General Zod’s Greatest Strategic Blunder

Let’s cut to the chase: as you can see from the featured image, this is all about the version of General Zod that Michael Shannon brought to life in Zack Snyder’s 2013 film, “Man of Steel.”

That guy’s sort of a dummy. I mean, sure, he got his crew as far as he did. They survived the Phantom Zone, and all the horrible emptiness of space, yada, yada, yada. Then, thanks to one poor decision from the General, all of that time and struggle ended up being worth absolutely nothing.

Of course, I am talking about Zod’s decision to force Lois Lane aboard his ship, early on in the flick. There is absolutely no reason for it. You know which scene I’m talking about, right? When they meet in the middle of the desert, and Supes floats down, looking all majestic – ready, willing, and able to turn himself in to the invading Kryptonians.


For some reason, this doesn’t satisfy their leader, and he has Faora-Ul drag the intrepid reporter on board, as well. That one move is directly responsible for the downfall of General Zod, and all of his people. Moments later, thanks to the ghost-like presence of Jor-El, Lois escapes and causes havoc on the Kryptonian ship. She takes out a number of soldiers, and then helps free Superman, who would have surely been killed, had she not went and saved him.

Let me repeat that, a little clearer this time: if not for Lois Lane being on the ship, Zod and his Kryptonian army would have killed Superman, and taken over the earth. Who was going to stop them? Batman? He could give it a shot, but it looks like he’s having a hard time with one Kryptonian in the trailer for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Throw Zod and all of his soldiers at the guy, and I’m sorry, but Gotham’s going to be in mourning the next day. I imagine that Joker would be devastated that somebody killed The Bat. He’d try and get revenge, but there’s no way. Even if you get some Kryptonite – there’s a whole army. One of them could stand about twenty feet away, and melt your fucking face off with their heat vision.


That could have been avoided, General! All had you had to do was not be an idiot. What purpose did Lois Lane serve? Why did you force her aboard? You could have left her on earth, murked Superman, and then killed her later. What, was Zod looking for information? Why? His plan was literally to kill everyone, and start over. Where did Lois fit in there?

It was a stupid, arrogant decision made by General Zod, and it ended up costing him his life.

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Warner Bros. Picture – © 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Legendary Pictures Funding, LLC

Joseph Finnegan