Zack Snyder on ‘Man of Steel’ Being Compared to Chris Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Man of Steel hits theaters June 14th, 2013.

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Source: Breakfast Television [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. None of this matters(to me), I will be there opening weekend, munching popcorn watching Man of Steel. I will be the judge if it’s good. If other movies follow, good.

  2. Leave TDK trilogy out of this MOS is totally different as we all know, no need to compare them. All I need is good acting and none stop action, that will put a smile in my face

  3. In other words they want Man of Steel to make as much money as the Dark Knight, so people who went to see that should spend their money on this film too….

  4. I think a Batman vs Superman will work a great idea….

    • heck yeah, I’d love to see a “World’s Finest” movie.

  5. C’mon who are we kidding. If today’s cinematic Dark Knight went battle with today’s Man Of Steel the movie would last 60 seconds; 1 second for Batman to get his arse kicked, smashed, crushed, thrown, belted, lasered, obliviated, and another 59 seconds for Superman to save the rest of Gotham (because we all know BM cant multitask), Metropolis, USA and earth….

    Oh I’m bored already. Lets just say Nolans Batman is one giant Pu$$y.

    We’d need to reboot BM closer to Iron Man using technology from Planet Krypton… It’s the only way!

    • I don’t think it’s fair to say that Nolan’s Batman is a pu$$y. If you met that character in a dark alley, I think your opinion would change. I agree he wouldn’t stand a chance against Superman, but that is only because Nolan gave us a real-world take on Batman, not one where there are super-powered aliens flying around. It would be interesting if by using Kryptonian technology, as you suggest, that flaw could be changed. Many people have discussed whether Zod’s powers come from his suit rather than the sun, if that is the case Bale’s Batman would just need to get his hands on a suit to bring the TDK and MOS universes together.

      • THANK YOU! that is exactly what ive been saying all along.use the new found technology from krypton to give batman his edge to keep up with other superheroes.that way u can bring noalns batman and snyders man of steel into the same universe.people say i hate nolans batman hes too realistic..but how else do u want batman? do u want a supernaturally strong batman? do u want a unrealistic batman with mega powers? im sorry but people dont want that.people who say they want another batman just dont know what they want..and if they got it..they would hate it.nolans butman even with flaws is the most perfect batman to date.its too good to pass and reboot it without using it to continue to a justice league movie…on another not..let me go fan crazy here a but..how cool would it be if superman is actually who saves batman from the bat at the end of dark knight rises

        • bit* bat* one*

  6. C’mon who are we kidding. If today’s cinematic Dark Knight went battle with today’s Man Of Steel the movie would last 60 seconds; 1 second for Batman to get his arse kicked, smashed, crushed, thrown, belted, lasered, obliviated, and another 59 seconds for Superman to save the rest of Gotham (because we all know BM cant multitask), Metropolis, USA and earth….

    Oh I’m bored already. Lets just say Nolans Batman is one giant Pu_ _y.

    We’d need to reboot BM closer to Iron Man using technology from Planet Krypton… It’s the only way!

  7. C’mon who are we kidding. If today’s cinematic Dark Knight went battle with today’s Man Of Steel the movie would last 60 seconds; 1 second for Batman to get his arse kicked, smashed, crushed, thrown, belted, lasered, obliviated, and another 59 seconds for Superman to save the rest of Gotham (because we all know BM cant multitask), Metropolis, USA and earth….

    Oh I’m bored already. Lets just say Nolans Batman is one giant Pu_ _ _.

    We’d need to reboot BM closer to Iron Man using technology from Planet Krypton… It’s the only way!

    • Sorry for reposts. Dam iPhone reception.

  8. I am soooo excited YET totally DISAPPOINTED with Walmart/DC marketing. The theater i normally go to see all my movies, two weeks ago the premier tickets were sold out, so a friend of mine drove one hour away to find the last two tickets at the walmart. The DISAPPOINTING part was my son and his friend also wanted to see the movie near the home, so i called the walmart and asked if any tickets are available for premier. I was told to check in the daytime because the evening guy wasn’t aware of any tickets. I showed up daytime and the older gentleman had no clue about the tickets are sold at walmart for man of steel, he directed me to a kiosk that had ticketmaster. As I was explaining the guy, suddenly i saw a sign above the cash register “ONLY 2D Ticket”. I asked him again, and he said, he didn’t know but he will go ask someone. He comes back and digs deep inside under the drawer beneath cash register … and he pulls out TWO FULL Boxes of tickets. 2D and 3D. The sign says only 2D tickets, but the 3D box was ENTIRELY FULL. As of two days ago, i have the ticket number 12 and 13 from the 3D box. Seems walmart and the employees are not promoting the movie, nor do they care to sell this ticket. The walmart in question is… is Niles, Illinois, corner of Golf ave and Milwaukee. They have TWO full boxes of tickets practically unopened and NOT even promoting it.

  9. May 18th the tickets went on sale at walmart and today is May 30th and i am in possession of ticket number 12 and 13, which i bought for my son, just 2 days ago.

    Totally disappointed with Walmart/DC Marketing.

  10. Batman/Superman Team Up can be debateable for ages, but the current team of Walmart/DC is a flop. When i gave my son his tickets, he was expecting to walk around with some sort of sovenier shirt or cap or something to show, that his dad got him the premier ticket. With the Big Blockbuster movie such as “Man of Steel” walmart could have packaged a small goodie bag with the premier ticket to get the younger generation get excited about, but that is too much to expect from walmart (flop team).

  11. I have been a fan of Superman since I was little, I live close to where they shot a scene in the original superman and I was excited when they released the first trailer of Man of Steel. I just wanted to say that there are good things and bad things in all movies, like in the Dark Night Rises most people did not like Banes voice (BAD) but most people liked Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman (Good). We have no control over how good or how bad a movie is, in the end we are left with our opinions.

  12. i am a walmart employee.. originally this was supposed to be a one day sale event. most of them not involved with that 8am sale most likely were unaware of any remaining or if they were still allowed to be selling them. i was still able to get my tickte almost a week after.. they have the sign up but other than that , people probably just dont think to ask if any are left. i agree they could have done a better job promoting the sale of the ticket. its only supposed to be for 1 time slot showing the night before.

    2 weeks to go!!!

  13. The biggest problem with Superman Returns is that it was a sequel to Superman II. The second was that the dialogue was terrible. The third problem was that Superman didn’t fight any villians that were as powerful as him. Man Of Steel will be at least 3 times better.

  14. I would hope that the Genius Billionaire that is Batman would be resourceful enough and to outsmart any foe he faces. Which is usually what The Worlds Greatest Detective does.
    I Defer to Frank Miller’s vision of him in The Dark Knight Returns. His battle with Superman is as much a battle of wits as it is all out brute force, granted Superman could have utterly destroyed him a single blow, Batman exploited every advantage he had, including Superman’s compassion.

    So whether or not Nolan’s Batman is in that category or not, he was certainly determined and resourceful enough to suggest he would have an ace in the hole.

  15. MAN OF STEEL will make Over $1 BiLLiON Dollars Worldwide, Henry Cavill is a Great Actor & Amy Adams is a Multi-Oscar-Nominated-Actress & Very Beautiful Plus Multi-Oscar-Nominated: C-NOLAN is The Writer & Producer, i think The New Suit Looks Great & Much Better than The Old Light Blue Suit that Looked Like a SMURF & with The OutSide UnderWear was Real Bad, i Will See MAN OF STEEL in 3D.

  16. David S. Goyer is the wrtier of MOS NOT C-Nolan. Nolan is just producing it among other producers. Snyder is a great director I think, MOS will do a good job at the box office. Better than TDK?. No. But a decent DC movie all around.

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