Zack Snyder Says Superman Is A "Fallen King" And MAN OF STEEL Is A Resurrection

Director Zack Snyder discusses Man of Steel with Hero Complex of the L.A. Times and addresses his attempt to return the 'grandaddy of all superheroes' to the forefront of superhero discussion. Be sure to visit our Superman section for all the latest on Man of Steel.

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By Mark Julian - 4/25/2013
Over at the Hero Complex blog for the L.A. Times, there's a new interview with a few key figures in Warner Bros.' Superman revival. Most of the interesting quotes come courtesy of director Zack Snyder who made an interesting statement about the current state of the superhero that started this whole crazy thing. Said Snyder, "In the comic-book universe, you have all these sort of minor celebrities that have been put up as the end-all, be-all. And then you have the fallen king who’s sadly relegated to the shadows. It’s cool to resurrect him and say, ‘Understand that this is the granddaddy of all superheroes.’” Will the fallen king regain his throne? We'll find out in June but the last domestic trailer for Man of Steel has escalated fan anticipation to unprecedented levels.

The article actually opens with a very interesting (possibly true) assertion that after the Christian cross, the Superman 'S' is the second most recognizable symbol in the world. In reply to that daunting statement, Snyder mused, "Whether that’s completely true or not, I don’t know, but you want it to be true. You feel like it could be true. And it’s intimidating to say, ‘We’re going to take on the “S” and we’re going to make it live again.’” Throughout the interview, there's a real sense of rebirth and reinvention as the primary element of Snyder and WB's goal for Man of Steel.

As for the superficial aesthetic that has become a staple of Snyder's visual style after films such as Watchmen and Sucker Punch, the director hints that he's dialed that nob back a bit for his next feature. “[Man of Steel's] the most realistic movie I’ve made. There’s no tongue in anyone’s cheek. I’m not apologizing for Superman in any way. I’m saying, ‘Superman is a thing that must be taken seriously and embraced and understood.’” As the trailer revealed, the "S" on Superman's chest is actually Kryptonian for hope in the Man of Steel world and based on everything revealed so far about the film, that exactly what Snyder and co. have inspired in the legions of Superman fans. Heaven help them if they fail to deliver anything less that spectacular on June 14th.

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Running Time: In post-production
Release Date: 14 June 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner,Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Christopher Nolan (story), David S. Goyer screenplay)

Man of Steel follows the Last Son of Krypton on his epic journey to become mankind's shinning beacon of hope for a brighter future. With the beliefs and values instilled by his adoptive parents Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, a young Clark (Henry Cavill) sets out to find his place in the world. But when the nefarious General Zodd (Michael Shannon) arrives on Earth, Clark will have to choose between being a normal human or Kal-el,son of Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and humanity's greatest protector and champion. Filmed in IMAX and shot in Vancouver, Chicago and Plano, Illinois, Man of Steel will be released on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) with a screenplay by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) the Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) produced feature film will surely be the summer blockbuster of 2013.


Source: HeroComplex
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BlazinTexan - 4/25/2013, 2:56 PM
So what you say is the word huh? sounds nazish to me
TaoOfTheBatman - 4/25/2013, 3:15 PM
it'll be interesting to see how the box office battle plays out, but really who cares as long as they both do well and way more importantly are both good movies. lets not stat the flame wars lol!
Scooby - 4/25/2013, 3:19 PM
Snyder, I love you man :)

113 - 4/25/2013, 3:20 PM
That's one of my favorite quotes from Bryan Singer actually. When he was filming Returns he said:

"You take the Cross and the S-Shield into a jungle and you'll have 50-50 recognition"
TaoOfTheBatman - 4/25/2013, 3:22 PM
that pic of haley atwell made me think she could be an alright wonder woman with her hair done a differently.
TaoOfTheBatman - 4/25/2013, 3:25 PM
@suspenseSmith i agree adams is my biggest fan boy gripe. she's a great actress and as far as her voice and performance she seems like she's going to be a good lois but as shallow as it sounds she just doesn't have that lois lane look, she's not hot enough...end fan boy gripe/nitpick
ahhmynuts - 4/25/2013, 3:25 PM
i honestly believe man of steel will gross more money in the US & Europe than Iron man 3. i know a lot of people that never really get excited about movies that are stoked about man of steel. wouldnt be surprised if IM3 wins worldwide tho
FilmsFan - 4/25/2013, 3:26 PM
Related to SuperMAN is IRON MAN!

& I just saw it!
...& I'll see it again to make a firm decision on whether I like it or not!
But right now... Initial thoughts... no spoilers!
Good stuff:

- solid story!
- RDJ & Guy Pearce are amazing!
- Cool tech & action!

Bad things...
- THE FVCKING MANARIN!!!!
- All action sequences except Tony house destruction!
- Taken EXTREMELY LIGHTLY!

AVENGERS only drawback for me was extensive amount of humour (even in places it SHOULD'VE been avoided like at Colsen death) but IM-3 just topped that.... Absolute LACK of EMOTION... Tension hasn't been built in ANY scene (Except House destruction) ... All emotional, dramatic & tense scenes were filtered through an unbeliable number of one liners & gags!!!
Like for Gods same we got it that MARVEL is fun & DC is DARK!
But don't take emotion & tension out of your film... Atleast for FEW minutes!
Story is SOLID & so is Acting!
I hope Guy Pearce gettes bigger after this!

& I'm not gona say anything on MANDARIN... But I really thought that after Heath's JOKER, Sir Ben Kingsley had the acting chops & character requirements to really take it to another level!
So whatever stuff is done with MANDARIN is just AWEFUL!
I really feel insulted!
& to quote Rhodey "I want to puch him in the FACE"!!!

I hope I enjoy it more 2nd time cuz I'm gona see it again... For STAR TREK 2 & especially MAN OF STEEL trailers... In 3D... they were AMAZING!!
TaoOfTheBatman - 4/25/2013, 3:26 PM
but then again neither was margo kidder
TheFox - 4/25/2013, 3:26 PM
Oh, Zack Snyder... you knock this one out of the park, and I may just forgive you for Sucker Punch.

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ahhmynuts - 4/25/2013, 3:36 PM
to the hayley atwell pic above:

if you like what about to say go and take it. if you dont send it right back...
i wanna be on you
TheOneAboveAll - 4/25/2013, 3:40 PM
No tongue in cheek makes it sound really good.
Hetzer - 4/25/2013, 3:48 PM
poor Snyder, he never heard about Heracles and ancient Greeks...
Angelus - 4/25/2013, 3:54 PM
Fallen king is not a term I can agree with here. I would rather say he is a king in exile, long forgotten but not gone. People have forgotten him, and most doesn't even understand the character so they blow him off as some sort of A4 paper sheet. This is the true Superman returns RETURNS. Make him relevant again. Make him lead and the rest of the DC heroes will follow. I cannot wait for Man of Steel!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheSuperguy - 4/25/2013, 3:55 PM
I agree with Levi. Also, in terms of box office, I predict The Wolverine will be like TASM. Make good money, but sort of forgotten in a summer of Avengers and Dark Knight Rises. Although I am really looking forward The Wolverine. Second most anticipated movie, number one is none other than MOS.
thewonderer - 4/25/2013, 3:59 PM
Hopefully Chris Nolans name on MOS as producer will get a lot of the people to the theater.

Gotta admire the man letting them use his name and then letting Snyder do his own thing in complete freedom.

The world needs this movie to succeed, both critically and financially.
CavEl - 4/25/2013, 4:03 PM
The House of El will rise!

exe - 4/25/2013, 4:10 PM
The Man of Steel will own the MCU all by himself. Thanos will cower in fear. Stark will piss in his suit then drink it.
Greengo - 4/25/2013, 4:21 PM
@blackandyellow: their new wraps are pretty good!
WingDingaLing - 4/25/2013, 4:26 PM
I love hearing Zack care about the character so much. THAT is what makes a great film.
Tony93 - 4/25/2013, 4:30 PM
idc about marvel films..
all I care about is how well Supes is gonna do
Darkknight23 - 4/25/2013, 4:34 PM
@TaoOfTheBatman-Hayley Atwell as Wonder Woman...interesting
Dinotron - 4/25/2013, 4:35 PM
JoeMomma29 - 4/25/2013, 4:42 PM
I am confident that MOS will rule the box office this year for many reasons. Everyone has been thirsty for a real Supes movie and they are going deliver on this on.
Shamo - 4/25/2013, 4:48 PM
i dont like his movies but i like the words that are coming out of his mouth. DC NEEDS THIS MOVIE. they need this movie to be everything he says it is so i'm rooting for him. because if this fails then the chances of seeing the B, C and D list characters on screen become slim to none. and personally, i prefer DC's lesser known heroes over their mainstream ones.
pintoman - 4/25/2013, 4:49 PM
At this point, Iron Man (RDJ) is more popular in the "outside" world.

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ManCalledSting - 4/25/2013, 4:49 PM
The man looks like he was born on a distant planet, and sent here to at Superman. This movie looks simply amazing, and I hope it does great. Haters gonna hate.
pintoman - 4/25/2013, 4:50 PM
Do you want Supes to do well at the box office if it isn't true to the character?
JoeMomma29 - 4/25/2013, 5:00 PM
@pintoman you think that Ironman is more popular than Supes?!
IIIAdamantiumIII - 4/25/2013, 5:02 PM
LOL superman is going to KILL at the box office and no doubt be one of the best cbms ever made... and this is coming from a diehard Marvel Fan. Face it SuperMan is the most known superhero of all time. Watching the trailer alone will make nonfans and the average movie goer want to see this film.
RyGoR - 4/25/2013, 5:18 PM
This movie will be so amazing. :)
Minato - 4/25/2013, 5:20 PM
So now Superman thinks its cool to be Superman again? Good I'm glad Zach Snyder single handedly resurrected the MOS.
JULEZ13 - 4/25/2013, 5:29 PM
Snyder is the man. He continues to say all the right things and sounds like a fan himself! I can't wait to see MOS.

Couldn't have picked a better director for the job!
TaoOfTheBatman - 4/25/2013, 5:47 PM
I'm with @pintoman, as much as i'm looking forward, no wait been dying for what man of steel looks like its going to be if its not true to the character and its a shitty movie i won't want them to move forward. but i'm very glad to say that i don't think thats the case i think this movie is going to be what i've been waiting a lifetime for. as i type that out it sounds silly but my first memories as a kid are with superman and i hope that this movie makes kid me proud.
lucio7lopez - 4/25/2013, 5:51 PM
I feel completely interpreted by the words of Zack Snyder, Superman deserves its place as the king of all superheroes
Emjeed - 4/25/2013, 5:53 PM
"We're going to Take the \S/ and we're going to make it live again"

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And he scored!
CavEl - 4/25/2013, 6:42 PM
NPaMusic - Goyer and Chris, mostly Goyer. Jonathan Nolan didn't touch the script.
Tallglass54 - 4/25/2013, 6:57 PM
I do have to say that the shield on his chest meaning hope is one of the best ideas for superman that I have seen in a very long time. I was afraid they were going to make superman the character dark and gritty l. To me that is just not who he is. The movie can be dark and gritty but superman the character has and will always be about hope and doing the right thing. That simple line from the trailer made me believe in this movie. It's going to be great.
Minotauro - 4/25/2013, 6:57 PM
@Wonderer - Zack Snyder will get full credit before the film, and after. Nolan was nice enough to lend a green light of his appreciation.
valeriesghost - 4/25/2013, 7:14 PM
As a lifelong Superman fan, he is saying everything ice always hoped a director would say. I just really hope the movie lives up to it. And I think it will. This is going to be a long two months.
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