One Brutal Henry Cavill Scene From Man of Steel Likely Influenced an Iconic X-Men ‘97 Finale Moment Involving Rogue, Beau DeMayo Reveals

It is because of Man of Steel that Rogue went completely ‘rogue’!

Henry Cavill, X-Men ‘97


  • Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is still an inspiration to filmmakers.
  • A sequence featuring Rogue from the X-Men ‘97 Finale appears to have been heavily influenced by Henry Cavill’s film.
  • Recently, Beau DeMayo acknowledged that Rogue’s punching of Bastion was a ‘subconscious’ allusion to Clark’s “hammering” of Zod.
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The storytelling process often blurs lines, enabling creators to weave their magic subconsciously, and this holds true for one brutal Henry Cavill scene from Man of Steel. Indeed, the film has intriguingly likely influenced an iconic X-Men ‘97 finale moment involving Rogue, as revealed by Beau DeMayo. Well, a few weeks ago, we got to know about Bastion’s genesis in Tolerance Is Extinction – Part 1, which actually sent waves of nostalgia and surprise through the DC fandom.

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is still an inspiration to filmmakers.
A still from X-Men ‘97 | Marvel Animation

Further enriching this, the X-Men ‘97 showrunner, through the candid windows of X, recently admitted that the finale beat of Rogue punching Bastion—a flourish of raw “emotion” rather than narrative need—was a ‘subconscious’ homage to Clark’s fervent defense of his earthly mother. 

Beau DeMayo Reveals How Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel Scene Shaped X-Men ‘97’s Finale

In a recent revelation by X-Men ‘97 creator Beau DeMayo, fans of both the X-Men and DC universes were given a fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes influences that shaped one of the most iconic moments in the animated series.


The finale of the episode titled Tolerance Is Extinction – Part 1 saw Rogue deliver a powerful punch to the villain Bastion, a scene that bore a striking resemblance to a memorable moment from the 2013 film Man of Steel.

A sequence featuring Rogue from the X-Men ‘97 finale appears to have been heavily influenced by Henry Cavill’s film.
Rogue and Magneto in X-Men ‘97 | Marvel Animation

In the aforementioned scene from Man of Steel, Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent is shown hammering Zod and angrily defending the woman who brought him up. Put simply, “emotion not plot” drove this raw and powerful moment, according to DeMayo.

This impactful moment clearly left a solid impression on him, as he revealed on X that it likely served as a subconscious influence when creating the conclusion of the X-Men ‘97 episode.


Rather than simply following a predetermined plot point, DeMayo drew upon the emotional core of the characters to fuel the powerful moment of Rogue defending those she cares about. Not only that, DeMayo has been providing a sort of ongoing commentary on episodes via X, entrancing viewers with details from behind-the-scenes and deep-cut Easter Eggs.

The origin story of Bastion was unveiled in episode 8, which touched DC Comics fans. It was immediately apparent how much Zack Snyder’s film influenced X-Men ‘97, drawing comparisons between Bastion’s discovery of his past and Clark Kent’s learning of his Kryptonian superpowers.


Zack Snyder’s Perspective on Superman’s Actions Towards General Zod

Is it ever necessary for Superman to kill? Even though Henry Cavill is a fan favorite as Superman, Man of Steel is still regarded as one of the most contentious superhero films ever made. 

Zack Snyder’s decision to have the Man of Steel take the life of General Zod in the 2013 film has sparked intense discussions among fans and critics alike. Last month, the director persisted in defending the movie, especially the sequence in which Superman killed General Zod.

Zack Snyder’s decision to have the Man of Steel take the life of General Zod in the 2013 film has sparked intense discussions among fans and critics alike.
General Zod in Man of Steel | Warner Bros. Pictures

In an interview with GQ, Snyder explained his reasoning behind the controversial scene, stating that Superman was faced with an impossible decision and had to act in order to protect innocent lives:


He’s not going to stop. He wasn’t going to negotiate an outcome, so it was either Zod or us. And that was pretty much the game. There was no like middle ground.

In the comic books, the character is known for his strong moral compass and tireless commitment to justice without resorting to taking a life. However, as Snyder pointed out, there are times when even the greatest heroes must make difficult choices in order to save others:

Zod said he would fight until either you kill me or I kill you… If Superman can’t handle that position, then he’s fake, then he’s not… You got to like… He’s got to address the scenarios that come to him. He can’t pick and choose, as you can’t pick and choose when something is outside of your morality.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, we can’t deny that Superman’s decision to kill General Zod in Man of Steel will continue to spark debates among fans for years to come. As with any great superhero, the character of Man of Steel is constantly evolving and challenging our perceptions of what it means to be a hero. 

Man of Steel is streaming on Max, while X-Men ‘97 is available on Disney+.


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