Since the dawn of time and earlier, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has been compared to Christopher Nolan’s uber-successful Dark Knight trilogy – by fans, bloggers, and even the cast and crew (though Nolan, who’s producing the film, has disputed the comparison). The reasoning is twofold: 1) the films share some of the same creatives – Nolan as producer, David S. Goyer as writer, and Hans Zimmer as composer – and 2) both films utilize handheld camerawork and a similarly bleak color palette.
In a recent interview, Snyder discussed all things Man of Steel, including the aforementioned comparisons to The Dark Knight, the rumors of a ‘Batman/Superman’ team-up film, star Henry Cavill wearing Christover Reeve’s Superman suit, and more.
Courtesy of Breakfast Television, Zack Snyder explained why he took the job to make Man of Steel:
“Well, you know, Superman…I’m a bit of a fan, so having the opportunity to work on ['Man of Steel'] is a little bit of a dream come true. [Making the film was] super exciting, a little bit of pressure but really fun.”
On Henry Cavill wearing Christopher Reeve’s Superman suit, Snyder said:
“We tested [...] a lot of different actors [for 'Man of Steel'], but when we got Henry, we were like, ‘Okay, Henry’s got a lot of the stuff we want.’ And then we put him in the suit [...] – we put him in the Christopher Reeve suit, the spandex. Nobody looks good in spandex, right? Nobody. [...] So he puts on the spandex and…instead of [looking like he was] dressing up like Superman, [it was like]: ‘That’s Superman.’ “
Cue the embittered fans who want the original Superman suit back immediately, red trunks and all.
On whether or not Man of Steel is similar to Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman, Snyder said:
“Only in that it’s a modern way of looking at the characters. Everyone’s used to Superman in a way. Maybe in your mind you say, ‘I know exactly what Superman is.’ We were able to say [with 'Man of Steel'], ‘What about this way of looking at him?’ We tried to make him more modern, but it’s hard to talk about him that way, in those terms. Everyone asks: ‘Oh, did you make him more modern?’ But what does that mean? We just tried to make him cool.”
I’m sure people will jump on Snyder’s use of the word “cool” here – after all, he’s been criticized previously for making movies that focus more on the “cool” side of things than the substance – but it’s worth pointing out that he said the word sort of flippantly. He genuinely comes off in the interview as someone who’s really excited about the film’s prospects and hopeful that he did right by the property and the fans.
Lastly, Zack Snyder talked about the rumors of a Batman/Superman (or ‘World’s Finest’) film being in the works:
“I haven’t heard that but that sounds awesome. [Laughter.] That’s literally how rumors get started. No, I did not know that.”
Whether or not Snyder and Warner Bros. have plans to unite Batman and Superman – in a Batman/Superman team-up or in a Justice League movie – probably depends on whether or not Man of Steel is a box office success. The good news for Snyder and company? MoS is tracking to make over $100 million in its very first weekend.
What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you starting to get annoyed by everybody always comparing Man of Steel to The Dark Knight? Or do you think the comparisons are valid? Drop us a line in the comments.
Man of Steel hits theaters June 14th, 2013.
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