When the first footage from director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel debuted at Comic-Con, one of the first things on everyone’s mind was how similar the film felt to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It had a naturalistic and, well, “gritty” quality to it that felt distinctly Nolan-esque. This didn’t come as a huge surprise as Nolan is producing Man of Steel and handpicked Snyder for the directing job, and with Warner Bros. attempting to bring together its DC properties into a cohesive movie universe with Justice League, many were wondering if this was the direction that future WB comic book movies would take.
Nolan has been doing some press recently for the release of The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray, and during a recent interview he addressed the Man of Steel/Batman comparisons head on. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
The folks over at The Playlist asked Nolan if Man of Steel fits into the superhero universe that he crafted with his Dark Knight Trilogy, to which he responded:
“Well, somewhat. But I wouldn’t want people to think we’re doing for Superman what we did for Batman.”
Nolan praised Snyder’s take on the material discussed how it has to be different from Nolan’s Batman:
“It’s very much Zack’s film and I think people are going to love what he’s done. I think it’s really remarkable to take on that character. Superman is a completely different character than Batman. So you can’t in anyway use the same template. But David Goyer had this, I thought, brilliant way to make Superman relatable and relevant for his audience. Zack has built on that and I think it’s incredible what he’s putting together. He’s got a lot of finishing to do on that. Superman is the biggest comic book character of them all and he needs the biggest possible movie version which is what Zack’s doing. It’s really something.”
We should have a much better idea of what to expect when the new Man of Steel trailer plays in front of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next weekend. Until then, head on over to The Playlist to read the full interview in which Nolan dodges Justice League questions and talks briefly about fan response to the ending of The Dark Knight Rises.