Zack Snyder Says The Force Awakens Is More Brutal Than Man Of Steel

Since its release in 2013, Man of Steel has been the target of endless criticism. According to director Zack Snyder, even producer Christopher Nolan had issues with the film’s ending. (This may explain why he chose to be less involved in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.) As we reported back in July, professional disaster experts estimated that 129,000 people died and 275,000 were left missing by the film’s (fictional) destruction. As for the economic toll, they estimated that the events in Man of Steel caused roughly $700 billion in physical damage.


While some have accused Snyder of carelessness, he has always maintained that a deliberate—and even moral—statement was being made. “You can’t just have superheroes knock around and have there be no consequences,” he told Entertainment Weekly, alluding to more lightweight superhero movies. “What is that message? That it’s okay that there’s this massive destruction with zero consequence for anyone?”


With the release of Batman v Superman just a few days away, Snyder has expanded on his position—to include one of the most popular films of all time. When the topic came up with The Wall Street Journal recently, the director argued that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a far worse offender than Man of Steel. “In Star Wars, they destroy five planets with billions of people on them,” he said. “That’s gotta be one of the highest death toll movies in history, the new Star Wars movie, if you just do the math.”


What about the death toll in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? You can start counting on Friday when it opens in theatres. In the meantime, watch the trailer below.