While some aspects of this doomed drop-in-and-out rescue mission echo the one in “Superman Returns,” it’s clear that the leader of the Seven has nowhere near the same level of quick thinking as the Man of Steel. However, a few people who do were quick to chime in and suggest that Homelander’s superspeed could’ve been used to full effect and wasn’t. Redditor u/Jamie_Pull_That_Up made the strong argument that the maniac in a cape could’ve applied a kind of “Iron Man 3” Air Force One course of action, saying, “If Homelander really wanted to he could have saved the people in the plane by using his super speed to lower the people in the water.”
While taking notes from Marvel’s knight in shining armor would have paid off, u/RedDragon683 said that a Superman route might’ve been better. “Frankly, the simplest solution would just be for Homelander to guide the plane to glide into the water,” they explained. “He doesn’t need to provide enough force to lift the whole thing, just enough to glide it smoothly, the wings will still do a lot of the work.”
Both were good suggestions, but the most important factor that was brought to the discussion — and a point that was constantly revisited — was Homelander’s lack of dedication to his job.