Snyder has gotten a lot of flack from U.S. critics about the movie’s incredibly high collateral damage. An analyst quoted by BuzzFeed.compegs the body count in the fictional city of Metropolis at 129,000 innocent bystanders, as skyscrapers crumble to the ground causing an estimated $2 billion cleanup bill.
On this, Snyder remarks, “I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence. In America, we don’t have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman (who first appeared in ‘Action Comics’ in 1938) is probably the closest we get. It’s a way of recounting the myth.”