superman does not have control over this fight. That couldn’t be more clear. Zod isn’t going to chase Clark out of the city, he’s not nearly as interested in chasing Clark as he is in killing humans. Why? Because even he understands after less than a day witnessing him that Clark is about preserving human life, that that matters to him, and Zod is focused most of all on evening the score as he sees it. He wants to take Clark’s people away, he wants to hurt him by hurting human beings. At one point, Superman literally takes the fight INTO SPACE in order to get them out of the city and Zod beats him right back to earth again. He’s not winning this fight, he’s surviving it. Like he is Superman but what I feel like most people don’t understand about Superman is that he is not an exceptionally skilled fighter. He is strong as hell and relies too much on his ability to punch things very hard or restrain villains, so when he is up against a man who has all his strengths and abilities AND likely more than a decade of military training, it is not a fair fight. Hell, Zod isn’t just a General, he was ENGINEERED for this exact purpose. He is built for fighting. Clark hadn’t even been in a schoolyard fist-fight before. The assurance of his ability to dominate, much less CONTROL this fight honestly boggles my mind.