Zack Snyder on clinging to the Christopher Reeve Superman

News Simon Brew
22 Apr 2014 - 07:00

Man Of Steel and Batman Vs Superman director Zack Snyder chats about Christopher Reeve's Superman, and clarifies his Terry Gilliam comment.

Director Zack Snyder has a very busy year or two ahead of him, as he shoots the sequel to Man Of Steel, currently going by the title Batman Vs Superman. And in a new interview with Forbes, Snyder has been chatting in particular about the reaction to his cinematic interpretation of Superman.

"The thing I was surprised about in response to Superman", he admitted, "was how everyone clings to the Christopher Reeve version of Superman, you know? How tightly they cling to those ideas, not really the comic book version but more the movie version".

He added that "if you really analyse the comic book version of Superman, he’s killed, he’s done all the things – I guess the rules that people associate with Superman in the movie world are not the rules that really apply to him in the comic book world, because those rules are different. He’s done all the things and more that we’ve shown him doing, right? It’s just funny to see people really taking it personally. Because I made him real, you know, I made him feel, or made consequences [in] the world".

In the same interview, Snyder also clarifies the comments made earlier in the year with regards Terry Gilliam's proposed take on the Watchmen movie (Snyder was quoted as saying that he made Watchmen "to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world"). Snyder said that "Terry Gilliam is literally one of my favourite filmmakers", citing Brazil as one of his favourite film of all time. He said that "I just find the whole conversation, that whole thing that happened, ludicrous", with the argument being that the context his comments were presented in were against what he was actually saying.

The full interview with Forbes is here.

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