We're just weeks away from the arrival of Batman v Superman and the director is still defending his choices on Man of Steel.
The ongoing debate over how Superman was portrayed in Zack Snyder's 2013 film -- willing to kill and seemingly indifferent to the mayhem and mass death he inadvertently causes -- has continued to linger over that film and cast a shadow on Snyder's soon-to-be-released followup, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
But with that movie opening soon amid speculation over whether the criticism led Snyder to approach Kal-El differently this time out, the director said on the Hall of Justice podcast (via EW) that everyone has it wrong:
“People are always like ‘You changed Superman.’ If you’re a comic book fan, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you know the true canon, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you’re a fan of the old movies, yeah, I changed him a bit. That's the difference. I'm a bit of a comic book fan and I always default to the true canon. Not the cinematic canon that sort of, that in my opinion, plays fast and loose with the rules. And so, I feel like I tried to create a Superman that would set a tone for the world."
"My point is that we don’t take liberties [from the characters’ comic origins] -- what we’ve done is create a place where they can really be the mythological characters as designed in the comic books."
That is a matter of opinion. While it's true that Superman has killed a handful of times in the comics, whether you think that Snyder's darker, more brooding take on the Man of Steel is closer in spirit to the comics is widely subjective. You can respect Snyder's vision (or not), but he's clearly not in the position to speak so authoritatively on the matter.
Nevertheless, he has said that Batman v Superman will address the impact of having a being like the last son of Krypton hanging around Earth, because as the director muses, "You can’t just have superheroes knock around and have there be no consequences." Whether that is the "thesis of Superman," as Snyder states, is also a matter of viewpoint, but we'll see what he comes up with on March 25, when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice invades theaters everywhere.
Meanwhile, do you think he did change Superman, or did he stay true to the canon?