Russell Crowe Talks the ‘Massive’ Scale of ‘Man of Steel’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

Russell Crowe Talks Man of Steel Russell Crowe Talks the Massive Scale of Man of Steel

Perhaps one of the coolest things from the Man of Steel teaser trailer – depending on the version you saw – was the Jor-El voice-over as performed by Russell Crowe: “You’ll give the people an ideal to strive toward.  They will race behind you. They will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun.” The speech was taken, more or less, from Grant Morrison’s All-Star Superman, and it gave many a Superman fan cause to hope that Zack Snyder’s adaptation was headed in the right direction.

Recently, while promoting his new movie, Broken City, Crowe talked about Man of Steel and how it’ll differ from every other cinematic adaptation of the character – essentially reiterating that this Superman movie will be the most realistic one yet.

Courtesy of Reelz, Crowe said of Man of Steel:

“It’s really complicated, it’s really complex. I don’t think anyone’s really tried to get into the psychology of what it must be like to be Superman. And [how] people would really respond in a modern society if someone like that popped up.”

Russell Crowe’s statement basically bolsters what we’ve heard about Man of Steel previously. Writer David S. Goyer called the film “realistic” and Michael Shannon (who plays General “Kneel Before” Zod) said it would be “edgy” like Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. (For his part, Nolan said that Man of Steel would not be a rehash of his Batman movies.)

Man of Steel Poster Russell Crowe Talks the Massive Scale of Man of Steel

I think it’s fair to say that, at least in the realm of cinema, Crowe is correct – no one has ever attempted a real world approach to Superman, much less the Terrence Malick-esque approach Snyder appears to be going for. It seems to be working so far, if the positive response to the trailers is anything to go by. Still, there are definitely detractors – some Superman fans would say that the character works best when he is neither “dark” nor “realistic.”

On Snyder’s responsibility to the character, Crowe said:

“Zack Snyder, who directed ‘Watchmen,’ who directed ‘300’ and a few other things, he was given a great deal of responsibility. Because when it comes to comic book heroes and superhero films, at the top of the food chain is Superman.”

Indeed, that responsibility goes far beyond the character – as the update to the update to yesterday’s Zack Snyder/Samurai Star Wars story indicated, Warner Bros. likely feels that Snyder owes much to them, as well. Though 300 was an unqualified success, Watchmen was much less successful and Sucker Punch was both a critical and financial disappointment (which might be putting it mildly). Warners had a hand in producing all three films. If Man of Steel is equally disappointing – especially coming after three very disappointing Superman films, the last of which was Returns – what might that mean for Snyder’s career going forward?

On the massive scale of Man of Steel, Crowe said:

“It’s a massive undertaking, the type of sets we worked on in that film were incredible. It takes you to the ground on Krypton. It takes you to a planet where the sun is four times larger than ours. I think people are going to love it and if you’ve seen the trailer, you realize that this Superman is not just floating through the air, held up by a wire. This Superman is supersonic, when he decides to fly, he doesn’t muck around. I’m really looking forward to the way people respond to it.”

It’ll be interesting to see how DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. go about bringing their superheroes to the big screen over the next few years. Both Nolan’s Batman trilogy and Snyder’s Man of Steel have taken the realistic approach; even The CW’s very successful Arrow is sort of an edgy, realistic take on the character of Green Arrow (well, maybe just realistic for a superhero TV show). Green Lantern, on the other hand, took the more lighthearted and ridiculous “I’m trying to be Iron Man!” avenue, and look how that turned out.

If Man of Steel is as successful as Warner Bros. is hoping it’ll be, does that mean we’ll be seeing a series of “realistic” DC adaptations from here on out (or at least until the “realistic” well runs dry)?

Man of Steel – starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, and more – hits theaters June 14th, 2013.

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Source: Reelz [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. Ok, here is the thing. I have just re-watched the trailers for Legend of the Guardians & Man of Steel in sequence. You notice the Zack Snyder signature first hand, that’s why i believe Nolan when he says this is really a Zack project. Talking of this being a realistic approach to Superman, i totally understand. Thing is, Superman is EXTRAORDINARY, but, the comics have him in our time, our day and our age, and i believe that’s wat the prducers mean when they say its gona be gritty, dark and REALISTIC, kind of what Nolan did with The Dark knight trilogy. In the general sense, i believe its gona be a massive cinematic event.

  2. I could say so many things about the whole ‘dark, gritty’ rubbish that everyone is banging on about none stop but you know what… whats the point?

    this is going to be epic. Sit back, have a beer and enjoy the show :)

  3. disappointing reviews so far from most man of steel reviews. It sounds like another rehash, great over-dramatic matrix style special effects together with minimal plot. Whether thats true or not, I just wonder one thing-where are the new super hero characters of this generation? Or in the very least, characters of old that have yet to be made into a film? Who wants remakes or sequels of already good movies? If anyone wants to find out about the characters of old, watch the originals. Rehashed movies will be released for many years to come far more often than attempting something new im sure, as unlike the latter, they can almost always guarantee more sales.

    ps from some of the previous posts, many think the more serious or realistic a movie is, the better or more entertaining it will be. thats definately something to think twice about. From the last few superhero attempts I would replace ‘better’ with dull. zZz. I occasionally like a good plot. Its worth remembering that the original black and white batman tv show was entertaining in its own retro way, but definitely not overly serious, lol.

    • Considering all of the information that’s come out since the teaser, you are the very definition of a troll.