Zack Snyder talks Man of Steel

News Glen Chapman 14 Nov 2012 - 09:28
Mr Zack Snyder

A more serious version of Superman that respects the mythology awaits fans, according to director Zack Snyder

Things have been looking good for Superman reboot, Man of Steel, of late. The first trailer, after all, went down well, and it appeared to strike a rather unexpected tone. Not a tone that you might expect from a Zack Snyder movie, too. We have, however, had the recent news that the film would receive a 3D post-production conversion, which shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise, but it doesn't seem as though this was something fans were screaming out for.

The latest piece of info from the production comes courtesy of Zack Snyder, who shared some thoughts in a recent interview with the LA Times. “It's a more serious version of Superman, we took the mythology seriously", he said. "We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you're going to see a Superman you've never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made.”

We're not sure the Donner films were particularly light on the mythology, but nonetheless. “He's the king-daddy,” continued Snyder. “Honestly that's why I wanted to do it. I'm interested in Superman because he's the father of all superheroes. He's this amazing ambassador for superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology?”

“What we've made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story", he concluded. "It’s been an honour to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully".

There seems to be a fair amount of scepticism that Snyder would be respectful to the source when it was announced that he would be the director, but for the most part he's saying the right things. We'll see just how well he's done next June...

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"There seems to be a fair amount of scepticism that Snyder would be respectful to the source".

Really? How has that conclusion been found? Considering he is renowned for sticking to source material. '300' and 'Watchmen' was basically a frame for frame copy of the graphic novels. And his Watchmen ending was arguably a better/realistic ending than the graphic novel.

The guy is clearly a fan boy and is he most likely about to produce a 'superhero' masterpiece.

I love his visual style and think he can definitely break away from the Donner movies with some confidence, however the worrying thing for me is Nolan's 'Guiding Hand'. We know what that means for the fantastic element of superheroes. I just hope Snyder was enough of his own man to listen but do his own thing and establish a credible baseline that allows classic villains to make an appearance further down the line.

I think we should trust them both. Nolan wont be completely hands on, he'll have a small role in terms of how the feel of film should play out. I think all we will see from him is that his influence has already worked for the trailers and this whole new 'serious/realistic' type of Superman film. The idea of 'how would we all react if this REALLY happened'.

Superman is going up against Zod in this film, I think we can expect some Snyder type action!

It's the serious/realistic balance that I'm worried about.

Whilst I can appreciate what Nolan did to make comic book movies more serious I think he went too far in making them realistic. To me realistic means plausible and the laws of any particular movie world should be plausible enough to allow certain fantastic conditions to exist.

Superman is fortunate enough that his laws are generally sci-fi/pseudo-science based so the appearance of different kinds of aliens and beings from other dimensions should be no problem, however it's long been established that he is powerless against magic, so it will be interesting if that gets referenced at all, though it's possibly unnecessary given that the majority of his regular foes fall into the previous category.

I guess my main worry is that as ardent hater of Nolan's Batman that those elements that spoiled his movies might also hold back this movie too.

I cant wait, I have never been a fan of supes as there is no point he can defeat everyone unless they are from his planet or they use kryptonite.
A character piece into what makes a superhero do what he does, using supes would be perfect

An ardent hater of Nolan's Batman? Aww, Omniaural, we getting so well until then! Haha

See, i really thought the 'realistic' approach worked for Batman, as he has no superpowers, and no one he faught had super powers. So that really was a case of (all be it over the top) it COULD just about be plausable.

I see what you mean though, the fact he is from an Alien planet, can fly etc, I dont think it's going to be realistic to the point of him not being able to fly, or Kryptonite not working anymore as its just 'a rock', I just mean in terms of the 'feel' of the film. We saw in the trailer him walking on his own trying to hitch hike, working on a fishing boat... that's the realistic tone Nolan is setting. But then we have the comicon trailer (have you seen it yet? Poor quality but good) where we see him flying about straight into that safe where can see, yep, that is Superman flying around! So, it will have a serious tone, but it's superman, you can't keep him grounded!

Great. Can we have a proper trailer now please. We've been waiting forever!

Sorry but have you not seen Inception or The Prestige both display an ability for fantasy done in a believable manner. Nolans interpretation of Batman IMO was one of the few ways it could go considering the bad taste left by Batman and Robin. Anyway look at Snyder's record with Watchmen the only fantasy bit left in was Dr Manatten. Was it a bad interpretation IMO no. It worked for the medium it was being displayed in.
Honestly I feel this film be fantastic, why? Because Snyder and Nolan have both shown that they can make brilliant films that translate from a comic book source.

It seems to me that some people are misinterpreting 'serious' or 'realistic' when referring to the approach to Superman. You can have a character like Superman or any of his enemies in a 'grounded' world. We think the idea of aliens and flying as 'unrealistic,' but that's only because we've never seen one or anyone do it. This doesn't mean there is not life on other planets and it doesn't mean that there isn't someone that can fly (no matter how ridiculous that seems to us). It seems to me that that is what they mean when they say 'serious,' in regards to this character - the whole "What if this were a real man and it was in THIS world?" I see this character being much more emotionally human, but with these amazing abilities and that's exactly how you ground Clark Kent/Superman. Show us our own humanity but contrast it by showing us our divinity, if you will. That's kind of the idea of Superman to begin with; Hope.

do the fail safe - go in knowing its going to be not what you want, and probably rubbish. You're then pleasantly surprised that it isn't god awful as you haven't listened to all the hype that made your expectations unrealistic for the last film you saw - SkyFail. Thanks media, "best Bond film ever" was the biggest lie ever told.

Most haters of Superman argue that he is too powerful and boring, what
they fail to realize is that Superman fights enemies that are just as
powerful if not stronger, making the stories larger than life and is
exactly what makes him so appealing.

Also, not all of his opponents can be defeated simply through brawn (such as his Arch-Enemy, Lex Luthor), and that his stories typically aren't about whether he wins or not.

I love Inception and Prestige (and Memento too!) but it's possibly because of these films that his Batman films fail to stand up. Yes his films are better than the previous set of movies in respect to their setting and general film-making ability but among other things they lost something crucial by admitting the fallibility of a regular human doing almost superhuman things and the toll it takes. To me that's just one of those things that you're supposed to not really think too hard about as once you start thinking like that then it closes more avenues than it opens.

I share your hope that this film will be great but I just don't want it to be too real. We've got Kick-Ass for that type of exploration. I'm encouraged that Snyder sees it as an adventure and I hope he gets that across.

Strangely I'm a big fan of his interpretation of Robin/Nightwing. If they were to update that character for future movies they could do worse than rely on TDKR as the origin for that character. For someone who apparently didn't like the idea of Robin (as Nolan has often stated) he's done a bang up job of giving him life in any future movie.

I haven't seen the comicon trailer, just the teaser and that was fine. I just worry that the imagination that these characters and their settings provide might be stifled when Marvel have shown that if you embrace it you can still have those extreme, outlandish characters that only have to make sense within the context of their movie universe to have an exciting film.

i'm skeptical because most of snyders movies have been embarrassing trainwrecks or godawfully boring.

oh, and that horrifyingly bad trailer.

i really enjoyed several of Nolan's films. i dont hate the batman movies (actually i hated and was embarrassed about the third) but there is definitely some magic, charm and wonder missing. I do not trust Snyder at all. That there are two people involved who shouldn't be let anywhere near this makes me sad, because it seems against all odds that they will make a superman movie that takes peoples breath away and makes kids want superman pyjamas. the trailer reinforces this sadness.

The problem for me wasn't that it admitted Batman's human fallibility. It was that they showed him to be fallible, but then changed their minds and made him superhuman again.

Dark Knight Rises, we see Wayne's joints are worn out, he can barely walk. So we think, wow, this is going to be a different kind of batman. He'll have to outsmart his enemies instead of punching them, or train a successor to do the action sequences while he takes a more backstage roll. Nope. He puts on a robot leg and goes right back to punchin.

Lex Luthor in the comics makes sense. Lex Luther in "Smallville" or that old "Lois and Clark -- Superman" with Dean Cain makes sense. There's subterfuge/public perception that means Supes can't just walk up to him and throw him in jail. Lex Luthor as some random bad guy who hides in a subway and hijacks nuclear missiles never really made much sense.

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