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Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer discuss a more down to earth Superman for Man of Steel

Mar. 14, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Superman is an incredibly strong, out of this world superhero. Fans of Kal-El are fascinated by his origin, morals, and his own reflection on our society. But is it hard to bring Supes to the masses because he's so hard to relate to? Other heroes are flawed, yet Superman is insanely hard to defeat. Not to mention that he's an alien, so to speak, who has a hard time fitting in with the rest of society as his "human" alter-ego, Clark Kent.

When MAN OF STEEL was first planned the idea was to ground the Superhero, which was something that hadn't been done before. The character was taken exactly as his was from his comic origins. Director Zack Snyder talks their take on the Kryptonian: "It's amazing what [Superman] is capable of but [Henry's] a slightly more down to Earth version of the character. I don't think he can hold up a continent... Superman has been broken for a little while." Is Snyder throwing some Shade at Bryan Singer's 2006 SUPERMAN RETURNS?

Writer David S. Goyer added, "He's a man, but he's a Man of Steel. It's very much the theme of the movie, so it's embedded in the title, which we settled on at the very beginning. He's human but he's not human."

Goyer then goes on to talk about Jor-El (Russell Crowe), and how he will possibly be getting more screentime than those who have played him in the past. There's also mention of the fleshing out of Krypton, "We try to flesh out Krypton and its different political factions, it's fauna, it's science. It's not a cameo. I think people think he's playing the Marlon Brando role, which isn't necessarily the case."

In the end, they just hope that their vision of Superman is successful with fans. Snyder thinks that the character's popularity is a no-brainer, "My hope is that we establish him and that he's a viable, awesome character that everyone is interested in seeing continue. He's the biggest superhero in the world. Or should it be. He's Superman, for gods sake!"

Source: CBMTotal Film

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9:50PM on 04/21/2013

I grew up loving the old superman films and still do.

Why does Zack Snyder Hate Christopher Reeve so much? If anyone remembers awhile back he said he's tired of people thinking Christopher Reeve as a Memorable Superman.. And that he wanted to make his Superman Reboot better than the Christopher Reeve Superman Films!! But Snyder needs to realize not everybody is gonna turn against Those Superman Films under his command.... No matter how well this movie does at the box office Christopher Reeve will always be the true Superman and as Donner said No
Why does Zack Snyder Hate Christopher Reeve so much? If anyone remembers awhile back he said he's tired of people thinking Christopher Reeve as a Memorable Superman.. And that he wanted to make his Superman Reboot better than the Christopher Reeve Superman Films!! But Snyder needs to realize not everybody is gonna turn against Those Superman Films under his command.... No matter how well this movie does at the box office Christopher Reeve will always be the true Superman and as Donner said No one will play Superman the way Christopher Did!!!
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6:13AM on 03/15/2013
I second that.
I second that.
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6:12AM on 03/15/2013
The great thing about characters like Superman Batman, etc is that they can be reinvented with the times (batman having done so the most serious, campy, gothic, dark) Superman needs an update. If anyone has been reading the comics lately they will see that MOS will probably reflect what is currently happening, while simultaneously honoring what came before. The comment about the Chris Reeves movies sucking is stupid. Those movies reflected what Superman was for the time. I hate when people go
The great thing about characters like Superman Batman, etc is that they can be reinvented with the times (batman having done so the most serious, campy, gothic, dark) Superman needs an update. If anyone has been reading the comics lately they will see that MOS will probably reflect what is currently happening, while simultaneously honoring what came before. The comment about the Chris Reeves movies sucking is stupid. Those movies reflected what Superman was for the time. I hate when people go around claiming this sucks and that sucks and judging it by TODAYS standards thats when you get fools saying Charles Dickens is boring. Those movies treated a mere comic book character seriously and with respect. Reeve himself was brilliant in the role and Lex was supposed to be a mad scientist, not a modern day industrialist / genius.

The S is the symbol for the house of EL, not just an S, Superman can fly, not just leap over buildings, he is vulnerable to magic, the sun gives his powers etc. These things developed over time and the costume also. We all know that this current costume is a reflection of the New 52 suit which is supposed to be Kryptonian armor. Things change and we have to accept that and go with the flow. As long as Superman is still a good guy who fights to uphold freedom and the rights of all humanity then the character is still intact. Superman Returns showed Superman stalking Lois Lane - he was jealous, he was an absentee father etc. That and there was no battle at all? I mean in the Reeve films he did at least fight some guys!

We have to remember that this is a movie / fantasy we need some great action to along with the story and heart. I am looking forward to this film and that is what is important. Superman is back, take it or leave it.
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11:06PM on 03/14/2013

There hasn't been a good Superman movie....

People make me cringe when they talk about Christopher Reeve's films. He was an outstanding actor and played the character very well, but the films were crap (all of them). Lex Luthor was a buffoon (probably Gene Hackman's worst performance). The best film by most people's estimation was the second, that had as a final act Superman beating up a bully in a diner (and some truly awful villain performances to accompany terrible special effects). The first film had him turning back time by
People make me cringe when they talk about Christopher Reeve's films. He was an outstanding actor and played the character very well, but the films were crap (all of them). Lex Luthor was a buffoon (probably Gene Hackman's worst performance). The best film by most people's estimation was the second, that had as a final act Superman beating up a bully in a diner (and some truly awful villain performances to accompany terrible special effects). The first film had him turning back time by flying really fast, then "saving" Lois from an earthquake fissure that never happened the second time (while they stood by the car for an extended period of time).

Seriously, all four Reeve films were awful, and the reboot was pathetic. It's not difficult to create a great Superman movie, it's just been done horribly up to now for some reason.
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9:42PM on 04/21/2013
Don't be such a dick back then The Superman Movies were loved by millions and still are, Especially Superman 1 & Superman 2 and yes those 2 movies were good. Christopher Reeve was a perfect Superman!! And Gene Hackman was brilliant as Lex Luthor maybe you just weren't born in the 80's or you're a Zack Snyder Fanboy.
Don't be such a dick back then The Superman Movies were loved by millions and still are, Especially Superman 1 & Superman 2 and yes those 2 movies were good. Christopher Reeve was a perfect Superman!! And Gene Hackman was brilliant as Lex Luthor maybe you just weren't born in the 80's or you're a Zack Snyder Fanboy.
10:30PM on 03/14/2013

Am I alone...

...in thinking nothing will top Christopher Reeve's performance and even the first Superman movie itself? The only good thing when it comes to Superman movies is that as much as I love the character my expectations are always low. I love all the Reeve Superman movies (yes even 3 and 4) and it just seems like no one can embody Superman like Reeve, he was just born to play the role. I'm interested in Cavill's performance but he's got big (red) boots to fill.
...in thinking nothing will top Christopher Reeve's performance and even the first Superman movie itself? The only good thing when it comes to Superman movies is that as much as I love the character my expectations are always low. I love all the Reeve Superman movies (yes even 3 and 4) and it just seems like no one can embody Superman like Reeve, he was just born to play the role. I'm interested in Cavill's performance but he's got big (red) boots to fill.
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6:13AM on 03/15/2013
He does have big boots to fill, but so did everyone that came after Connery as Bond. That being said since i love the Reeve films so much, i dont think i will love this as much, but i think ill love it (hopefully).
He does have big boots to fill, but so did everyone that came after Connery as Bond. That being said since i love the Reeve films so much, i dont think i will love this as much, but i think ill love it (hopefully).
8:47PM on 03/14/2013
And what's with the suit? It looks unclean like he's been rolling around on the oily floor of a Car X. It's so black in that pic, it almost looks like Batman without the cowl.

If this film turns out to be Dark Knight Rises Again, I'll be really disappointed. Hope I'm wrong though.
And what's with the suit? It looks unclean like he's been rolling around on the oily floor of a Car X. It's so black in that pic, it almost looks like Batman without the cowl.

If this film turns out to be Dark Knight Rises Again, I'll be really disappointed. Hope I'm wrong though.
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10:34PM on 03/14/2013
it looks like drunk superman from part 3
it looks like drunk superman from part 3
11:32AM on 03/15/2013
It's all part of the effort to keep the comics characters "grounded" in the dark and gritty era that was very prevalent in the world of comics in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

If you want a good Superman interpretation check these two out:

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It's all part of the effort to keep the comics characters "grounded" in the dark and gritty era that was very prevalent in the world of comics in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

If you want a good Superman interpretation check these two out:

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8:16PM on 03/15/2013
Dark and gritty is one thing. Oily and filthy is another.

I can't tell if he's here to save the world, or change my oil.
Dark and gritty is one thing. Oily and filthy is another.

I can't tell if he's here to save the world, or change my oil.
8:42PM on 03/14/2013
And what's with the suit? It looks unclean like he's been rolling around on the oily floor of a Car X. It's so black in that pic, it almost looks like Batman without the cowl.

If this film turns out to be Dark Knight Rises Again, I'll be really disappointed. Hope I'm wrong though.
And what's with the suit? It looks unclean like he's been rolling around on the oily floor of a Car X. It's so black in that pic, it almost looks like Batman without the cowl.

If this film turns out to be Dark Knight Rises Again, I'll be really disappointed. Hope I'm wrong though.
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7:52PM on 03/14/2013
This movie better be god damn successful if only so we can finally see Braniac in a Superman movie.
This movie better be god damn successful if only so we can finally see Braniac in a Superman movie.
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7:50PM on 03/14/2013

They really kinda...

...messed up in the past with Superman. They should have made him into a James Bond-type character where they constantly make movies about him and every 3-5 films change the guy who plays him to keep him young. I know this really has nothing to do with the article but I just really wanted to say that.

I think this is going to be an epic film. Most people are sick of watching origin stories when it comes to these major superheroes that are getting reboots, but in Superman's case, it's a
...messed up in the past with Superman. They should have made him into a James Bond-type character where they constantly make movies about him and every 3-5 films change the guy who plays him to keep him young. I know this really has nothing to do with the article but I just really wanted to say that.

I think this is going to be an epic film. Most people are sick of watching origin stories when it comes to these major superheroes that are getting reboots, but in Superman's case, it's a great idea. The character hasn't really been current on the big screen, except for that shitty reboot made by Singer. I'm really interested in seeing where Snyder takes us with all of this, and I'm guessing he is going to leave us wanting more by the end.
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7:43PM on 03/14/2013
I'm not sure that "down to Earth" is the phrase you want to hear when talking about a Superman movie.

It feels like they're trying to lower expectations.
I'm not sure that "down to Earth" is the phrase you want to hear when talking about a Superman movie.

It feels like they're trying to lower expectations.
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7:27PM on 03/14/2013
This movie just needs to come out already. Enough with the anticipation. Reading multiple articles about Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 is killing my anticipation.

I firmly believe that Man of Steel will be the greatest Superman film we have ever seen.
This movie just needs to come out already. Enough with the anticipation. Reading multiple articles about Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 is killing my anticipation.

I firmly believe that Man of Steel will be the greatest Superman film we have ever seen.
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