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

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Zack Snyder addressed the reason why General Zod was a proper villain for the film:

Zack Snyder: I think the cool thing about Zod, he offers a real threat to Superman. A physical and emotional threat to Superman that is much stronger then any earth bound threat. He’s able not only to match him physically, but also represents his people—he’s a hard opponent that way… Michael [Shannon] and I talked about it in the beginning that we wanted Zod’s point of view to be pretty clear. If this was happening to your planet and you were trying to save the people that you loved, what lengths would you go to?

Michael Shannon and Antje Traue talked about what kind of fight training it took to pull off Man of Steel‘s epic fight sequences:

Michael Shannon: Krav Maga. [Long beat] I think the important thing to remember was that on Krypton, Zod does not have any super powers—he’s just a general. He’s been training for a long time, whooping butt for a long time there on Krypton. Then he comes to Earth and goes through a similar thing that Kal-El goes through when he comes to Earth. It’s basically acclimatizing to the environment. But yeah, Zod has probably been doing those moves since he was a little boy… In terms of choreographed punches, it’s no secret to anyone in this room that I’m much stronger then Henry is. There were a lot of ice packs back at the hotel for Henry… Russell really kicks my butt in this movie. I mean he’s the Gladiator so what are you going to do?

Antje Traue as Faora in Man of Steel Man of Steel Interviews with Cast, Director & Composer; Limited Edition Mondo Posters

Antje Traue as Faora in ‘Man of Steel’

Antje Traue: …That was probably the biggest movie I’ve done when it comes to action sequences. It’s almost sort of like a dance. It’s been choreographed pretty much to every detail and you rehearse that for hours, weeks, and months and then you stand in front of the camera and it’s quite amazing when everything comes together: the costume, makeup. It’s been an amazing moment.

Henry Cavill, talked about what it takes to make characters like Superman and Zod fly:

Henry Cavill: Flight, for one, there was a lot of rehearsal involved. When it came to actual super speed flight it was mostly belly pan work. Belly pan is the mold of the front of a person’s body and you lie in it and a special gimble. So there’s a guy in a green suit and a green screen moving it depending on Zack’s direction and I just have to imagine what it’s like to fly. We had lots of help from Zack’s sort of imagery attached to it and his direction.

There was also a lot of wire work that we did during the whole stunt process, that was incredibly complex and the guys tested it amazingly. A guy called Jim Churchman just did a fantastic job on the wires. That was probably the funnest part for me in regards to flying because I got to be 40 feet up in the air and sort of just completely out of control—well, someone else’s control thank goodness. That was the stuff that made you feel like Superman.

Henry Cavill as a very angry Superman in Man of Steel Man of Steel Interviews with Cast, Director & Composer; Limited Edition Mondo Posters

Deborah: Well, I think the visual effects, just the action sequences and the fighting and flying that Zack had envisioned and worked on with DJ [John 'D.J.' Des Jardin], our visual effects supervisor and Damon [Caro], our fight choreographer and stunt coordinator, they were so challenging. They were pushing the limits—it was built on things we have done in the past, but it definitely pushed them further.

You do have to have this leap of faith because you set out to have this plan of how it’s going to be done and you’re moving forward with this planm but you don’t exactly know how it’s going to end up in the end. You’re just relying on all these amazing artists and visual effect houses to pull through, and you have faith in them.

Henry Cavill also addressed the longstanding mystery of Superman’s shaving process:

Henry: I think some things better remain a mystery.

Meanwhile, Zack Snyder opened up about another mystery in the film: Where is Lex Luthor?

Zack: What I was going to say about Lex Luther was, there is a kryptonite question, too, that floats around the Lex Luther question. Someone asked me if there’s no Kryptonite and there’s no Lex Luther. Well, okay, within the parameters of this story there’s no kryptonite or Lex Luther—but that’s not to say they don’t exist in the world. That’s an entirely different question.

Lex Luthor in Man of Steel  Man of Steel Interviews with Cast, Director & Composer; Limited Edition Mondo Posters

One of the most memorable things about Man of Steel is the score by Dark Knight Trilogy composer Hans Zimmer, whose new Superman theme (listen to it below) is already finding foot as THE successor to John Williams’ iconic Superman theme song from the 1978 Richard Donner film. Snyder and Zimmer discussed the monumental taks of stepping out of the Donner/Williams shadow and creating a new sound for Superman:

Zack: Before we began working on the music, we got questions about the music from when we announced we were going to make the movie. You get on the phone and you think you’re going to talk about, ‘Oh you’re going to make a Superman movie. That’s great, what’s your take?’ But it was, ‘Are you going to use the music from the other film, from the John Williams score?’ I was like, ‘Oh God, we haven’t shot a frame of film—we don’t know that.’

But we knew that music was out there and it’s a strong piece of music. But because our philosophy out there was to act as if no films have ever been made—we wanted to act like we found these comic books underneath our beds and said, ‘Hey, this would be a cool movie, we should make this Superman into a movie’—because we have  taken that point of view, there was no cherry-picking of stuff. You couldn’t go, ‘Hey, it would be cool if we just borrowed this other stuff.’ We knew that everything was going to be from zero. [To Hans] I was hoping we would talk earlier from—’You, think Chris, when you’re down there talking to Hans about your other movie, could you twist his arm or bribe him somehow into working on the Superman movie?’ I don’t know exactly how it was said, but for whatever reason he agreed.

Hans: Well, I was reluctant. Not like Russell, I have seen the other Superman movies and I just think the John Williams movie is incredible. So a couple of things happened. Chris [Nolan] said to me, ‘C’mon you can do the Superman movie,’ and I said, ‘No, I can’t do the Superman movie because the big difference is when you went into Warner Bros. with the idea of a Superman movie, you actually had an idea—I have nothing.’ Then Zack and I started talking and his vision is completely and entirely the only reason why the score exists because he took me by the hand and told me, ‘This is what I want to do.’ Then I said, ‘Yeah, I can feel that.’ The other thing is he’s a great artist. He doodles, he draws—that’s a great language for me because, David forgive me for this, but the way we started was I said, ‘I don’t want to read the script—tell me the story.’ Then I knew what was at hand.

Here’s the thing: I know what it’s like to be a foreigner, what it’s like to be an outsider. I have no super powers. The other thing that I felt, both Zack and I felt, was really important was this idea of hope—that we would celebrate something, we would celebrate an America that has not been celebrated in so long and just be genuine and write from the heart. Then came the moment after three months of procrastination where Zack said, ‘Hey, do you got anything yet?’ I told him, Well, I got some post-its on the fridge.’ Then Zack said, ‘I love post-its, I love doodles—I’ll be down on Tuesday. Then afterwards, he confessed that Chris said, ‘If you’re not going down there to Zimmer’s place, you’re never going to hear anything.’ So that’s how we did the score.

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Zimmer

Zack: It’s funny, too, because one thing I think is interesting is one thing that comes through the score is. There’s big events in the film and the score is amazingly supportive of those events, but the thing that I think Hans did that’s amazing is—and we talked about it even before I heard it—we said it would be cool if the score, if the Superman score was humble, if there was humility in the score. Like the Superman theme, if there was humility in it—which is really hard. It’s abstract. I just said ‘humility,’ and now make that into music—whatever that means. Thank God I’m not a musician because I would never do that to him, right. I would probably laugh, but then you hear it and it’s in it. He says he doesn’t have any super powers, but then you hear whatever that is and you say, ‘Wow, that’s humble.’

Hans: Well, I have a lot to be humble about and it’s me playing the piano—one of the things I have to be humble about is my piano playing. And it’s totally weird because all these great pianists are trying to play this tune and they just didn’t sound right. It had to be the bad right hand.

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Man of Steel will be in theaters on June 14, 2013.

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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.

    • because this superman is still a noob, he didn’t think of the collateral damage from his action. he just discovered that he can save the earth, that he choose to protect earth rather than following Zod’s path.

      maybe you should take a look at some of the new 52′s superman, or simply read this http://screenrant.com/superman-man-of-steel-no-kryptonite/

    • 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.

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