Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL to Be Post-Converted to 3D; Plus a New Synopsis [Update: Maybe Not]

     July 9, 2012


In a move that’s not exactly surprising, it appears that Warner Bros. has decided to post-convert director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel to 3D.  A page is currently up on the IMAX website touting “Man of Steel: An IMAX 3D Experience,” but a statement from the filmmakers or any other information about the 3D Supes has yet to come to light.  We’ve literally seen one image and a logo for Man of Steel, so the film’s Hall H panel is one of the most anticipated of this week’s Comic-Con 2012.

Christopher Nolan has had a heavy hand in the production as a producer, and a hint as to just how involved he’s been came with news that Nolan’s frequent collaborator Hans Zimmer would be composing the score for Man of Steel, making this Snyder’s first film without Tyler Bates.  Hit the jump for more, including a new synopsis. [Update:  IMAX has informed us that the 3D release for Man of Steel was an inputting error and they've since taken the page down.  Variety's Josh Dickey reports via Twitter that Warner Bros. is still contemplating whether or not to post-convert the film to 3D, and a final decision has yet to be made.]

superman-man-of-steel-movie-image-henry-cavillThough it’s definitely not a shock that a major studio release is being given the 3D treatment, one has to wonder why the pic wasn’t shot in 3D in the first place.  I’m not sure if Snyder shot in film or digital, but given Nolan’s die-hard devotion to the former it’s possible that they shot on film and planned on post-converting all along. With just under a year of post-production left until release, a genuinely good post-conversion is probable.  One assumes Snyder has cooked up some intense actions sequences, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued by the promise of seeing Superman fly around and throw punches (he has to punch people this time, right?) in some well-crafted 3D.

For those unaware, Henry Cavill dons the tights this time around with Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishbourne rounding out the main cast.  Check back later this week for our full recap of the film’s Comic-Con panel (hopefully with our reactions to the first footage).  Man of Steel opens, now in three dimensions, on June 14th, 2013.  Read a new synopsis, via the IMAX site, below.

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question ‘Why am I here?’ Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman.

The IMAX release of Man of Steel will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.


  • Fist-O-Pain

    I want a trailer!!

  • Pocketses

    Serious ball dropping is going on at Warner if they manage to release The Dark Knight Rises without a Superman Trailer AND a NEW Hobbit Trailer. Their two biggest films after Batman finishes up…

    I’m expecting it, hope to hear good Man of Steel things after SDCC this week, hopefully some leaked footage…

    • John

      I’m pretty sure those are going to be the two trailers attached to TDKR. A new Hobbit trailer coming has already been confirmed. And I assume the first teaser of MoS will be on TDKR. Probably follow the usual WB path. Teaser on TDKR, 1st trailer on Hobbit, and then the 2nd trailer I don’t know. I would say Iron Man 3 but MoS is coming out in June so it’s kinda too close.

      Also WB likes to do combo trailers for their teasers. Wouldn’t be surprised if we get like a minute-minute and a half teaser to MoS and a minute and a half to something else. Maybe Cloud Atlas? Or it could be a shorter trailer for something we’ve already seen. I know with HP last year the trailers on that were a new Sherlock Holmes and the TDKR teaser but they also had a short Crazy Stupid Love trailer on that too.

      • Eric Nixon

        There’s really no excuse for there not to be a Man of Steel trailer in front of TDKR. They’ve been working on for a year. Movies, not movies this huge, but movies have been filmed, edited, and released in less time. There’s no real reason they can’t piece together two and a half minutes.

  • the big kahuna

    I’m pretty sure they shot on film. If you go on youtube and look at the voyeur video of zack snyder directing a scene on a helipad, the camera they used was a film camera.

  • Robby

    If there was any doubt that this was suck like a vacuum cleaner, here it is. 3D. wankers.

  • Griz

    The “will he punch something” question had me very excited for this movie.

    Then, after watching Sucker Punch . . . .i became very afraid for its prospects.

    And after watching Henry Cavill’s acting in Immortals . . . . i’m scared shitless.

    • will

      Snyder’s direction in Sucker Punch wasn’t the problem; it was his godawful script that made no sense and came off as a wannabe Inception with the flimsiest of character motivations. Man of Steel was written by David Goyer, who for all his crappy movies gave us a great origin story in Batman Begins. As long as Snyder doesn’t dip into his usual excesses, Man of Steel will probably at least be competent, if not good.

      • tarek

        You mean the Goyer who scripted the god-awful Ghost Rider 2 ? Man! even my grandma can write a better script half asleep.

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  • Nomis1700

    I don’t believe it. Just because it is said on a site doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. For the matter of fact, back in the day TDKR was called Batman 3 it was said to be released in 3D on that site too. Extremely false of course.
    Now I would be hypocrite to say that it really won’t happen. Their post-produciton schedule is still REALLY long so a proper post-conversion to 3D would be achievable. But I don’t really like the fact that they’re really post-converting it then… I hope Snyder shot on film, but I find it much more likely that he shot digital like he always does. And I still very much hope he shot some of the film with IMAX camera’s but Im doubting that more and more when the time passes by every time we don’t hear anything official on it.

    I’m very curious at MOS, I’d like to see what they have in stores for is with the teaser and hopefully also a teaser poster (not just the symbol again ;)).

    • MGS

      All of Snyder’s movies have been shot on film, probably due to his overuse of slow-motion. High-Speed Digital cameras weren’t really available up until Watchmen, which was still all film.
      The set-photos that have been released so far clearly show 35mm-filmcameras (Panavision XLs and Arriflex 235s, to be precise).
      He tends to use rather extreme digital color correction though…

  • sense 11

    I hope they have a teaser attached to TDKR

  • Eric Nixon

    I hope this makes them some extra money. Lots and lots of extra money. That said, I’ll be seeing in 2D, as I do every other movie.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    So post 3D AND a nice little ad at the bottom for post Imax too. I’ll be seeing it in regular 2D, the money grabbing gits, they’ll do anything to hike the price of the ticket up.

  • J.Bradley

    Everytime I see a behind-the-scenes photo there’s somebody in a mo-cap suit, so this will probably be heavily composited and no need to shoot it native anyway. They’re getting better at post conversion, bring the 3D right at us. Frankly, I’m getting bored by the movies that aren’t in the format

  • thaRiddler

    NOOOOO!!! Dammit NO!

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  • pessimist

    Post 3D… that’s all it needs!
    would have made sense to have SM fly over the audience in real 3D

    And Nolan said after TDKR he’s finished with comic book movies so maybe he’s pulling out of MOS

    Don’t need to be a math genius to determine it’s all adding up to a big fat zero

    Darn that Luthor!

    Reboot 3 anyone?

    Or why not reboot the brass at Warner Bros instead?

  • Joe

    Anyone get the impression that Zack is Chris’ biatch on this Superman movie?

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      • Joe

        A real charmer. Nice to know I have a stalker.
        Now run along kid.

  • Phil Beta

    Forget 3D. Go film. Digital looks like pixel disposal.

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  • Chris138

    With a great cast and the involvement of Christopher Nolan this would usually be something I would be very anxious to see. The one thing keeping me skeptical of it all? Zack Snyder.

  • Vin more 3d ..pleaseeee

  • Ryan

    This is not the first film without Tyler Bates. His Legend of the Guardians wasn’t scored by Bates, but the inferior Hirschfelder.

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  • nkutzler

    Hans Zimmer… now I really can’t wait to see this movie. Well, I’ll start with a trailer.

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  • Love

    WHOOHOO!!!! I have been waiting for this for so long!! I am tlilhred that you have the film, but alas while I will see it probably about 10 times at your theater Opening night is for IMAX!!! You will see me the next day over and over and over LOL!! I am so happy about Harry and that YOU ARE THE BEST cinema around !!

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