Maybe. We don't know what he would have done but from a lot of movies that involved civilians, the psychotic villain usually tries to incorporate the civilians into the equation and make the hero have a handicap. This wasn't addressed in the movie but is what I accepted and it didn't bother me to the extreme like some others that I watched it with.
I also think that they went back into Metropolis to save confusion for some audience members so as not to create another environment that would lead to questions and stray away from what they should be focused on. It's just like most superhero movies that revolve around "New York", they don't want to wander from what is more important.
By simplifying the equation, the story can be told and enjoyed instead of a monstrosity of confusion the Architect in The Matrix portrayed.
This post was edited on 7/2 at 11:23 pm