Zack Snyder Talks Serious Approach to Superman in MAN OF STEEL

     November 12, 2012


One of the biggest films set for release in 2013 is undoubtedly director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel, but the pic is also one of the bigger question marks of next year.  Other than one image and a brief teaser trailer, we still know very little about Snyder’s approach to the legendary comic book character.  Producer Christopher Nolan’s influence was apparent in that first trailer (and even moreso in the footage that was shown at Comic-Con), and Snyder recently spoke briefly about crafting a serious version of Superman in Man of Steel.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

man of steel poster comic conSpeaking with the L.A. Times, Snyder talked briefly about tackling one of the biggest characters in comic book history:

“It’s a more serious version of Superman. It’s not like a heart attack. We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you’re going to see a Superman you’ve never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made. He’s the king-daddy. Honestly that’s why I wanted to do it. I’m interested in Superman because he’s the father of all superheroes. He’s this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology? What we‘ve made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It’s been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully.”

Snyder is obviously aware of the fact that he’s reinterpreting a pop culture icon, and I’m interested to see how his examination of the allure of Superman plays out in the full film.  Hopefully we get a new trailer soon, in front of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey perhaps?  Man of Steel opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX on June 14th, 2013.


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  • sense 11

    Cant Wait

    • Anonymous

      Hopefully this one will exclude a slow motion shot of Superman’s eye smashing a bullet…

  • Sam

    Saw the leaked Comic con trailer, even though it was average quality it gave me goosebumps! Can’t wait for an extended trailer soon! Those teasers teased way to much hahaha

  • Brett

    Pumped for this!

  • Brett

    Especially since this seems to be the movie Superman deserves. Finally. All the previous Superman movies have sucked.

    • Chad

      I guess you haven’t seen Donner’s original 1978 version, since that’s still considered one of the best superhero films ever made, and is in fact a fantastic film.

      So, not finally… because we already have a movie Superman deserves and is true to the character and comics.

      • dogg

        And if Henry Cavill is half as good as Christopher Reeve, I’ll be impressed.

      • Ben

        I actually think Cavill has just the right look/chops for Superman (so did Routh, imo)… The casting in this film is great. But so was the casting for Watchmen/Suckerpunch and those were increasing degrees of totally crappy.

      • Brett

        I have seen it. It blows.

      • Greg

        I really can’t see why anyone thinks the 78 Superman is even good, let alone great. I was 12 when it came out and I thought it was dumb then. Ned Beatty? Valerie Perrine? Gene Hackman’s enormous talent completely wasted on corny writing? The lamest time reversal scheme / plot hole ever contrived? “Whoa, Jim! That is a bad outfit!”? Sorry to anyone who liked any of that stuff, but the movie was WEAK.

      • losersontheinternet

        Greg you’re a tool-bag. Superman the movie is classic and has not been topped for 30 plus years by ANY movie so your nothing opinion does not matter. Go worship modern puke like you will.

  • Why God?

    Chris Nolan is just a goddamn idiot “what if like superman were real? Like what if an invincible superstrong space alien who can fly and shoot laserbeams from his eyes were actually a thing in the world? It’s important to make it realistic because…because….ummm….errrm…well it…errm…well because people don’t realize that this isn’t realistic so we should make it realistic or something. Like my batmanz film. It was important to make it realistic because it showed that if somebody was really batman they’d want to retire eventually, which is a statement on…ummm….errm…well like that you should make films realistic because realism is important for some reason like how batman realistically survives a six megaton explosion and realistically heals himself after having his spine severed. A derp a derp a tiddly derp derp.

    • Jeff

      Someone is just a tiny bit bitter eh?

      • Why God?

        Okay, explain to me the point of Nolan’s realistic approach? Or are you going to just make snide comments? We all know that there’s no counter argument to what I said because Nolan never had any idea of what he was trying to accomplish with his “realistic” batman films. He hornswoggled dumb fanboys who don’t understand film but wanted to valid the pathetic years they wasted on reading batman comics. These stories are stupid and silly to begin with and saying that I want to “elevate” comic books to art is misguided at best and pure hubris at worst. Its the worse kind of nerd/fanboy wankery.

    • >_>

      Not sure if trolling, or a bad parody of Nolan haters…

      • losersontheinternet

        STFU you drone. “Trolling” loser terminalogy from masturbating nerds online.

      • J

        ironically stupid comment by a troll. you got a response though, so you win, you winner, you.

    • Weeks

      Newsflash: The movie isn’t out yet.

    • Donovan McLean

      First of all, as most critics, filmmakers and film academics consider Nolan and what he has done to be very good / important, I think your comment “He hornswoggled dumb fanboys who don’t understand film” is unfounded and difficult to defend at best, I mean maybe you can make an argument for it like you can make an argument for us never having landed on the moon, but you’d have to be about that crazy to believe it. Could he have done things better? Sure, but he has accomplished something which the filmmaking community,( a group which DOES understand film ) considers to be very impressive.

      Secondly, stylization and realism are elements of a director’s aesthetic and are important in determining the tone of a film and what the audience can take away from and feel during the film. Your comment about elevating the genre to art, implying that it is a bad thing, is a bit odd. Treating a topic seriously and approaching it from a realistic stand point can create an opportunity to discuss deeper themes and allow the truth of the fiction to really resonate. I’m reminded of how westerns were considered goofy, silly B-movies until John Ford did with Stagecoach what Nolan has done with the Batman films. He took something no one treated seriously and approached it as a serious task, concerning himself with realism and depth. Now, those are just choices and if you’d rather watch Joel Shumacher’s cartoonish versions or Texas Terror (1935) by all means go ahead, but just realize that most people want to watch films with which they can resonate and the way this most often happens is by making a film which people can by into. And that is done using realism. I don’t think any of that was snide, D!ck. Other than that last part there.

      • Donovan McLean

        *buy into…

    • Zack

      You’re a douchebag. No one else was going to say it so I did. I won’t return to these comments but damn you’re a total douchebag.

    • habsfan86

      there’s no counter argument because you dont make a point with your argument. It was just a whole bunch of bitching from a former A.D. that got shitcanned by Nolan. Honestly mate, you dont make a single point other than you hate Nolan, sucks to be you. Just a cliched troll trying to enlighten all of us poor folks that have been tricked by christopher Nolan. Have you ever read a comic book before? have you read batman comic books before? No eh, well then you should prob STFU when you dont know what youre talking about, considering a large amount of Nolan’s batman was taken directly form the pages of the comics. In the words of christian bale, ” Fuck sakes man you’re amateur”

  • Moe

    Well in reality, comic books themselves take place in a real world….a made up real world, but its not like many superhero books done in the last decade or two have been silly nonsense…generally Superman is a good comic these days with a realistic slant. Its not all one liners and stuoidity. If you want a silly popcorn flick, watch Fantastic Four. I prefer to have Superman with some depth. Honestly Donner had Clark struggling with his identity in the 70s. I think some people just want to not like this. If it sucks ok…But at least wait for a finished product. Jeez.

    • Why God?

      Nolan’s films were silly nonsense but took themselves uber-seriously. Which makes them pretentious. A far worse sin in my book than mere silliness.

      • Mr. Mister

        Going by your comments I think you watched Inception, most pretencious, convoluted and boring film I’ve seen in years.

  • Hmmm

    @Why God?

    Not sure if trolling, or a bad parody of Nolan haters…

    • Why God?

      Nolan’s an awful filmmaker. How is that trolling? It’s not like I’m ragging on the Godfather or the Beatles or something. Nolan’s far from perfect and his films are subpar.

      • Sean

        You are in the minority opinion. You’re stating your contrarian opinion repeatedly and boldly, but not really explaining why his films are subpar. That is considered trolling.

      • American patriot

        Why God is performing a service. It’s his right to say whatever he wants to and state whatever opinion he wants to. That’s what our forefather put into the constitution. It’s bullies like you who shouted down Romney’s message of freedom and got Obama elected.

      • Rebecca

        I don’t like Nolan at all. I have a feeling he will screw up Superman.

  • Strong Enough

    nothing worse than raging fan boys who don’t want there comics touched.

    the beauty of cinema is that directors can take something and adapt it to their own vision. that’s the whole point. if i wanted a comic superman i’d read a f*ckin comic. Plus we already saw that version on the screen and it sucked. Let someone else tackle it differently.

    be mad at something else like republicans trying to steal your girlfriends uterus

    • Brett

      Haha exactly.

      • Why God?

        Strong Enough are you Nolan’s girlfriend or something? People don’t hate Rises because they’re mad he ruined the character as portrayed in the comics. They hate it because it was a stupid story, horrificly written with piss-poor performances. If you like Rises you don’t know what a good movie is. It’s as simple as that.

  • keep it unreal

    If they were re-booting S-Man after the Avengers’ release, they would have taken an entirely different approach. This will be another Super One-Shot.

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  • Bill

    How about this: he accomplished not making a movie like Schumacher’s Batman and Robin. I’m sorry you are so angry about Nolan’s movies. Millions and millions of people worldwide love his movies whether you agree or not. One of the great things about some franchises like Batman or Bond is that different actor’s and directors can interpret them and give a fresh new perspective on the character. Already we have had three very different takes on Batman (Burton, Schumacher, and Nolan). I personally am excited to see where the character goes from here. I am sure we will get a different take from Nolan’s next time around. And they ARE just movies dude. Relax. If you hate Nolan so much just don’t watch his movies.

    • Mr. Mister

      Millions of people love Batman. Not Nolan’s films per se. There’s a difference between Nolan making Batman movies and how true Nolan films perform. Sure, Inception made money, but it’s still a lousy film.

  • losersontheinternet

    STFU you drone. \"Trolling\" loser terminalogy from masturbating nerds online.

  • losersontheinternet

    Oh, also nice click scam as this is hardly news. Snyder said a bunch of cliche comments. “No one has ever done this before” this is like no other….bla bla bla.

    Give us SOME FOOTAGE.

    • Rebecca

      I can’t stand Zack Snyder, he is one of the worst directors in Hollywood and is the worst choice 4 a Superman movie

    • Duder NME

      This. Not sure if footage reminiscent of “Deadliest Catch” constitutes a phrase as “no one has ever done this before”. Unless Supes catches Jaws with his bare hands… hey, two Williams themes for the price of one!

      But honestly, “serious” and “realistic”? I suppose words like “believable” and “plausible” are just for Scrabble champions.

  • Rebecca

    I like Henry Cavill but he doesn’t look like Superman, sorry.

  • Michael Horne

    Lots of opinions, mostly about Batman… So, let’s go back to Superman. It has promise. The trailer shows promise. Snyder has promise as a director and a promising star in Cavill. Only time will tell whether the film is any good or not. The only thing I can say to the whole “taking it seriously” approach: Well, one hopes that a director _is_ taking it seriously, considering the fanbase. Just imagine how well Transformers would have turned out if someone had taken _that_ seriously!

  • Kyle

    @Why God?

    It almost seems as if the only Nolan film you’ve ever seen is The Dark Knight Rises and can somehow justify your stance on him based solely on that film. Have you seen ANY of his films besides that one? Following? Momento? Insomnia? Or did you become a hater right after The Dark Knight?

  • gantauer

    When they write ‘serious’ in the same sentience as ‘Nolan’ I hope they don’t mean ‘boring’ and ‘soul-less’.

  • Django9000

    The only thing that could really get me super excited would be hearing Zack Snyder utter these words:

    ” I essentially had to go back and learn the basics, from the history of film-making. ”

    Until he says that, I will expect exZacktly what he’s offered previously.
    (This is also a low-expectations tactic , just in case this film is any good.)

  • sense 11

    Why is Joel Shumacher always Nolan hating on here, we all know who you are and yes we still H8 you

  • Chris Nolan is a Fraud

    The line must be drawn here. The only one of Nolan’s films I liked was The Dark Knight. If we don’t shout down the idiots who consider Dark Knight Rises genuine art then we’ve lost a key battle in the quest to preserve artistic integrity. Nolan’s films are meaningless. I open the floor to anyone especially that idiot up top who said that realism allows for the themes to connect to the audience: I propose this question to you, what are Nolan’s themes. What statement is The Dark Knight Rises making? Bullshit is what.

    • Rebecca

      I’m not a big fan of Chris Nolan or Zack Snyder.They ruined Superman 4 me

  • Moe

    I am beyond amazed at a person being so jealous of Nolan that they would post under several different names to try and support his own delusions.

    Nolan’s Inception sucked so badly that it was noiminated for a few Academy Awards and made a billion dollars. It was an excellent film. Dark Knight Rises was excellent as well. Problem is it had to live in the shadow of TDK and a timeless Heath Ledger performance.

    I’m not sure if this person was a schoolmate of Nolan’s who has never done anything of note, or just a wanna be director who who can’t get noticed….but you aound like an insecure little kid who just got showed up on the playground. Learn from those around you. Bitterness will get you nowhere.

  • Moe

    I am beyond amazed at a person being so jealous of Nolan that they would post under several different names to try and support his own delusions.

    Nolan\’s Inception sucked so badly that it was noiminated for a few Academy Awards and made a billion dollars. It was an excellent film. Dark Knight Rises was excellent as well. Problem is it had to live in the shadow of TDK and a timeless Heath Ledger performance.

    I\’m not sure if this person was a schoolmate of Nolan\’s who has never done anything of note, or just a wanna be director who who can\’t get noticed….but you aound like an insecure little kid who just got showed up on the playground. Learn from those around you. Bitterness will get you nowhere.

    • You’re delusional

      Several different people posted about their hate of Nolan. Get over it.

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  • gayforzacksnyder

    Its kinda hard to imagine myself watching any transporter sequel, the series ‘lost’, ‘heroes’ after season 2, and I have only seen superman returns once. My point is that for someone who hates not just one or two nolan movies but nolan as a film maker, U seem to spend an awful lotta time watching movies made by him. Nolan is the single most intelligent film maker I’v ever seen, and I have not seen a super heroe movie better than TDK, ever. I don’t even think man of steel can top it. Not cos it’ll suck but cos TDK was the perfectly made film, I’m personally sick of directors hiding under the cloak of making a sci-fi, fantasy, or superheroe nmovie to try bamboozling us with some unbelievable bullshit. Nolan has been the only one to make what we see in the comics and animated series believable. Comon dude, he explained why batmans eyes glow white when he wears the costumes, and it was believable. What more do u want?