New Images from MAN OF STEEL; Zack Snyder Calls His Superman “More Relatable, More Human”

     March 15, 2013


With director Zack Snyder’s Superman film Man of Steel hitting theaters in just a couple of months, we’re finally starting to see and hear more about the highly anticipated Warner Bros. project.  Recently the superhero pic landed the cover of Total Film magazine, and now some goodies from TF’s Man of Steel issue have started to surface by way of a batch of new images from the pic and Sndyer and star Henry Cavill’s thoughts on creating a Superman for the modern era.  Snyder and Cavill drill home the point that this film tackles a grounded, realistic iteration of the character, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how their take plays out on the big screen this summer.

Hit the jump to check out new Man of Steel images as well as quotes from Snyder and Cavill.  Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th. [Update: We've been asked to take the images down.]

man-of-steel-henry-cavillSpeaking with Total Film, Snyder talked a bit about his approach to the character:

“We’ve tried to make a Superman movie where he does stuff and you go, ‘Yeah, if I was Superman, that’s what I’d do. Even though he’s an alien, he’s more relatable, more human.”

Cavill spoke to the challenge of making the classic character relevant for the 21st century:

“This is a Superman for a modern age. It’s not betraying anything that Superman is, but it is grounding everything in reality. It’s the story of this incredible being who can do incredible things, but whom we can associate with. Because he’s gone through troubling stuff and had to make tough choices…”

From everything we’ve seen and heard thus far, it looks like Snyder’s film asks the question, “What if Superman wasn’t sure he wanted to be Superman?”  I’m intrigued by the idea of taking a grounded, Batman Begins approach to the story, and I’m hoping that Snyder can deliver some thrilling spectacle as well.

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  • Get Em

    I see a lot of comments on how they think this is the movie of the summer and best movie blah blah…I think this going to just be a really entertaining movie with just a little bit to much over hype . Oh and a lot better than superman returns guranteed. But who knows I Kay be completly wrong.

    • paul tracy

      No comment is just too fantastic that it cannot use a little spell check magic. Your incredible insights will be all the more incredible when cleaned up a bit so that when we read them (and are helplessly inspired by them), we are not stumbling over strange clumps of letters

      ~ pt

      • Um, Sure

        Because everyone loves a grammar Nazi.

      • lovetron

        Go away, Grammar Troll. No one here appreciates your condescending smugness.

    • Anonymous

      Cause you sound nuts. Neither of these clowns have ever done anything even decent. Goyer: he did one okay story “idea” for the but he’s also written and/or directed the following: Blade Trinity, Jumper, The Unborn, The Invisible. Did you think Jumper had a good script? Snyder: 300 and Sucker Punch (a strong candidate for worst movie ever made and I say this having seen every episode of MST3K). In short, I have utterly no confidence in either man to even cobble together a decent film, let alone a great one. A Nolan’s gone completely to shit after Rises.

      • Anonymous

        *for the Dark Knight. They should really have an edit function for this site.

        P.S.: Nolan Sucks.

      • Nope. You’re wrong.

        Watchman was great, Dawn of the Dead was great, and 300 was a beautiful piece of action eye-candy. And Sucker Punch might have not been the most engaging movie, but the visuals and action were fantastic.

  • Paul

    I’m really looking forward to this, and thought the trailer was fantastic, but is it me or in the above still does his suit look a little….shiny?
    I’m finding it a bit odd looking.

    • Bob

      The more you look at it, the better it looks. Besides, I think on screen in motion it will look better. It’s the same thing for Thor and Cap(though his costume still looked a little bad at times, it looked way better when watching the movie than pictures posted online)

  • Griz

    THANK YOU so much for not giving this story to Matt Goldberg to write! I’m really sick and tired if his “This isn’t supposed to be how Superhero movies are made!” whine. All i want to read are quotes from the interview and the words “let’s make up our minds when it comes out and we all watch it in theaters”.

    That’s what i wanted for Avengers, that’s what i wanted for Green Lantern.

    • Kroz

      I wish that we’d all be able to spam every article that Goldberg writes with “Shut up, Goldberg!” comments

  • Tmo

    The best thing about Superman is that he WASN’T human. Why make him more?

    • Sean

      He’s interesting as an ALIEN because he looks like a human and has the emotions of a human and was raised by humans but has super powers.

      They aren’t talking about reducing his super powers. They’re talking about being realistic with his psychology and how the world would respond.

      • Sander


        A million times this.

      • Grayden

        Exactly. This is a very easy concept to wrap one’s head around but so many people just don’t get it. They see the Kryptonian, but never the human. He has two sides to his psyche, and to delve into the human side is the best thing for Superman. Smallville did this a lot and, to me, is why it was such a good show for so long.


        Sean and a very small percentage of people are the only ones who get what’s going on. Are a majority of people that DUMB?

  • dogg

    Any word on what version of Supe we’re going to get? The one who CAN’T breathe in space, lift a continent, fly faster than light would be refreshing. And god help us if he can erase people’s minds and wrap bad guys up with a cellophane “S” he rips from his chest.

    • Nope. You’re wrong.

      Snyder actually said recently in an interview that this Superman can’t lift a continent. I like that he can hold his breath is space, but I also agree with you that I prefer him when he can’t fly the speed of light.

  • Kara

    99% of the people of Superman’s Earth doesn’t know he’s an alien. They just think he’s a super powered human (like the gods of old) because they have no reason not to.

    • Um, Sure

      And if the point of making this film is to be “realistic”, I hope at some point humanity expresses a collective “Holy shit… there are aliens and THEY LOOK EXACTLY LIKE US.”

      Maybe in this “realistic” take on Superman they will explain why that happens to be the case. And if they choose to just ignore it, it’s not going to be very realistic will it?

  • DMcHugh

    None of this changes the Superman mythology, which has always had an inherent problem. Super man is well…SUPER. Except for kryptonite, he has NO weaknesses. You could collapse an entire skyscraper on him, bury him at the bottom of the ocean or throw him in a furnace and he’d STILL some out of it with nary a scratch. That makes room for ZERO tension and suspense because you’re never worried for his safety. It also makes him boring, “perfect” and with no real weaknesses. Since they seem to be doing it with every other super hero, they should have gone back and made some alterations in his origin story to accommodate this.

    • Nate H

      That’s exactly why Superman has been so hard to do effectively as a film (see Superman Returns as proof). It’s hard to have tension when you know he’s invincible. But as he grows up, he doesn’t know what the extent of his powers are, so that’s one cool thing to play with. How does Superman act before he knows how super his powers really are. Also, the perfect answer to this dilemma is General Zod and his lackeys. They’re Kryptonian and have the same powers. That presents a VERY real danger, because it’s their powers negate, so it’s essentially a Kansas farmboy fighting three military-trained killers. I don’t know about you, but if I fought three military men at once, I would probably get killed. So there’s going to be tension. Zod alone could kill Superman, let alone his other two subordinates piling on. Can’t wait!

      • Anonymous

        It’s not possible to kill Superman, if let’s say Zod snapped his neck, the healing properties of his cells would rearrange it back into place and he would regain counciousness in time.

        People forget that Superman IS theoretical physics and chemistry, for his alien cells reacted to the yellow Sun.

        I do not dislike the character for being Godlike and Immortal, I think he’s fracking cool, there can be lots of drama and tough choices he can be faced with, the interesting thing about Superman is how the aftermath of those choices would affect his psyche/morale/perceptions as well as its repercutions to planet Earth.

      • Anonymous

        I also hope they show how smart he is, his brain cells don’t die from blows to the head like us mere mortals, theoritically he should have the greatest memory ever as well as record breaking thinking speed, analysis,”tying knots” and conclusion making.

        Add to that Jor El’s Universe encyclopedia of knowledge that encompasses sciences, physics, psychology of the individuals of the known races, etc, and many more knowledge humans are oblivious to, Superman is fracking smart. That’s why Reeve’s mannerisms as Superman were perfect, a powerful being in control of his emotions, analytic and quick thinking. You’d have to have Luthor’s wickedness and resourcess to make him fall into a trap.

  • Jared

    It seems as though they’re taking the Joseph Campbell route of the reluctant hero, something that made Star Wars what it is (the original trilogy). While some people say that this film will be a Dark Knight type rehash, it’s not. Batman Saw that he had to do something, he knew he had to do something to combat the evils of Gotham; in this film they seem to show that Superman isn’t sure that he wants to bear the burden of the world. what if they don’t accept him because he’s not one of them? Not to mention Superman is actually going to have a decent fight for once in the films. The end of the JLU animated series did it well, showing just how powerful Superman is and what happens when he doesn’t hold back.

  • paul tracy

    you guys know that Superman is actually really real real, right?

  • The Blue Elephant

    “We’ve tried to make a Superman movie where he does stuff and you go, ‘Yeah, if I was Superman, that’s what I’d do”

    X-Ray vision on every hot chick you see? Yep, thats what I would do if I was Superman.

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  • Wega

    How did Superman shaved that beard? How does it work when you’re invulnerable?

    • tinypony

      I’m almost embarrassed I know this, but he bounces his heat vision off a reflective piece of his Kryptonian ship onto his face to burn off the hairs.

      • Hank

        Tinypony….I got that comic too!…damn how nerds are we???

    • Anonymous

      Watch Hancock, that’s a very plausible explanation.

  • Trent

    He uses a mirror to reflect his heat vision in order to shave…

    • Anonymous

      Physics 101 kid: The mirror would melt, thank you for participating.

      Probably it’s people like you who don’t think things twice that wrote Green Lantern, ho ho.

      • wha..wha..what?

        Forgive me, I hate the grammar nazi posters, however I’m compelled to respond. If you want to slam someone by trying to sound intelligent, don’t follow it up with gibberish.

      • Idiot

        He barely missed the “truth” of the issue. He reflects his Heat Vision off of a piece of his spaceship which is capable of withstanding the heat. You had no idea of this and rather than research it you chose to be a dick.


  • Travis

    Whether it was done well is a matter of opinion but a story where Superman is hunted by a government agency because of the potential threat he posed was the first episode of Lois and Clark. Lois and Clark also showed how Superman got rid of his facial hair. Lois and Clark also showed Clark use his super powers for everyday ‘real’ uses such as use his x ray vision to look at Lois shower and to look at Perry White’s cards while playing poker and using his powers to beat a pro basketball player.
    Not a lover of the Lois and Clark series but just saying, the themes have been done before on television.

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