Weta's Joe Letteri Skips VFX, Hypes Up 'Man of Steel' Story Instead
Even though this summer's movie season is packed full of one exciting movie after another (like usual), I've got a good feeling that Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is going to be the pinnacle of the season. Arriving right smack in the middle of June, everything we've seen and heard so far about this new Superman revival sounds like it's going to be amazing. Considering what we all went through with Superman Returns, it's a change of pace to be excited. We've featured a lot of quotes already, but our friends at Bleeding Cool recently talked with Weta's VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri, who is working on visual effects for the movie, and asked him about the effects. But instead of talking about VFX, he instead decided to continue to praise the story.
Here is Joe Letteri's full statement in response to their question about Man of Steel and Weta's work on it:
I can't talk too much about Man of Steel yet, and I haven't seen the whole thing yet, but overall it's the story that's most exciting. It's a nice re-envisioning of the story of Superman leaving his homeworld and coming to this new one.
If you look at what Zack [Snyder] has done you'll see that they've abandoned a lot of the pretense that was in the comics and asked "Can we still make this work?"
They're sticking to realism as much as possible. Fantastic elements are still there but a lot of it that been trimmed back to make it feel as though this actually happened.
Sounds good to me. We've heard these exact statements before reiterated by other people linked to Man of Steel, but that's because the story really is the key to this new take on Superman. How do you bring back one of the most iconic superheroes for his sixth time on the big screen and actually make it new and exciting again? That was Zack's challenge and even Joe Letteri is able to recognize that they've found an answer that will not only satisfy fans, but reignite this franchise just like J.J. Abrams did with Star Trek. In Snyder's Man of Steel, "realism" is the driving force: humanity questioning who this super-powered being is, how he would realistically change the world and what would happen to all of us. It's going to be an exciting summer.
Man of Steel, the new DC Comics Superman reboot, is being directed by Zack Snyder, of Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen & Sucker Punch previously. Christopher Nolan is producing, and co-wrote the story with David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Unborn, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), who wrote the script. Warner Bros is bringing Man of Steel to theaters everywhere on June 14th this summer. See the full trailer.