When "Man of Steel," the new Superman reboot from director Zack Snyder, hits theaters next week, audiences may find one scene a bit harder to watch in light of recent events.
Glimpses from a recent trailer for the film show a young Clark Kent attempting to protect residents of his hometown Smallville from what appears to be a massive tornado. The realistic and violent imagery is reminiscent of the historic EF5 tornadoes that recently devastated Oklahoma, killing dozens of people and uprooting the lives of thousands more.
Despite the poor timing, Snyder says the scene will stay in the film due to its pivotal role in the development of Superman.
"He’s changed by those events,” said Snyder during an interview. “If anything, we feel like our Superman has a connection — not to make light of it — to the kind of grief that happens during those kinds of natural disasters. Also, in a sad way, even Superman can’t change that.”
Actor Henry Cavill, who plays the superhero, added: “It’s a terrible tragedy, mother nature doing its thing. I hope that everyone who can salvage things can salvage things, grieve if they need to grieve, move on from stuff and repair and rebuild, if they have the opportunity. I can’t even imagine what it’s like.”
Had Warner Bros. decided to edit the scene, it would not have been the first time in response to a natural disaster. Back in 2011, the studio quickly moved to pull the film "Hereafter" from Japanese movie theaters after it opened the same week as the devastating tsunami that struck the country. The film, which opens with an extremely realistic recreation of the 2004 Indonesia tsunami, was deemed "not appropriate."
You can spy some moments from "Man of Steel's" tornado scene in the final trailer for the film below.
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