Director Zack Snyder recently took some time out of his busy press schedule promoting Sucker Punch to talk a bit about that other movie he’s working on. Snyder says that the Superman reboot, set to star Henry Cavill as Clark Kent himself, will not be a direct sequel to any other Superman films, taking a page out of the Batman Begins book:
“Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies. If you look at Batman Begins, there’s that structure, there’s the canon that we know about and respect but on other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven’t been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.”
I’m thankful that Snyder’s approach will be wholly original, but I’m really hoping we don’t have to sit through another origin story. While Snyder was mum on other casting details (Diane Lane is set to play Martha Kent, while Kevin Costner is rumored to be taking on father Jonathan Kent), he did say that this time Superman would be throwing punches, unlike Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, saying “he’s a physical cat.”
When asked how his working relationship with producer Christopher Nolan has been going, Snyder responded thusly (via Hero Complex):
“It’s been really great. Chris is awesome. He’s super-respectful but super-helpful, too. You can’t imagine a more generous [collaborator]…once he sort of got what I want to do with it, he was like, ‘OK,’ and once he said, ‘You know what, that’s awesome,’ now he’s 100%. If I say, ‘What do you think of this?’ he’s like, ‘That’s awesome,’ and then there’s a great give-and-take about it, a great conversation that we can have about it and making it better everyday. And by the way he’s hilarious, too.”
Snyder also mentions that they’re probably going to have to unveil the Superman suit before they start filming. He’s all too aware that the suit will most likely be sighted on set and posted on the interwebs for all to see regardless.
No word on whether those reports that Viggo Mortensen will take on the role of General Zod are true or not. The article mentions that the likely title of the film will be Man of Steel, but it hasn’t been officially decided yet. To read the full interview, head over to Hero Complex. The Superman reboot is set to hit theaters December 2012.