Zack Snyder Says 'Man of Steel' Disregards Other Superman Movies
Perhaps the biggest problem with Superman Returns was that it was simultaneously a sequel to the first couple Superman films, but its plot was almost indiscernible from the first film with Lex Luthor attempting another real estate scheme to ridiculous proportions. Well, director Zack Snyder, the man behind the Warner Bros. new take on the Big Blue Boy Scout says the franchise reboot, which is simply titled Man of Steel will exist on its own without regard for any of the previous Superman films. With Batman Begins producer Christopher Nolan on board, this approach is not really surprising, and completely welcome.
Here's what Snyder told Hero Complex about the forthcoming DC Comics adaptation:
“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 otherhand 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.”
As for working with a producer like Christopher Nolan, a filmmaker who basically brought Batman back from the dead, Snyder has nothing but good things to say about his involvement:
“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.”
Sounds like a great collaborative relationship to me. Now we're just waiting to hear more casting to officially come out of the woodwork. We already know Henry Cavill is our titular superhero, and Diane Lane will play Clark Kent's mother, but what about the rumors of Kevin Costner, or Viggo Mortensen or Daniel Day-Lewis joining? Snyder doesn't confirm or deny but simply says, "There’s more to come and I think it’s consistent in its awesomeness.” Well, we look forward to that awesomeness and especially our first hero shot of Cavill all suited up in the blue tights and cape.