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

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by Ken Guidry
June 18, 2013 10:44 AM
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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 | August 12, 2013 3:10 AMReply

    :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 | August 12, 2013 3:09 AMReply

    :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 | August 12, 2013 3:08 AMReply

    :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 | August 12, 2013 3:07 AMReply

    :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 | June 20, 2013 9:54 PMReply

    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 | June 18, 2013 10:40 PMReply

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

  • skywater | June 18, 2013 4:58 PMReply

    Excellent article.

  • Richard | June 18, 2013 12:04 PMReply

    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!

  • Christopher Bell | June 18, 2013 1:48 PM

    Almost A
    Haiku
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  • That is the stupidest thing I have ever read. | June 18, 2013 11:29 AMReply

    "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 | June 18, 2013 11:16 AMReply

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

  • Matt | June 18, 2013 11:12 AMReply

    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!

  • Robert | June 18, 2013 8:58 PM

    Except the Avengers did imply that someone got hurt in the battle in New York, as was shown in the news feeds of the aftermath.

  • anon | June 18, 2013 11:29 AM

    This.

  • Ignacio | June 18, 2013 11:10 AMReply

    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.

  • Donella | June 19, 2013 2:43 PM

    Stop telling people how they should feel about excessive destruction and violence.

  • Peter D | June 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    Agreed man, well said.

  • Luke | June 18, 2013 11:06 AMReply

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

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