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.
According to the National Weather Service website, seeking shelter under an overpass puts you at greater risk of being killed or seriously injured by flying debris from the powerful tornadic winds.
Charlotte Lankard, licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice and columnist for The Oklahoman, said there could be mental health reasons for those involved in the recent tornadoes or young children who may have been scared by recent weather news to skip the film.
“Others, if they think they might be upset, should either skip it, or ahead of time give themselves permission to leave if that happens,” Lankard said. “And make sure who you go with understands that you may walk out. So they can either choose to leave with you or you take separate cars.”
Contributing: Matthew Price and The Associated Press