Originally Posted by RADIOACTIVE MAN
Nolan co wrote this..he is known for realism...this general zod was a megalomaniac who wanted to kill at all costs, realistically u wou,dnt let a guy like that live..would u?
I wouldn't let him live but Superman would have allowed Zod to live....locked up where he wouldn't be able to get out.
That's the point! Superman preserves life at all costs regardless of what he/she did. It's like RagnaroK stated, it's not in Superman's character to kill someone.
I think the writers got lazy.