MAN OF STEEL Director Zack Snyder Talks Superman’s Flying and His “Ancient” Approach to Designing Krypton

     April 26, 2013


While we all waited a long, long time to see the first footage from Man of Steel (especially given that the film started production in the fall of 2011), as the release date looms closer we’re starting to learn much more about Zack Snyder’s new take on Superman.  The director recently addressed the backlash he received when it was first announced that he would be directing the new Superman movie, and now a new interview has surfaced in which Snyder talks more specifically about how he approached the “Superman flying” scenes and creating the planet of Krypton.  In addition, he spoke about about the first time he saw Henry Cavill in the suit.  Hit the jump to read on.

man-of-steel-zack-snyder-henry-cavillSpeaking with SFX (via CBM), Snyder talked about how he crafted the scenes in Man of Steel in which Superman flies:

“It’s a more violent experience. It’s raw. It takes effort to do it, and that’s what we were really going for. It’s almost like there’s this kind of Right Stuff quality to it. He’s constantly booming around, accelerating. You think he’s going as fast as he can and then it’s like ‘Yeeaahh!’ He’s always got an extra gear he can use.”

We got quite a few good looks at the planet of Krypton in the most recent Man of Steel trailer, and the filmmaker spoke about his design for Superman’s home world:

“I really wanted my Krypton to be this kind of special place that’s immersive and totally different from Earth, but not unbelievable. And ancient. I really wanted to give this ancient feeling to Krypton. I love technology that’s rusty because it’s so old. It’s so advanced, but it’s so old. That was the kind of world that I tried to create. A dying world that’s ancient and torn apart.”

man-of-steel-henry-cavillFinally, Snyder described why Cavill was the right actor to step into Supes’ tights as he recounted a story about seeing the actor in the costume for the first time:

“God, he’s so Supermanish it’s crazy! There was a telling moment – we put him in the Christopher Reeve costume, because we didn’t have a suit yet, we just had the old spandex suit. He stepped out of the trailer and no one laughed. It’s the difference between being Superman and dressing up like Superman. If I’m dressed up like Superman it’s like a Halloween costume. If you’re Henry it’s your clothes. It’s awesome. Watch the movie and you’re like ‘Holy shit, that’s Superman.’ And it’s not weird or crazy, it’s just cool.”

Cavill does look great in the finished version of the costume, but we’ve yet to see much of his actual performance in the film’s trailers.  All will be revealed soon enough, though, as Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14th.

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  • tinypony

    I really think this is the right approach, to show the energy and the power that Superman has, when he flies. In the earlier movies they made Superman a hallowed, untouchable thing, which is not Superman.
    Give me violent and raw Superman over biblical Superman any day.

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    • Rich woa

      Yeah totally agree. It will be cool to see on screen.

    • Ray

      totally agree…and if you saw the trailer when he was flying and had the close-up of his face, his forehead vein was protruding (sorry if i’m over-analysing). never in any previous superman movie have i seen the actor seem like he was taking effort to fly. it was a good touch…

      • sosgemini

        Nothing at all like Hancock…ehh?

      • ScaredForMovies

        Nobody but you remembers Hancock.

    • Andrew

      Lost count how many times i’ve watched the trailers.
      June can’t get here quick enough!!

  • jbug

    This is definitely the way to go. Almost every manifestation of Superman neglects his superspeed, which is his most deadly and key power (he’s almost as fast as the flash). There is no reason why when he is flying or fighting that he should not be using this speed. It looked so right on in the trailer when he was flying and punch at what looked like a much faster speed than what we’ve seen before. I also love that it is not being presented in slow motion to slow it down for the audience. Audience awareness would definitely detract from the grittiness of the movie. I also couldn’t agree more with Snyder that blue should always be accelerating and giving his flight more juice. It has a great sense of realism to it, while at the same time get’s me really pumped up as part of the audience.

    This is not to knock the beauty and reverence of the Singer movie, which was a solid take except for the plot.

  • Ricardo Cantoral

    Every bit of news about this film has been painful. Superman has been driven away from his roots as the optomistic protector of earth to some inhuman melancholy creature like Dr. Manhattan.

    • Grayden

      Not at all. If anything, I would say Superman has been driven towards his roots as a symbol for hope, at least by the looks of the final trailer. What Snyder and Co. have done is given Superman an origin in a world that is reacting in realistic way. Sorry, but the fantastical world in which Donner placed his Superman was one where this guy shows up, does amazing things, and saves people; And NO ONE questions where he came from or why. He’s totally kosher to the populace. That was a comic book movie. Man of Steel is more of a graphic novel movie. There’s more realism given to the material so that we, the audience, can relate to it more. It’s the “first contact” thread of this amazing mythos that we’ve never seen or dealt with. It’s the first outing, so of course they aren’t going to make their Superman be a ‘Chatty Cathy’ with everyone as they try to reconcile the fact that they aren’t alone in the universe and are under attack by super-powered beings. There are deeper emotions and psychological aspects to this story and it’s about damn time a director/studio took that route with these characters. The cartoony, comic book characterization had it’s time, and all respect given, but audiences want a grown-up vision for their heroes. The age we live in demands it. Stop categorizing Superman by the ’78 film, and realize there is 75 years of comics, iteration, stories, etc that in every way possible have described, explained, and portrayed Superman.


      Campy Superman films have been done already, just go watch those since that’s what you want. This is a different take on Superman and most likely, it’ll probably be the best one. A realistic take on any superhero is the way to go. No one wants that silly, campy shit anymore.

      • dudu

        I’d still take the campy spiderman to the gritty one. Webslinging looks way better that way.

    • Alex

      Except for the fact that Alan Moore based Dr. Manhatten on the human perspective on if Superman actually existed ? Also Dr. Manhatten’s emotional base deteriorated throughout the course of the graphic novel adding to the subplot of his character, all the trailers thus far seem to point to a very guarded and emotional superman incarnation.

  • Ricardo Cantoral

    Alex, that’s exactly what I am getting from the news of this film. A Manhattan in Supes clothing. His alienation and brooding is not unlike Manhattan. As for all this bull shit about Superman having to be relatable to today’s unimaginative and cynical generation, I am glad I am being the rebel and demanding fantasy. Shoot me for a demandong a heroic superhero.

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    • Jack

      Hear hear!!

    • amg907

      Bang bang*

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