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Zack Snyder drops info on Man of Steel, including the film being "on course" for Justice League

Nov. 26, 2012by: Paul Shirey

In a few weeks we'll have our first look at the full trailer for MAN OF STEEL, the next iteration of Superman on the big screen as directed by Zack Snyder and embodied by actor Henry Cavill.  The teaser was a nice warm up, but I think we're all waiting to breathe a sigh of relief in the hopes of a downright awesome adaptation, which still hangs in the balance as of right now.  I don't think anyone has made a sure bet just yet.  Snyder and Cavill recently spoke to the NY Post, talking about various aspects of the film, from the costume, the mythology, working with Christopher Nolan, the realism, and the film's ties to the recently announced JUSTICE LEAGUE film set for 2015.

Snyder on the mythology and approach:

“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,” said Snyder.  “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.”

Snyder on working with Christopher Nolan:

“There’s a logic and concreteness that has to exist with Chris,” Snyder says. “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.”

Cavill on the "realism" of the film:

“I liked the idea of the realism immediately,” Cavill said. “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 on the costume (and lack of briefs):

“The costume was a big deal for me, and we played around for a long time,” said Snyder. “I tried like crazy to keep the red briefs on him. Everyone else said, ‘You can’t have the briefs on him.’ I looked at probably 1,500 versions of the costumes with the briefs on.”

“If you look at the costume, it’s very modern, but the relationship to the original costume is strong,” Snyder says. “You come onto a project like this, and you hear about modernization and you hear about bringing things forward to today, and all you can do is hope that it’s going to look cool and different from anything you’ve seen before.”

Snyder on the "big picture":

“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.”

Snyder on how Man of Steel fits in with Justice League:

“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.”

Snyder on whether or not the studio wanted MAN OF STEEL to be integrated into a larger universe:

“Um, how can I answer that?” he wonders. “I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.”

Cryptic, but telling.  I would not be surprised if there weren't some "late in the game" tweaks to blend MAN OF STEEL into the JUSTICE LEAGUE timeline, given the recent announcement for the latter's release date in 2015.  Perhaps it was planned all along, but the emphasis couldn't be more important than now, seeing as the path is most certainly set.  Will Cavill play Supes in JUSTICE LEAGUE?  I would surely bet on it.  I couldn't imagine how they'd do it without him at this juncture.  It would just seem weird and intrusive. 

Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL, starring Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Christopher Meloni takes to the skies on June 14, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Do you think it would be weird to have someone other than Cavill play Superman in the Justice League film?
Source: NY Post

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10:03PM on 11/26/2012

This is what I will...

never understand about Nolan, yes, you want a touch of realism, and that was great in Batman, because it's a dude in armor fighting crime. But how fucking real is it when you have a fucking indestructible super-strong alien that flies around freezing shit with his breath and shooting lasers from his eyes? The whole DC schtic is about un-reality, Gotham, Metropolis, Smallville, Star City. All imaginary places, made up to take a generation far from where they lived. To make it "real" is a crime.
never understand about Nolan, yes, you want a touch of realism, and that was great in Batman, because it's a dude in armor fighting crime. But how fucking real is it when you have a fucking indestructible super-strong alien that flies around freezing shit with his breath and shooting lasers from his eyes? The whole DC schtic is about un-reality, Gotham, Metropolis, Smallville, Star City. All imaginary places, made up to take a generation far from where they lived. To make it "real" is a crime. Thank God for the really small tie in in DKR, once you get a good script and good performances it will shine, doesn't have to be perfect, just really well done and fun as hell.
Regarding the red underwear, if it didn't work it didn't work. But almost every comic iteration has red undies. I think it was just to add more red to the costume. Some how Big blue and red strikes a patriotic vein in many.
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4:24AM on 11/27/2012
It's real when the only thing that person want's to be....is human.
It's real when the only thing that person want's to be....is human.
5:11AM on 11/27/2012
I think by the time we see Clark Kent die he no longer has such dreams, he has accepted the fact that he will never be human, that he was meant to something grander than to be just human. And hat is because the character really has evolved with the audience. The best Super-man script was the All-star Superman script, hands down. It shows empathy for the human race yet acceptance that he is not part of it.
I think by the time we see Clark Kent die he no longer has such dreams, he has accepted the fact that he will never be human, that he was meant to something grander than to be just human. And hat is because the character really has evolved with the audience. The best Super-man script was the All-star Superman script, hands down. It shows empathy for the human race yet acceptance that he is not part of it.
6:55PM on 11/26/2012
I still don't know how and why you would want to add realism to Superman. Unless you're talking about Lois and Clark writing a blog instead of working for the Daily Planet, since most people don't read newspapers anymore.
I still don't know how and why you would want to add realism to Superman. Unless you're talking about Lois and Clark writing a blog instead of working for the Daily Planet, since most people don't read newspapers anymore.
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5:19PM on 11/26/2012
You can't really say the trailer makes the movie look boring cause it really is as teaser as it gets. I actually almost prefer NOT seeing Superman fly upwards in the last shot. I kinda would have prefered a hero shot of the kid then the Superman logo with "Man of Steel". Maybe that's just me. That aside, I will give this film a chance but I do agree that while I understand they want to ground this movie within reality like Nolans Batman, you are talking about an ALIEN from ANOTHER PLANET. Like
You can't really say the trailer makes the movie look boring cause it really is as teaser as it gets. I actually almost prefer NOT seeing Superman fly upwards in the last shot. I kinda would have prefered a hero shot of the kid then the Superman logo with "Man of Steel". Maybe that's just me. That aside, I will give this film a chance but I do agree that while I understand they want to ground this movie within reality like Nolans Batman, you are talking about an ALIEN from ANOTHER PLANET. Like someone else here wrote, Marvel keeps some of the fantasy because you need it where as Nolans Batman can get away with a more human world simply because he's a billionaire with hi-tech gadgets. You can't do that for Aquaman, or Flash, or Wonder Woman or most DC hero's. Aside from Green Arrow and the select few athletic and smart humans, DC and Marvel will always have that "fantasy" aspect that also needs to be respected along with realism.
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2:44PM on 11/26/2012

Ho-Hum

Zack Snyder has made some pretty epic films, 300 for example. Just real artistic visual pieces. So i know he is a capable director. The teaser trailer for Man of Steel just plain sucks. Super Man as a character is kinda lame to begin with. Nothing against Cavill. I am sure he'll be good. But since he got this gig, they should copy the Marvel formula in keeping him for Justice League. I doubt they'll get Christian bale to bring back Bats. In the Nolan-verse, Bale was pretty much done
Zack Snyder has made some pretty epic films, 300 for example. Just real artistic visual pieces. So i know he is a capable director. The teaser trailer for Man of Steel just plain sucks. Super Man as a character is kinda lame to begin with. Nothing against Cavill. I am sure he'll be good. But since he got this gig, they should copy the Marvel formula in keeping him for Justice League. I doubt they'll get Christian bale to bring back Bats. In the Nolan-verse, Bale was pretty much done over the course of his three films.
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2:30PM on 11/26/2012

Looks boring...

I can't put my finger on it but everything I have seen and heard so far sounds boring. This is a character who defines "SUPER Hero" and yet they want to ground him in reality? How will that look when Darkseide or any other "SUPER villain" gets involved with these movies? Sure there are obvious human villains but even Marvel realized you have to have more fantasy than reality to make movies like this work. It only worked for Batman because he was human and relied on gadgets and brainpower. His
I can't put my finger on it but everything I have seen and heard so far sounds boring. This is a character who defines "SUPER Hero" and yet they want to ground him in reality? How will that look when Darkseide or any other "SUPER villain" gets involved with these movies? Sure there are obvious human villains but even Marvel realized you have to have more fantasy than reality to make movies like this work. It only worked for Batman because he was human and relied on gadgets and brainpower. His comic is dark and gritty and tries to be reality based. Supermans does not. Especially with the new 53 blegh.
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11:41AM on 11/26/2012
Snyder says, ďThere are the pillars that you have to respect, and Iím not about to break them. But it is fun for me to bend them and mess with them," and he mentions that a film-maker must respect canon. I hope that he does what he says. Superman's legend is a very familair story, so a person does well when he makes the story new by bending and experimentation. However, beloved supertales just are not right when a director or studio do not respect source material: Green Lantern, Jonah Hex,
Snyder says, ďThere are the pillars that you have to respect, and Iím not about to break them. But it is fun for me to bend them and mess with them," and he mentions that a film-maker must respect canon. I hope that he does what he says. Superman's legend is a very familair story, so a person does well when he makes the story new by bending and experimentation. However, beloved supertales just are not right when a director or studio do not respect source material: Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, Elektra, The Amazing Spider-Man, Ghost Rider.
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12:22PM on 11/26/2012
Green Lantern and Jonah Hex are bad movies because they are poorly made movies, not because they did not adhere to canon that is only relevant to comic fans, and would have been just as bad of movies for the rest of the movie going public if they were line for line from the comics.
Green Lantern and Jonah Hex are bad movies because they are poorly made movies, not because they did not adhere to canon that is only relevant to comic fans, and would have been just as bad of movies for the rest of the movie going public if they were line for line from the comics.
11:20AM on 11/26/2012
Snyder says. ďYou canít just do stuff because itís cool. He demands that there be story and character behind all of it, which Iím a big fan of.Ē

Really Snyder cause SUCKER PUNCH would beg to differ. ;)

I'm glad Nolan has put you on the path.
Snyder says. ďYou canít just do stuff because itís cool. He demands that there be story and character behind all of it, which Iím a big fan of.Ē

Really Snyder cause SUCKER PUNCH would beg to differ. ;)

I'm glad Nolan has put you on the path.
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11:36AM on 11/26/2012
Sucker Punch had a story and character. It just wasn't sure if it was a musical or not.
Sucker Punch had a story and character. It just wasn't sure if it was a musical or not.
7:23PM on 11/26/2012
Now I'm double commenting? This website doesn't mix w my phone...
Now I'm double commenting? This website doesn't mix w my phone...
7:23PM on 11/26/2012
You posted EXACTLY what I was about to...
You posted EXACTLY what I was about to...
10:53PM on 11/26/2012
Should be glad Nolan put him on the path, because Snyder's style is doing stuff because its cool. 300 - cool, Watchmen - cool, Sucker punch is way cool. Cool = fancy and flashy camera work. I do like when director does cool when its appropriate. Its not for Supes.

Nolan's style is deliberate, dramatic with a hint of suspense.

Like everyone else I am waiting for the full trailer to see if this will peak my interest.

Should be glad Nolan put him on the path, because Snyder's style is doing stuff because its cool. 300 - cool, Watchmen - cool, Sucker punch is way cool. Cool = fancy and flashy camera work. I do like when director does cool when its appropriate. Its not for Supes.

Nolan's style is deliberate, dramatic with a hint of suspense.

Like everyone else I am waiting for the full trailer to see if this will peak my interest.