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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You seriously have to read some of the comics. Green Lantern and Superman level part of Metropolis in a brawl and not one of them has remorse.
Darksied practically levels a city, after obliterating the life of countless other planets, and his minions are taking people all over the world by the millions ... nope... no remorse.

The JL and the JLA decide to level part of a city when they are manipulated into battling each other.... still no remorse.
Sure Superman doesn't kill (and is torn up when he thinks he has), but right now the attitude is "we can't save them all."

And we all know the reason Superman doesn't kill in the comics... is so the bad guys can come back and sell more comics.

So your point is?
There really isn't one

DC have moved on twice now since the 70's. Crisis and the New 52. Those cute, peaceful films where Darksied tries to kill a few kittens... are over. They are no more applicable.

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