Snyder talks Man of Steel and Justice League
Zach Snyder, director of Man of Steel, recently sat down with the New York Post to talk about where the film has taken him and where it might lead in the future.
Essentially, Man of Steel serves to reboot the film version of Superman. The previous attempt at a Superman film, which intended to continue the saga started in the Christopher Reeve films, was a disappointing flop, so here we start fresh, as the film follows a Superman much closer to the character in the new comics.
The new Superman is a bit more moody and a somewhat of a loner, marking a huge shift from the previously canonical cheery and happy-to-help Superman of yore. Superman is an alien, and now he finally feels it - incapable of truly relating to any of the people around him. Expect to see star Henry Cavill’s Superman smile less, with barely any banter with bad guys, at least compared to previous Superman films.
When asked about the new tone, Snyder says, "We tried to approach this as though there’s never been a Superman movie before, but at the same time respecting the canon and mythology. There are the pillars that you have to respect, and I’m not about to break them. But it is fun for me to bend them and mess with them."
He then commented on what it's like to work with director Christopher Nolan, who was brought in as a producer and creative consultant on Man of Steel, after successfully renewing the Batman franchise over the last decade. "There’s a logic and concreteness that has to exist with Chris. You can’t just do stuff because it’s cool. He demands that there be story and character behind all of it, which I’m a big fan of.”
He went on to reveal that the story will attempt to make a more scientific, or at least verisimilar, explanation of Superman's origins and powers, rather then leaving it unexplained or left essentially as a form of magic.
"Traditional Superman fans know what it’s all about, and they will hopefully love and associate with the character anyway. But the people who aren’t die-hard Superman fans still need to associate with the character, and that needs to have some realism in today’s world, certainly, in sense of a science as opposed to mythology attached to it as well."
Snyder was also asked about plans for a Justice League film.
“We approach the film as a single endeavor,” he says. “There are a lot of gears that have to turn in the world of commerce and the world of the mythology we create to facilitate more adventures for this character. We’ll see what happens.”
“I don’t know how ‘Justice League’ is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t,” Snyder says. “But ‘The Man of Steel’ exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that.”
The answer seems more than a little enigmatic, but could be hinting that Warner Bros. wants Snyder to manage a DC version of the success Disney is having with their connected Marvel franchises. We'll have to see his take on Superman before we'll know if that would be a good thing.
You can check out the entire interview, which includes discussion of Superman's new costume.
The synopsis for the film is as follows:
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.
Man of Steel remains on track to hit theaters on June 14, 2013.