Long characterized as a bit of a Boy Scout, Superman saw that reputation tarnished with 2013’s Man of Steel, where his climactic battle with General Zod resulted in a death count estimated in the hundreds of thousands (with nearly a million more injuries). However, amid all of the criticism, fans may have forgotten about all those other big-screen deaths for which the Last Son of Krypton is responsible.
Luckily Mr. Sunday Movies, which last month tallied Batman’s kill count, offers a gentle reminder, starting with 1980’s Superman II, and working its way through the list of how many times he has killed or “allowed someone to die.” The YouTube channel concedes the number is subjective, but it’s certainly worth noting that before 2013, the count stood at “just” eight (including the first time Superman killed Zod).
But after 2013? Do “Wubba” and “Incalculable” qualify as numbers? No, probably not even on Krypton, but they’re undoubtedly enough to reserve Superman a spot in the Phantom Zone.
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