Zack Snyder Confirms 'Man of Steel' Will Be in 3D & Heading to IMAX
Regardless of what you thought about the story or performances in The Dark Knight Rises this summer, one thing thing that all moviegoers (well, most of them) can agree on is that Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister's visuals were absolutely stunning. So in a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures, and director Zack Snyder have confirmed today in a press release that Man of Steel, their blockbuster take on Superman that Nolan himself is producing, will also show on IMAX screens when it drops on June 14th, 2013. Also not that big of a shock: they also confirmed it will be presented in 3D.
Here's what Zack Snyder says in the official press release, courtesy of The Playlist, for discussion:
"The film is going to be a visually exciting experience in all formats: 2D, 3D and IMAX. Anticipating how audiences today embrace 3D, we designed and photographed the movie in a way that would allow 'Man of Steel' to captivate those movie goers, while respecting fans who prefer a more traditional cinematic experience. We've taken great measures to ensure the film and the story come first, and 3D is meant as an enhancement."
To me, the tone of that comment reads like Snyder isn't thrilled about the conversion process. He certainly didn't shoot the movie in 3D or with IMAX cameras, so the way he describes it seems like an afterthought, but I'm sure WB was pushing for this to be in 3D from the beginning so they could capitalize on higher ticket prices. And while Nolan was able to have full creative control on his Batman trilogy, it looks like even he didn't have enough clout to avoid 3D on this one. But hey, I'm glad that it's being offered in 2D IMAX.
I remember watching Bryan Singer's Superman Returns on an IMAX screen back in 2006, and despite that movie's flaws, it was still an incredible experience to watch Superman soar through the sky on a massive screen in true IMAX glory. Based on the early teaser trailers and what we saw at Comic-Con, it's looking like Snyder may have pulled off something spectacular with this, and the IMAX format seems to be the perfect fit for his grand, sweeping vision of Superman. Which format will you choose when seeing Man of Steel?