Ok, comic geeks, get ready—those of you who found Bryan Singer’s take on the Superman franchise, Superman Returns, a little too tepid or slavishly bound to Richard Donner’s excellent original film, rejoice—as director of the upcoming Supes reboot, Zack Snyder, says he won’t be bound to the original films’ mythology at all.
According to the L.A. Times, Snyder had this to say:
“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.”
Or, as he breaks it down, his guiding ethos is “Respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.”
Snyder also revealed what it’s like working with Christopher Nolan, who has been tasked with overseeing and guiding the Superman project to fruition:
“It’s been really great… Chris is awesome. He’s super-respectful but super-helpful, too. You can’t imagine a more generous [collaborator] … once he sort of got what I want to do with it, he was like, ‘OK,’ and once he said, ‘You know what, that’s awesome,’ now he’s 100%. If I say, ‘What do you think of this?’ he’s like, ‘That’s awesome,’ and then there’s a great give-and-take about it, a great conversation that we can have about it and making it better every day. And by the way, he’s hilarious too.”
Well, there you have fans. Fans of Snyder’s version of The Watchmen, which took several liberties with its comic books source, should be pleased. As for those who didn’t like it… well, just remember, this is a movie about a alien in blue spandex who flies around and gets really queasy around green crystals. We should probably all relax.
The film, which is tentatively titled The Man of Steel, is set for release in December of 2012.
What do you think of Snyder’s take on Superman?