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Too Much Carnage? Analysts Say ‘Man Of Steel’ Carnage Was Worse Than 9/11

Too Much Carnage? Analysts Say 'Man Of Steel' Carnage Was Worse Than 9/11

Man of Steel” is currently wreaking havoc on the box office with people nationwide enjoying the escapist fare. Many were in awe of the action-packed film with its fight scenes and the destruction it subsequently caused. So much destruction that some may have wondered, “Damn, how much would it cost to actually fix all that damage?” Thankfully, someone has been able to do the crunch the numbers and do all the homework for us.

Charles Watson, along with his team at Watson Technical Consulting, assessed the damage that had been done to Metropolis and worked out all the numbers specifically for Buzzfeed. Watson Technical Consulting estimates that 129,000 people would have been killed, while over 250,000 would have gone missing (most of whom would most likely have died as well). Meanwhile, nearly a million people would have been injured overall, at the very least.

The consulting team said that the damage “seemed to be similar to an air burst from a 20kt nuclear explosion in terms of shock effects, but without the radiation or thermal effects.” For the physical damage caused to the city, the cost is to be estimated at $700 billion. By contrast, 9/11’s physical damage cost $55 billion, while the impact economically was at $123 billion. Watson Technical Consulting says the total damage to Metropolis was estimated at $2 trillion altogether.

Superman may have the super-strength and superpowers, but he probably doesn’t have $2 trillion lying around anywhere. Perhaps the sequel can be entirely devoted to him apologizing for all the carnage and writing an endless amount of checks. It’s the least he could do. You can read the entire report from the WTC here. And if you want to know our thoughts on the film’s borrowing of 9/11 imagery, be sure to read our breakdown of The Best & Worst Of ‘Man of Steel’.

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Aaron Hebert

:p C'mon. I find this entirely baseless. First of all, the first line about it being escapist (written on the internet, for people on the internet >_>) is pretty silly. Now, Supes isn't my favorite hero for a number of reasons, and I haven't seen the film, but I'm willing to bet that many many more people if not the entire freaking world would have been destroyed, were he not there doing what Superman does. It's not very exciting to show reconstruction, which might actually say something about the viewership, but do you really think someone as fast and strong with his sense of ethics wouldn't make the process a whole lot easier? He can lift and weld girders faster than a 1,000 workers. Oh, but the materials cost money? "Got some coal? Oh, one second… Here's some diamonds for ya. Anything else I can do?" Superman is a naive, self righteous, puppet of the state, but it would be extremely out of character for him to unnecessarily endanger human life and not clean up the mess afterward.

Aaron Hebert

:p C'mon. I find this entirely baseless. First of all, the first line about it being escapist (written on the internet, for people on the internet >_>) is pretty silly. Now, Supes isn't my favorite hero for a number of reasons, and I haven't seen the film, but I'm willing to bet that many many more people if not the entire freaking world would have been destroyed, were he not there doing what Superman does. It's not very exciting to show reconstruction, which might actually say something about the viewership, but do you really think someone as fast and strong with his sense of ethics wouldn't make the process a whole lot easier? He can lift and weld girders faster than a 1,000 workers. Oh, but the materials cost money? "Got some coal? Oh, one second… Here's some diamonds for ya. Anything else I can do?" Superman is a naive, self righteous, puppet of the state, but it would be extremely out of character for him to unnecessarily endanger human life and not clean up the mess afterward.

Aaron Hebert

:p C'mon. I find this entirely baseless. First of all, the first line about it being escapist (written on the internet, for people on the internet >_>) is pretty silly. Now, Supes isn't my favorite hero for a number of reasons, and I haven't seen the film, but I'm willing to bet that many many more people if not the entire freaking world would have been destroyed, were he not there doing what Superman does. It's not very exciting to show reconstruction, which might actually say something about the viewership, but do you really think someone as fast and strong with his sense of ethics wouldn't make the process a whole lot easier? He can lift and weld girders faster than a 1,000 workers. Oh, but the materials cost money? "Got some coal? Oh, one second… Here's some diamonds for ya. Anything else I can do?" Superman is a naive, self righteous, puppet of the state, but it would be extremely out of character for him to unnecessarily endanger human life and not clean up the mess afterward.

Aaron Hebert

:p C'mon. I find this entirely baseless. First of all, the first line about it being escapist (written on the internet, for people on the internet >_>) is pretty silly. Now, Supes isn't my favorite hero for a number of reasons, and I haven't seen the film, but I'm willing to bet that many many more people if not the entire freaking world would have been destroyed, were he not there doing what Superman does. It's not very exciting to show reconstruction, which might actually say something about the viewership, but do you really think someone as fast and strong with his sense of ethics wouldn't make the process a whole lot easier? He can lift and weld girders faster than a 1,000 workers. Oh, but the materials cost money? "Got some coal? Oh, one second… Here's some diamonds for ya. Anything else I can do?" Superman is a naive, self righteous, puppet of the state, but it would be extremely out of character for him to unnecessarily endanger human life and not clean up the mess afterward.

David

You know what the movie got right though? BUILDINGS DON'T COLLAPSE DEMOLTION STYLE WHEN HIT BY FLYING OBJECTS! (not yelling just drawing attention)….it's a MOVIE! We all know that there was a lot of damage…now we can't watch a movie without thinking about the cost?

Josh

This probably sets up Lexcorp rebuilding the city and starting anti-Superman campaign.

skywater

Excellent article.

Richard

I think people getting a little carried away here
It is only a Film and a very good one Henry was Fantastic
Cast was great End Of!

That is the stupidest thing I have ever read.

"Analysts Say 'Man Of Steel' Carnage Was Worse Than 9/11"

That is the stupidest thing I have ever read in my life. Are you serious?

Luke

Avengers had a different tone to it, MOS- they are trying to place superman in a REAL world.

Matt

I actually appreciated the reality. Sorry, but watching an alien army show up in The Avengers and destroy buildings yet somehow no one got hurt? Kind of silly to me. And for those complaining that Superman "let this happen"… it was that or let the whole race of man kind get wiped out. Even with that kind of damage it's still hard not to say THANKS!

Ignacio

9/11 is a part of pop culture now, as much as the nazis, the vietnam war, the arab terrorists, and so on, stop seeing 9/11 overtones in every building blowing up in superhero movies. Or at least, stop adressing that as a disturbing issue, it doesn't make any sense.

Luke

Maybe Snyder was sentimental towards the VFX industry, so he was creating more business for them with illogical CGI action.

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