Snyder wanted to make Man of Steel because he's 'the king-daddy'

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Watchmen and 300 director Zack Snyder has often mentioned that his upcoming superhero film, Man of Steel, would be a "more serious version" of Superman. But why was he attracted to the project in the first place? Well, it's because Superman is "the king-daddy" of all superheroes.

Speaking to the L.A. Time's Hero Complex, Snyder explained why he was so eager to work on the project :

"He's the king-daddy. Honestly that's why I wanted to do it. I'm interested in Superman because he's the father of all superheroes. He's this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology? What we've made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It's been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully."

Snyder reiterated that his version of the Superman mythos wasn't going to have anything to do with what has been done before:

"It's a more serious version of Superman. It's not like a heart attack. We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you're going to see a Superman you've never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made"

Zack Snyder's Man of Steel will soar into theaters on June 14, 2013. Will you be seeing it? And do you agree with Snyder that Superman is the daddy of all superheroes? Are you also looking forward to his more serious approach to the Superman character and legacy?

(LA Time's Hero Complex via SFX)