Zack Snyder: Man of Steel will ignore all previous Superman films

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

The Sucker Punch director plans to treat the Big Blue Boy Scout the way that Christopher Nolan handled the Dark Knight—as if none of the films that came before existed. Will that way lie madness or salvation?

In planning his path to bringing Superman to the big screen once more, Snyder seems to have realized that a break from the past—a break that Bryan Singer's Richard Donner-esque Superman Returns resolutely refused to commit to—is mandatory. In an interview with the L.A. Times, Snyder revealed his plan:

"Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we're making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there's been no other Superman movies. ... If you look at Batman Begins, there's that structure, there's the canon that we know about and respect but on other hand there's this approach that pre-supposes that there haven't been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don't be a slave to the movies."

Snyder's got his cast—including Henry Cavill as Superman, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Kevin Costner potentially playing Jonathan Kent—and an unprecedented chance to dig deeper into who Superman is:

"Superman is the one constant in the universe. ... You know that if you do Superman right—or at least if you do him with respect—you know you end up with something great.... [but] in some ways [beyond] that is virgin territory. No one knows what that is. In some ways Superman is the most recognizable superhero on the planet but also the most unknown. Just what he can be?"

What do you think of his decision to reject the Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh incarnations? Personally, I feel that adhering to the Nolan model offers the most upside and will allow the tentatively titled Man of Steel the most room to breathe on its own, but only time will tell.

(Via Hero Complex)