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Director Zack Snyder and actor Henry Cavill spoke about their upcoming film, Man of Steel, which brings back the iconic superhero Superman to the screen. Snyder, who directed Watchmen and 300, promises that the film will be different, taking a new approach from the previous Superman films.
“We tried to approach this as though there’s never been a Superman movie before, but at the same time respecting the canon and mythology,” Snyder told The New York Post. “There are the pillars that you have to respect, and I’m not about to break them. But it is fun for me to bend them and mess with them.”
Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan is one of the film’s producers and Snyder said that he has been a strong influence on the production. “There’s a logic and concreteness that has to exist with Chris...You can’t just do stuff because it’s cool. He demands that there be story and character behind all of it, which I’m a big fan of.”
Cavill is the first British actor to take on the role and he appreciated the realistic tone. “...The people who aren’t die-hard Superman fans still need to associate with the character, and that needs to have some realism in today’s world, certainly, in sense of a science as opposed to mythology attached to it as well,” he said.
That realistic look extends to the costume, which Snyder admitted took a long time to design. “I tried like crazy to keep the red briefs on him. Everyone else said, ‘You can’t have the briefs on him.’ I looked at probably 1,500 versions of the costumes with the briefs on.”
Snyder also talked about the rumored Justice League film, which is reportedly slated for a 2015 release by Warner Bros. Some believe that Man of Steel will act as a launch pad for new DC Comics films prior to a Justice League movie.
“We approach the film as a single endeavor,” Snyder first explained. “There are a lot of gears that have to turn in the world of commerce and the world of the mythology we create to facilitate more adventures for this character. We’ll see what happens.”
When it comes to Justice League, Snyder admitted, “I don’t know how Justice League’ is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t...But The Man of Steel exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that.”
He was asked if Man of Steel will be integrated into a larger cinematic universe. He replied, “Um, how can I answer that?...I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.”
Man of Steel is slated for a June 14, 2013 release.