Zack Snyder Comments on Superman (2012): The Man Of Steel
The director on the new Superman, Zack Snyder, spoke with the LA Times Hero Complex and mentioned making the movie the way he wants to, on the casting, on working with producer Christopher Nolan and more.
Snyder informs us that his version of Superman will be more like Nolan's Batman - a different take than what we have seen in the past and won't feel tied down to the previous movies.
“Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies,” Snyder said. “If you look at ‘Batman Begins,’ there’s that structure, there’s the canon that we know about and respect but on other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven’t been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.”
The director continues emphasizing the new direction when asked about being careful compared to the past movies and also on, once again, the physical aspect that his Superman will have.
“Yeah, and we’re not afraid of that at all,” Snyder said. “Our Superman, he’s got things to figure out but he’s a physical cat.”
What about the cast? We already know Henry Cavill is Superman and Diane Lane to be Ma Kent. In addition, there have been rumors of Kevin Costner as Pa Kent (though apparently confirmed), Viggo Mortensen as Zod, Daniel Day Lewis, Kristin Stewart, Olivia Wilde, Rachel McLish and Jessica Biel up for Lois Lane - and even a role for Linsday Lohan.
Zack Snyder only teased with, “There’s more to come and I think it’s consistent in its … awesomeness.”
From there, Snyder mentions his producer on the film, Christopher Nolan, and assures us that no rivalry is going on - that Nolan is on board with his vision 100%.
“It’s been really great,” Snyder said of the collaboration so far. “Chris is awesome. He’s super-respectful but super-helpful, too. You can’t imagine a more generous [collaborator]…once he sort of got what I want to do with it, he was like, ‘OK,’ and once he said, ‘You know what, that’s awesome,’ now he’s 100%. If I say, ‘What do you think of this?’ he’s like, ‘That’s awesome,’ and then there’s a great give-and-take about it, a great conversation that we can have about it and making it better everyday. And by the way he’s hilarious, too.”
Snyder touches upon audiences' view of the Man of Steel and says most seem to be to used to everything that has come before - but suggests his new take is going to be quite different -- and that his view to be correct.
“Superman is the one constant in the universe,” Snyder said. “You know that if you do Superman right — or at least if you do him with respect — you know you end up with something great…. [but] in some ways [beyond] that is virgin territory. No one knows what that is. In some ways Superman is the most recognizable superhero on the planet but also the most unknown. Just what he can be? People have preconceived ideas about him but probably all of them are wrong."
Finally, when asked about what the costume Henry Cavill would be donning would look like, Snyder said they most likely would reveal it as it would be leaked beforehand.
”I can’t say — although I appreciate the question. I’d love to talk about it. We’re going to have to show it before we shoot, probably a while before that because [otherwise] someone will be on the set and get a picture of it.”
So we see that Snyder is going to break away from the Richard Donner movies and give us a more physical version. While it will be loyal to the original history - it will be Snyder's vision that we see.
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Superman flies into theaters December 2012 directed by Zack Snyder starring Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel and Diane Lane as Martha "Ma" Kent.
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