by Josh Wigler
Whether you loved it, hated it, or felt overall "meh" about it, there's no denying this much about "Man of Steel": Metropolis took a beating.
The climax of director Zack Snyder's reboot of the Superman film franchise left buildings destroyed and countless innocent civilians lifeless on the streets. And it's a development that hasn't gone without its fair share of criticism from fans and critics alike.
Artist Kyle Baker has some feelings on the matter too, it seems. But rather than posting a 1000-word essay or even penning a pithy cartoon to relay his criticism, Baker has channeled his feelings through a little video game called "Mass Murderer of Steel."
The game puts you "in control" of the punching-and-kicking mass of alien strongmen better known as Superman and General Zod. You click the mass, and watch as they hurtle off into the surrounding buildings, crushing civilians, leaving dust and blood and noise in their wake. It's less a game, and more a chaos machine — a loud representation of so many viewers' issues with "Man of Steel."
"Enjoy high-flying mass destruction as you ignore the hideous death screams of the [millions] you are pledged to save," reads the description of the game. "Use your super powers to wage a never-ending battle for self-important allegorical bombast! Bludgeon your senses into numbed awe! TOTALLY safe for work!"
As MTV Geek's own Alex Zalben wrote in his op-ed about the "Man of Steel" climax:
"Superheroes are inspirations. They inspire us to be even better than the best of us, to aspire to be the pinnacle of who you can be. To always think of other people, to have the best interests of the world at heart, not just your own. And to always, always think of a third option."
That's one way to put it. "Mass Murderer of Steel" is another. Click here to play.