Ever since news hit of a superman reboot happening in the form of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, fans have wondered (and hoped) if a connected series of films within the Warner Bros./DC Universe would soon follow. After all, Disney has done a fantastic job at weaving the characters within the Marvel Universe together and comic book movies continue to grow in popularity, drawing in A-List talent and well-respected directors.
Other than a brief teaser and a few pictures, Warner Bros. has kept the film pretty much under wraps with questions continuing to grow and excitement mixed. While Snyder originally said the film would be its “own thing”, he just revealed some vague but promising news that insinuates there may be a “Justice League” tie in to “Man of Steel” after all. This opens the flood gates of more questions for fans of the DC Universe but we'll focus on what we just learned for now.
In his interview with the NY post, Snyder also sheds a bit of light on the process, the iconic costume, working with Nolan the big picture while the "Man of Steel" himself (Henry Cavill) discusses the more realistic tone that Snyder set.
Snyder on his 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. 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 the costume:
“The costume was a big deal for me, and we played around for a long time. 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. 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.”
Cavill on the realistic tone of the film:
“I liked the idea of the realism immediately. 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 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.”
Snyder on the big picture:
“We approach the film as a single endeavor. 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. 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 the studio wanting “Man of Steel” to be integrated into a larger universe:
“Um, how can I answer that? 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.”
"Man of Steel" flies to AMC Theatres on June 14th 2013 and also stars Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Christopher Meloni.
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