Despite the fact that the blogosphere has been inundated with set photos and interviews pertaining to Man of Steel, Zack Snyder's take on Superman is still more than a year away. By the time this film finally arrives, will we already know everything there is to know about it?
Michael Shannon – who plays General Zod – recently discussed how evil (or not) his character is and even shared a line from the upcoming film, while directory McG (This Means War), who was attached to a previous cinematic iteration of Superman, talked about his lament at not being able to see his vision come to fruition.
On the topic of how villainous Zod is, courtesy of IFC Fix, Shannon said:
"He's actually a not very scary guy. He's just trying to do his job, just like anybody."
On whether or not moviegoers will connect with the character, as Shannon did:
"I don't know, you know? I don’t want to say. Some people might hate him, some people might love him. But I'm fond of him. I respect him."
It's probably fair to say that if you don't respect General Zod by the end of the film, the filmmakers did something wrong. Isn't that right, Terence Stamp?
On the topic of General Zod's dialogue, courtesy of MTV, Shannon said:
"Zod has some speeches; he has some cool speeches. I got to say some cool stuff, but I can't say any of it right now."
Without prompting, Shannon went on to say what is likely an actual line from the film:
"Do you realize the universe is constantly shrinking, Superman?"
Of course, prevailing theories state that the universe is actually expanding and has been since the Big Bang, but perhaps Krypton's lack of serious scientific knowledge is why it, you know, exploded.
As for looking back on what Henry Cavill's portrayal of Superman could have been, while promoting the action-romcom This Means War, McG talked about Cavill, whom the director had cast years ago in his unrealized Superman film. Courtesy of Digital Spy:
"I did indeed cast Henry Cavill [as Superman]. He's a fantastic actor, he's very, very strong and he's wonderful. I think Zack Snyder's going to do a great job with Henry Cavill. I can't wait to see that picture."
Ultimately, McG was very sad about not being able to make his Superman – subtitled Flyby – probably because his cinematic track record since has been less than amazing, both critically and financially. He said:
"I'm heartbroken that I never made my 'Superman,' but it was my own ****-up because I was afraid of flying and couldn't get down to Australia. I got properly thrown off that picture, sacked for being a mental case! You live and learn, you keep on truckin'."
It's actually very interesting how similar Man of Steel has become to Flyby, at least on the surface. Aside from sharing Henry Cavill as the Man of Tomorrow, both Zack Snyder and McG make similar films and have similarly troubled track records, both films utilized a brief-less supersuit, and both films were intended to be massive action blockbusters unlike any Superman to come before.
Of course, Flyby also featured a living supersuit – a la Venom – that gave Kal-El his flying powers, a Lex Luthor (to be played by Robert Downey Jr.) who was not only a CIA Agent, but also secretly Kryptonian (twist ending!), and a magical Kryptonian heaven that Superman visits after he temporarily dies. Needless to say, McG is just about the only person who is heartbroken about it not being made.
Man of Steel hits theaters June 14th, 2013.
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