In Man of Steel, Zod Returns To The Phantom Zone With His Neck Intact
The Ending We Know:
At the end of Man Of Steel, Superman is doing his best to shove General Zod through every building in Metropolis. After almost certainly killing thousands of bystanders, he is left with no choice but to break Zod's neck. He must violate his most sacred oath in order to protect Earth's most determined-to-die family, you see.
Warner Bros. Pictures"Seriously, guys? You can practically limbo under it."
It was absolutely the least-Superman thing anyone has ever written or filmed, and the internet hasn't been the same since.
Warner Bros. PicturesSuperman, upon realizing he's in a Zack Snyder movie.
How It Almost Ended:
Producer Christopher Nolan had a more traditional take on what Man Of Steel should be: Instead of a full 9/11-caliber disaster caused by wrestling aliens, he wanted Superman to stop Zod before most of the damage was dealt. According to the original script, there were many changes that didn't make it to the final cut, and the most significant was the ending. Instead of Zod being neck-murdered by Dark Superman, Supes sends Zod and his followers back into the Phantom Zone. Remember Superman's little space pod, the one shaped like a weird space bug with all its legs pulled off? It was going to be the secret weapon the good guys used to open a portal and save the Earth. Some of that concept made it into the actual movie, except Zod wasn't there, and of course, it featured a lot of neck murder.