Last week we showed you a picture of a big Superman statue on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice* and we all speculated on what it could mean. Why is there a big Superman statue in the film? Is it a dream sequence? Or are people in the world of Man of Steel thankful to Superman for his work in spurring on the Metropolis construction industry?
Batman-News thinks they know, and according to the site it's a statue thanking Supes. Seriously.
The statue was built to celebrate Superman saving the Earth in the first movie — Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice takes place about two years after the events of Man of Steel. Gotham and Metropolis news trucks and helicopters were on the scene to cover the Mayor’s speech and the statue unveiling. Elementary school kids wore “Superman Survivors” shirts and helped pull a sheet off the statue for the big reveal. They also released real doves to celebrate statue unveiling.
This will probably kick up another big argument in the comments section, one that I find fascinating. Man of Steel seems to be a real Rorscach test. I think there's no reconciling the two positions, and I'm not sure how much of that comes from some people being very protective of the historic representation of Superman (the protector) and how much of that comes from some people not exactly understanding how the portrayal of the destruction reads (the military distrusting Superman is played as kind of silly, underscored by the female soldier finding him hot). I think there's a fundamental sloppiness to the film that makes it impossible for either side to really score convincing points; stuff like Pa Kent going on and on about how humans will react to Clark and then not paying that off in any fashion whatsoever is the problem. The film brings a pre-9/11 sensibility to destruction while using 9/11 imagery, so it becomes jarring.
Some speculated that this was on purpose and that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice* would pick up that thread, but I know for a fact that the filmmakers were shocked by the reaction they got to the chaos in Metropolis. Have they rolled with that reaction and incorporated it into the new film? Judging by this statue, I'd say they didn't.
* Actual movie title.