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Because, narrative wise, Man of Steel treats the thousands of deaths as something to be forgotten and brushed under the rug. We see thousands die, huge fight between Kryptonians, and then Superman laughs it off that the US military is worried about him, when the film demonstrated that they have a right to be. It's in the film, and it's a mess because of it.
Which has nothing to do with my questions, so... what's going on here?
Or Superman could have played interference on the Kryptonians while the US army use their phantom drive? Or the US military disables the Kryptonians due to their weakening while Superman focuses on the world engine? Or other options to stop the great big event that kills thousands? Or maybe Superman drops off the phantom drive to an Indian or Chinese military base and they use it while he focuses on Metropolis? Any plan that works better than having thousands die.
I love this. Peak SDN style "here's my plan for how it totally would have worked!" right there.
This is all meaningless, of course. It's because the script introduced these elements, and wanted to have a Superman film with a huge body count. That's what you're advocating for. That Superman should have to deal with thousands of dead bodies because he couldn't be in two places at once. The problem is, the film doesn't deal with that. He brushes it off at the end, and says that he's from Kansas, and the US military shouldn't worry about it. The film wants to hide the death toll that the audience witnessed, and the filmmakers are flummoxed that the audience is concerned about the thousands dying.
That's the issue. Thousands dying vividly on-screen, only for Superman to say that it's not an issue later on in the film, and we shouldn't worry about it. It's the difference between the potential Endor Holocaust in Return of the Jedi, and showing half the moon of Endor burning, then showing the Ewoks and Rebels celebrate. It's jarring, and shows bad structure in the plot.
It's amusing to see you say that the film wants to hide it death toll from the audience, then soon afterwards state that thousands die vividly on screen. But that's besides the point, like the evidence you post for your claims.
Superfights have consequences, especially when one side seems to have his heart set on genocide. It's hard to establish stakes (especially against apocalyptic opponents) going forward if you don't occasionally have moments like this. Maybe there should be some sort of league of people he could join, they could stand for justice or something. Superman can't do everything, but maybe they could do way more together.
Also, Superman doesn't say that "it's not an issue." He says that he's
not an issue. Big difference. From Superman's perspective, he just helped save everyone, and now the US government is trying to keep a close eye on him. Presumably as someone raised as a white American, that's a bit jarring and unpleasant.