Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming Man of Steel, has recently been doing press work for the Blu-ray re-release of the ‘Ultimate Cut’ of 2009′s Watchmen. The guys over at The LA Times managed to probe Snyder on his vision for next year’s Superman film.
When asked on the tone of the film, Snyder said:
“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 characer seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you’re going to see a Superman you’ve never seen before.” When asked on what the link will be to the previous Superman films, he added, “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 honour 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.“
It was already known that the film would be treated as a stand alone adventure, with no ties to the previous Superman films, although it’s good to have Snyder talk about the fondness he has for the character. Whilst not my particular favorite superhero, there’s no denying that Superman is arguably the most famous of all superheroes — the ‘king-daddy’ as Snyder puts it.#mce_temp_url#
With a June 14th, 2013, release date, expect to be hearing a lot more about Man of Steel in the next six months or so. The film stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as the iconic General Zod, with supporting roles from Kevin Coster as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El and Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Herry Lennix, Michael Kelly and Richard Shiff filling out the cast. Written by David S. Goyer, with Christopher Nolan as a producer, the film has the potential to really relaunch the presumed dead Superman franchise.