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Tornado features prominently in 'Man of Steel'

Director says there was no discussion about altering film after Oklahoma tornadoes
by Matthew Price Modified: June 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm •  Published: June 14, 2013
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A key scene in “Man of Steel” features a deadly tornado crossing the Kansas prairie.

“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder said there was never any discussion about altering the pivotal scene involving a twister following recent deadly storms in Oklahoma.

“He's changed by those events,” said Snyder during an interview to promote the movie. “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.”

A top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on May 20, killing 24 people. Another round of violent storms that produced a separate EF5 tornado, the widest on record, struck May 31. At least 21 people were killed in the tornado and related flooding.

“It's a terrible tragedy, Mother Nature doing its thing,” said Henry Cavill, who plays Clark Kent and Kal-El. “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.”

The tornado scene in “Man of Steel” can briefly be spotted in trailers for the Warner Bros. film. In the film, some characters seek refuge under an overpass on the highway. That's not a recommended course of action, according to the National Weather Service.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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