‘Man of Steel’ Interviews with Cast, Director & Composer; Limited Edition Mondo Posters

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

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Man of Steel is about to hit theaters faster than a speeding bullet, and once people have had  a chance to get re-acquainted with Superman – as imagined by director Zack Snyder and writers Chris Nolan and David S. Goyer (of Dark Knight fame) – we know they’re going to want to learn more about what went into making the biggest Superman movie of all time.

To that end, we’ve rounded up quotes from the Man of Steel press conference, which included the likes of Chuck Roven (Producer), Debbie Snyder (Producer), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Henry Cavill (Superman), Zack Snyder (Director), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (Zod), Antje Traue (Faora, Zod’s henchwoman), David Goyer (Writer), and Dark Knight Trilogy composer, Hans Zimmer.

Before we delve into the press conference, check out this gallery of new Man of Steel limited edition posters, courtesy of Mondo Tees:


Man of Steel Press Conference

Producer Deborah Snyder, Director Zack Snyder and Screenwriter David S. Goyer discussed the massive task of re-inventing Superman for a new era, and how they went about it:

Deborah Snyder: I think when you start thinking about the magnitude of who this character is and how big it is and how big the responsibility is, you can really get yourself paralyzed. So what you have to do is break it down piece by piece and just look at it as the process. First, it was getting the story right, and at its core I think Superman has been around for 75 years because of the story. Then it’s about day to day seeing what task is at hand and choosing the right people to bring Zack’s vision of it to life. Casting these wonderful people, the right people to bring these characters, to make them alive. Choosing the right composer to making the music as powerful and moving as it should be. I think you just have to look at it day by day piece by piece.

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Zack Snyder & Henry Cavill on set of ‘Man of Steel’

Zack: …Debbie and I went and had lunch with Chris and Emma [Nolan] and we talked about this Superman project. I remember the first time when we were setting the meeting it was like, ‘Hey, you guys want to have lunch and if we talk about Superman is that weird?’ We thought, ‘No, no, Superman is cool.’ I was worried about Superman honestly as a project because it was a thing that I was interested in. But then on the other hand, I was scared because Superman is Superman. It seemed at the time like a lot of work to make work, though I will say after I read David’s script and after talking to Chris, there was no fear in the script and the idea. The idea was very straightforward and very confident and I think that’s what gave me this feeling of confidence that I felt like there is a thing in there to make cool, there’s a thing in there that I’m interested in. Maybe I need to just let go of the fear of this icon.

I do like Superman as a character and I have followed him throughout the years. The fear for me was that, could I honor what he’s been and what he has the potential to be? I think David did an amazing job with the script and that was in there—we just had to go after it. I think the vision was sort of an unapologetic Superman movie that we wanted to make. I felt in the recent past, people have been apologizing for Superman a little bit for his costume, for his origins, for the way he fits into society. We just wanted to say ‘No, no. This is the mythology and this is how it is, and it’s supposed to be this way.’ And I think that’s kind of the movie we made. We wanted to enshrine him where he belongs—and whether or not that’s making it too important, I don’t know, but it was the way we wanted to do it. It was fun to do.


David S. Goyer: It’s a huge challenge, I remember five or six years ago someone asking me at a Batman junket whether or not I would want to do Superman or not. At the time I said no. It’s an enormous responsibility. People have a proprietary relationship with Superman. A lot of people would say that’s my Superman, but there’s the Reeve Superman from the ’50s, the Fletcher Superman, Lois & Clark Superman, and the Donner Superman. It’s important to respect the iconography and respect the canon, but…at the same time you have to tell a story.

And once you sort of land on who you think the character is and what his conflicts are, you have to let that lead you. You have to throw all that other stuff away and not be worried about this epic responsibility or it will just crush you and paralyze you… For me it was very simple: it’s a story about two fathers. While I was writing this script, I became a step-dad, and a dad, and my own dad died. I never thought that my own experiences would find their way into something like this, but if you boil it down to that, it’s about a man with two fathers and he has to decide which kind of linage he has to choose. My Kryptonian father or my Earth father? And in the end, it’s kind of both that make him the man that he becomes.

Henry Cavill also addressed the intimidation of taking on such an iconic character:

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Henry Cavill as Superman in ‘Man of Steel’

Henry: First I don’t think it’s about finding my way into an icon. Playing an icon, you don’t try to be an icon because that defeats the purpose. The responsibility attached is enormous and the realization that it actually really, really, matters meant that I wanted to put the most amount of work into representing the character properly… What would people do otherwise apart from talk about it? I don’t necessarily think that he speaks to the outsider alone, he speaks to everyone—or that ideal speaks to everyone. We all need hope no matter what century we are in, whatever state of life we are in, whether we are going through tragedy or not. It’s just hope that everything will be okay, and if tragedy and disaster happens I hope we can overcome it. I don’t believe it’s solely for those who are outsiders and those who think they’re alone. It’s for everyone.

As far as the conflict that he went through or the journey, it wasn’t about classic Superman material. So when you see Clark traveling through the world and trying to work out what and who and why he is, I didn’t go to source material for that, I just applied my own life to that. As actors, it’s quite a lonely existence unless you have someone traveling with you the entire time. You spent a lot of time by yourself and you meet new people and you make temporary families and you love them. And then you never see them again, potentially, apart from the press conference. You just apply that to the character and that’s exactly what he experiences. New groups of people constantly, and then disappearing again and having to introduce himself to these other people and prove to them he’s a nice guy who tries to do all the right stuff. And then all of a sudden, he disappears again. So it’s just that lonely aspect that I applied to it opposed to any classic Superman material.

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Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in ‘Man of Steel’

One of the surprising things about Man of Steel is that it borrows the Batman Begins style of non-linear narrative when establishing character and backstory during the first act. Goyer and Snyder addressed the reason why they chose such an approach:

David: Anytime I’ve been involved in a non-linear story, you start it in a linear manner first just to make sure it makes sense. Then you chop it up and move it around and that was a process that we started when Zack came on board, and some of it shifted as we were moving along.

Zack: I think that it’s a cool way. You’re with Clark and he’s making his way and you’re sort of getting these cool insights into the why of him. I think it’s fun to do it in that way, rather then when he’s facing a decision. You get to see the why of why he’s making those decisions. Presenting it that way allows the momentum of the story to keep going and you also get an insight into the man in a way that is interesting. It serves the movie in a really fun way, too.

David: Also, I think it was arresting to go from the craft impacting in Kansas into—boom!—33 years later he’s on a crab boat and just sort of playing with peoples expectations.


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  1. I saw Man of Steel yesterday at an advanced screening, Overall I thought it was a decent movie, I have seen Worse movies, I liked Cavill as Clark/Superman, Amy Adams as AVERAGE as Lois. Russell Crowe was AWESOME as Jor El, But Michael Shannon SUCKED as Zod. I found him to be Dull and Boring and a typical villain. I DID like Lawrence Fishbourne as Perry White, I can live with that. One Gripe I have is that there was at times TOO MUCH Action. I hope thus movie does well enough to do a second, but I also hope that the producers learn from this movie, and try to strike a good balance between Action AND Story. I will be seeing the movie again this weekend. and Kudos to Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent.

    • Agreed, except for Zod. Sorry, but Michael Shannon was a GREAT General Zod.

  2. It was epic. Let me get that out of the way. My only criticisms are length and Snyder went overboard on the action. Some shots though, were straight up techno/sci-fi porn which takes the scope of the film to another level visually.

    Cavill was better than people are saying. He played the part how I expected him to. Someone trying to figure out what the the hell it is they are meant to do.

    Overall I give this an 8/10. Solid movie and I’m looking forward to a sequel which is a good thing.

  3. The movie is a blast. Best action a comic book movie has seen to date. Period.

    I think the problem may lie in bringing life to Krypton, which probably would have made more sense to keep lifeless. That’s not exactly Zack’s or David’s fault… they went off the source material, which the second you bring to light becomes suspect.

    So Krypton is this advanced race and what not? Is that why they all just sit back and let themselves be killed, by… what exactly? Inner dispute? An exploding star? The entire planet deciding it wants to blow up?

    Superman is dated, and what he stands for could quite possibly be looked at with contempt now.

    Maybe the being who is supposed to be a beacon of hope looks that much more ridiculous because we have all in fact lost hope?

    Sobering ideas. Either way, I’ll be the first to admit this is not how I wanted things to go.

  4. I was hoping most critics hated MOS, it means it’s a good film! I’m even more excited now, who gives a monkeys what Rottens percentage of MOS is, it’s fan reviews is what counts, I swear all the films which critics have panned are usually the best! The critics are tossers, Just wait until you have seen it yourself before making a judgement, and ignore RT, they mean nothing!

  5. Im not too fussed on the RT score, I was always going to see this regardless, its Superman!
    As for too much action being one of the criticisms, im all for it especially after the IMO lacklustre Superman Returns.
    Its unfortunate we have to wait another two weeks to see this. :(

  6. Superman II was the first movie I ever saw at the theater. I was drawn to his idealism, that everyone can be saved even the likes of Zod and Luthor. This is a mockery of the Superman character. What Nolan did (and I am being a bit fanboyish here, sorry) was unforgivable. The source material is there waiting to be used. Fans are out there waiting to pay money to go see them. Why they let Nolan get his hands on Superman, I still to this day don’t know. Superman has no flaws. Superman passes no judgement, even on villians, that;s what in my eyes makes him ‘Super’Man.
    A few people have already blown what happens in this movie already, but it is the one principal that sets him apart from even Batman. Superman is not a violent superhero. He is the ultimate cop if you will, born with incredible powers to help mankind. How could humanity trust him after the destruction caused by the brawl between Zod and Superman? First of all, Superman would lead Zod into space, and fight him ther away from people. The last 5 minutes killed the movie for me, making anything Suprman said about hope vanish. Here’s a hint: Jor El’s comment? You can save them ALL? He meant Zod and his people as well. There were a hundred different ways Superman could have defeated Zod. Here’s one: Super breath as an extinguisher for one. They didn’t even use that power here. Also, he doesn’t consider America his home. He more likens himself as a citizen of Earth. He would help the world, not just one country,
    How would the Justice League see him after this confrontation? As a leader that can be trusted completely, or a timebomb that could snap at any moment? WHy do you think Batman carries a Kryptoninte ring? (Given to him BY Superman). I don’t know, mabey I am reading too much into it, but if people think this is the difinative Superman movie, they are looking at it through Nolan goggles. I am not a hater.I am just someone who feels the core of Superman, what makes him ‘Super’ was destroyed in this movie. I am not afraid to say it, which is why I am comming here in person. It’s amazing that with one sequence of events can bring you down like that. If that is what people want in a Superman, then it saddens me. There can never be a perfect hero anymore, they always have to be flawed, angsty, and not afraid to go dark. It saddens me because Superman was the last hero that was still full of optomism, saw the good in EVERYBODY. So if this is your thing more power too you. I would not want a Justice League movie with this film team. Make your own movie studio DC. Break away from the shackles of Warner Bros.

    • As a big Superman fanboy myself, I have to DISSAGREE with everything you said. They took liberties, yes, but this isn’t the first time a comic book story has differed from the movie. This movie was very well made (not amazing or anything, but still REALLY good). No, this did not rape the Superman character or anything like that. It was FINE.

  7. 1.) the Kryptonian council has some messed up priorities, their decision making skills didn’t make sense at all.

    2.) the Phantom Zone actually saved the villains! why didn’t the Kryptonians use that technology to save themselves? conveniently, the villains also has a ship within the zone. honestly, i wish they’ve done away with the whole Krytonian council scenes at the beginning & have Zod & co. already in the phantom zone from the very start.

    3.) Pa Kent’s death should’ve been something more heroic, or at least with something where Clark would be helpless to intervene, like a good old fashioned heart attack. instead he died for a dog, as Clark watched … unbelievable, Kryptonians do have messed up priorities in life.

    4.) given that he saved the world. you can count the people he personally saved as Superman with your fingers. even Perry & co. had to save themselves, i think this is were they could’ve made connection with the audience most. i really find it really hard to see Superman let everyone around on their own while buildings are falling & exploding left and right.

    • 1. Well, the council has ALWAYS been made up of idiots in Superman lore. They could have done a better job with this scene, yes, but It’s important for Jor-El to be the only one knowing Krypton is doomed. Or else the planet would have been evacuated.

      2. The phantom Zone portal was DESTROYED due to the destruction of Krypton, which is how they were released. So no, the Phantom Zone didn’t really save them.

      3. I thought Pa Kent’s death was fine (really emotional actually) I thought it showed just how much he loved his son and didn’t want to see the world mistreat him. I understand the controversy with this scene, but I preferred them doing something different as opposed to a heart attack. That’s fine, but it’s been done SO many times that I was ok with them doing something different. Pa Kent’s death isn’t nearly iconic as the destruction of Krypton, or Batman’s parents getting shot. There are certain things that need to be left alone, but this, I was fine with.

      4. Superman clearly did everything he could. Again, I understand the problems people have with so many people dying, but you need to understand this is Superman in the real world. And in the real world, people die. There are casualties. And I thought they did a really good job with the final scene with Zod trying to kill that family, and Superman clearly could not handle any more death.