Ever since the trailer that was much, much, much better than any ad for a Zack Snyder has any right to be was released, we’ve been more and more hopeful and excited about the flashy director’s, Man of Steel. As Snyder’s films have an overwhelming tendency to go for style over substance (though that opening scene in Dawn of the Dead is still pretty great), one would fear that his take on the Superman franchise would more or less play out like his 300—lots of CGI, lots of muscles, lots of wooden acting, and lots of time-wasting; but with Man of Steel, he seems genuinely engaged by the source material.
In a recent interview, via Coming Soon, the director discussed his excitement about the project, and Henry Cavill’s immediate ability to project the right kind of Superman vibe (Snyder also sounds like an eight-year-old kid talking about a new toy, but hey, at least he’s excited):
“God, he’s so Supermanish it’s crazy! There was a telling moment – we put him in the Christopher Reeve costume, because we didn’t have a suit yet, we just had the old spandex suit. He stepped out of the trailer and no one laughed. It’s the difference between being Superman and dressing up like Superman. If I’m dressed up like Superman it’s like a Halloween costume. If you’re Henry it’s your clothes. It’s awesome. Watch the movie and you’re like ‘Holy $!@#, that’s Superman.’ And it’s not weird or crazy, it’s just cool…
“[His powers are] a more violent experience. It’s raw. It takes effort to do it, and that’s what we were really going for. It’s almost like there’s this kind of Right Stuff quality to it. He’s constantly booming around, accelerating. You think he’s going as fast as he can and then it’s like ‘Yeeaahh!’ He’s always got an extra gear he can use.”
He also described his approach to Superman’s homeworld of Krypton, and it seems as if he went for the original Star Wars trilogy look of a massively technologically advanced civilization that had begun to wind down into decrepitude:
“I really wanted my Krypton to be this kind of special place that’s immersive and totally different from Earth, but not unbelievable. And ancient. I really wanted to give this ancient feeling to Krypton. I love technology that’s rusty because it’s so old. It’s so advanced, but it’s so old. That was the kind of world that I tried to create. A dying world that’s ancient and torn apart.”
We’re still excited. Are you? Man of Steel opens on June 14.
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