Joss Whedon explains why he won't be seeing Man of Steel just for fun

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Jun 20, 2013

The director of the biggest superhero movie ever has some homework to do.

Joss Whedon's been a busy guy lately, promoting his new Shakespeare film Much Ado About Nothing while preparing for the debut of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC this fall and, of course, developing his sequel to The Avengers. But he's also keeping an ear to the ground to see what else is going on in the superhero world, including Zack Snyder's Superman epic Man of Steel. In a new interview with Total Film, Whedon said that he hasn't yet seen the film, but he will. And while we're guessing he's certainly interested in simply seeing a new Superman movie, Whedon also noted that it's important to study other superhero blockbusters to avoid accidentally becoming a copycat.

"When you're making a large scale superhero film and a large scale superhero film comes out, you have to go and see it to make sure you're not imitating it, they don't have a giant plot point or setpiece that is exactly what you've written for yours. And it does happen a lot. A lot of times you'll go 'Uh, we better zig instead of zagging.' So, you have to watch it for that, but also every now and then you get a bit of inspiration. Every now and then you go 'Oh that was great,' or ' wasn't.' Either kind of works. You either have a great time, or you think 'Well I can top that,' but I'm intending to have a great time."

So Whedon's definitely preparing for the possibility that he and David Goyer think alike on some things. What do you think? Will he find he has to change things? Also, do you think he'll actually have a great time seeing the flick?

You can check out the full Whedon interview -- including bits about Much AdoAvengers 2 and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- in the video below.

 (TotalFilm via Comic Book Movie)

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