Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder And David S. Goyer Discuss MAN OF STEEL

The final Man of Steel trailer is currently making seismic waves across social media making now the perfect time to hear from the film's director, producer and screenwriter.

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By Mark Julian - 5/22/2013
Earlier today, the NY Times released an interview with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, producers Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer. Below, you'll find a rundown of the most tantalizing quotes from the piece written by the Times' Dave Itzkoff.


Director Zack Snyder discusses some of the more recent interpretations of the Superman suit seen in Action Comics #1 and on the television show, Smallville.
Snyder: “When they try to dress him up, put him in jeans and a T-shirt or a leather jacket with an S on it, I go: ‘What? Guys, it’s O.K. It’s Superman. He’s the king daddy. You should all be bowing down to him.' [Man of Steel will] respect the S. ”

Snyder continues to discuss his interpretation of Superman - an approach he says really looks at the history of the character and seeks to embrace all the intrinsic aspects of a character that possesses a rich back history.
Snyder: “He’s a really cool mythological contradiction. He’s incredibly familiar Americana and alien, exotic, bizarroland, but beautifully woven together. All of us, in a weird way, are that same kind of contradiction — no one’s that simple. If you follow him back logically and try to understand him you end up at a sci-fi solution."

Screenwriter David S. Goyer admits that growing up, he used to imagine he was a different superhero.
Goyer: “I used to imagine that I was Batman but not Superman. If he really were an alien when the world finds out that he exists, that in itself would be the biggest event in human history. That would change the world forever. There’s a scene in the movie where a younger Clark basically says to Jonathan Kent, ‘Why do I have to listen you? You’re not my dad.’ Which is exactly what my stepson said to me.”

Producer Christopher Nolan talks about the primary element that factored into Snyder being selected as the film's director.
Nolan: “[Zack has an] innate aptitude for dealing with superheroes as real characters. That was what a new approach to Superman required. He understands the power of iconic images, but he also understand the people behind them."

Nolan acknowledges that Zack's take on Watchmen is essentially a polar opposite of what's trying to be accomplished in Man of Steel.
Nolan: “It’s ironic but it’s a very productive irony. You’re dealing with a filmmaker who has deconstructed this mythology and now has to reconstruct it. That’s a fascinating challenge for him."

As far as using Man of Steel as a launching point for a larger franchise (and as many fans hope, a DC Cinematic Universe) Snyder says that's not the film's main goal.
Snyder: “This movie needs to come out,” before any bigger questions could be addressed. “If you start thinking, like, I need to set up a giant franchise for the studio because they’re out of ‘Harry Potters,’ you can’t do that. You’d just stay in your house and curl up in a fetal position waiting for ‘em to take you to the insane asylum."

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MAN OF STEEL: "The Battle Of Smallville"

Running Time: 2 hrs 23 min
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: NY Times
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TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 5/22/2013, 9:45 AM
Ha, [frick] you, Smallville. The whole leather jacket thing and Neo clothing was ultra gay. Give daddy his real suit, and not a 5 second CGI piece of Supercrap.
FightAs0ne - 5/22/2013, 10:16 AM
@Gambit They had to choice thanks to the BS lawsuit with dealing with Superman, which just ended this year.
KeithM - 5/22/2013, 10:19 AM
He had me from the first quote. Bring it on Zack. I'm ready.
MrReese - 5/22/2013, 10:20 AM
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TheBaroness89 - 5/22/2013, 10:20 AM
Smallville was handcuffed because of the lawsuit.
The king is back! All hail the KING OF ALL SUPERHEROES
DaMarval - 5/22/2013, 10:21 AM
Smallville was not allowed to use the suite. Anyway can not wait for this movie!
RolandD - 5/22/2013, 10:26 AM
So psyched. Superman in '78 set the bar for super-hero blockbusters. Just like he was the first comic super-hero, he had the first big movie. Loved that movie when I was a kid, even though there was a lot I would have done different, too, like a serious Luthor. I am not sure that anyone could replace Christopher Reeve in my mind as Superman, but I expect this to be a far better movie overall. Everything I have seen with Cavill seems right, though. He may be right up there with Reeve in my mind after I see the movie. Reeve just nailed the Superman/Clark Kent dichotomy. That being said, Clark today in the comics is much different than he was in the 60's, 70's and early 80's.
TheOneAboveAll - 5/22/2013, 10:27 AM
They speak
113 - 5/22/2013, 10:29 AM
MoS = Greatest CBM of all time.
GenerationX - 5/22/2013, 10:39 AM
Smallville absolutely WAS ALLOWED to use the suit...they even said they were. You folks have no clue what you're talking about. Pretty boy Welling just didn't want to wear it...simple as that
tonytony - 5/22/2013, 10:46 AM
The 3 wisemen in one interview. Nolan,Snyder and Goyer
GUNSMITH - 5/22/2013, 10:47 AM
SMALLVILLE STAYED TO THE END WITH IT'S MAIN GOAL WICH WAS TELLING CLARK'S STORY, NOT SUPERMAN'S..I WISHED HE WOULDA WORE IT BUT I THINK THE ONLY WAY YOU'LL EVER SEE HIM WEAR IT IS IN MANIPS

Eloisio - 5/22/2013, 10:48 AM
If you think about it, when it was released Batman Begins, movies based on superheroes in the DC universe took a more human and realistic. A film geared for all audiences: family, comic book fan, movie lover and good art and to those who were meeting for the first time Batman, etc..
However, when the Warner / DC released the film Superman Returns, this was a great movie, but seemed more concerned with the older crowd, a fan of the films of Richard Donner and Lester. A film geared for families.
And this was repeated with the Green Lantern movie (which in my opinion is a good movie and shows very well the appearance of Hal Jordan, but lack action and adventure in the movie), it seems that the film is also facing families and for fans of comics, but leaves out the other moviegoers.
I believe that with this film (Man Of Steel), Warner / DC along with Snyder, Goyer and Nolan are preparing a universe Dc facing all people, where there might be all DC heroes. Being that this will be a start for exelente plans of Warner / DC create your universe cinematography.
P.S. I hope Zack and Deborah Snyder, David S. Goyer, Christopher and Jonathan Nolan (Syncopy Films) and Johns Geoffs work together with Warner / DC to bring the world's greatest heroes to the seventh art
GodzillaKart - 5/22/2013, 10:50 AM
Everything that is being said here sounds perfect. The trailers are all fantastic. My expectations could not be higher for this film.
thewonderer - 5/22/2013, 10:50 AM
I really hope people aren't setting their opinions so high, they can't be met
darkknightmare2012 - 5/22/2013, 10:52 AM
i truly can not believe that smallville ended the way it did ... i dont see how tom welling and the rest of cast and crew can live with themselves for screwing us on it ...
jaysin420 - 5/22/2013, 10:53 AM
I agree about the tshirt and jeans in the comics but it wouldn't have made sense if Clark just put the costume on in the middle of the series on Smallville.

And I thought the black overcoat with the white S was a pretty badass look, especially when he stood in the dark.
GodzillaKart - 5/22/2013, 10:53 AM
@thewonderer: Artists grow and hopefully improve. Nolan, Snyder and Goyer have all made shit decisions in the past...and all done some great work. What is nice here is that everything that is being said sounds spot one. Every trailer has been great.
Emjeed - 5/22/2013, 10:57 AM
@HydraBobYearOne .. Thats why you can't spell"Our"
valeriesghost - 5/22/2013, 10:58 AM
My expectations for this film are high, but i have no preconceived notions as to what the film will be like. I just expect Snyder to deliver a great movie. From what i have seen i just want to sit back and enjoy the ride. But if this movie somehow completely sucks, it's gonna be like breaking up with my first love, the heartache will be tremendous. I've never looked forward to a film like i have this one.

I'm just ready for the movie to be here so i can maybe start thinking about something else. It's going to be great!
Tevii - 5/22/2013, 11:01 AM
"Respect the 'S'" but even though he does then WB still is scared to even use the name Superman in the trailer. and bleeps it out.

Hopefully this will change WBs take on a lot of things.
they need to realize how cool their pantheon really is.
thewonderer - 5/22/2013, 11:03 AM
They aren't stressing the actual term Superman because its freaking obvious.

Jesus
Timerider84 - 5/22/2013, 11:04 AM
Welling didn't wear the suit because he was fat and had he worn the suit, it would have shown. He didn't want to go to the extreme and hit the gym hard, so he opted to not wear the whole thing and use CGI.
TheBaroness89 - 5/22/2013, 11:12 AM
There were variables in the lawsuit that would be too complicated to explain to kids. Smallville was not allowed to use everything- if it could it would have been a re-incarnation of the Salkinds Superboy series.
It was minute little things that complicated the series like not using the name The Flash for what turned out to be Impulse. Using the blur word incessantly. It wasn't what detracted from the series though- the true faults of the series were the WB teen angst elements- the "One tree Dawson Creek"-ing of Supermans' mythology.
TheBaroness89 - 5/22/2013, 11:13 AM
and Welling most of the time was shirtless(yay!) so him being too fat for a suit is ridiculous.
TheBaroness89 - 5/22/2013, 11:13 AM
Oh yeah- YAY The King is back!
ATrueHero1987 - 5/22/2013, 11:25 AM
This film looks epic.

"You are not alone"!
darkknightmare2012 - 5/22/2013, 11:35 AM
@timerider84

Welling did put some weight on , but in season 9 he was still ripped and did a shirtless scene ... but nothing like he was in season 3 and 4 he was cut like rambo ... still though i think he just truly didnt want to wear the suit.
JR - 5/22/2013, 11:35 AM
Smallville was shait!
exe - 5/22/2013, 11:37 AM
The Return of the King.
darkknightmare2012 - 5/22/2013, 11:38 AM
i watched smallville from season 1 episode one ... i really wanted to see tom in the suit and i think he could of been a great superman ... but it is what it is ... by the way in the smallville scenes of mos henry cavill is definatly channelling his innner tom welling... looks like his younger bro in some photos.
lucio7lopez - 5/22/2013, 11:41 AM
Respect the "S"
This says all!

All start with Superman, he is the first "superhero".
Snyder, Goyer and Nolan are a dream team for this movie.

Man of Steel Greatest CBM of all time.
AC1 - 5/22/2013, 11:42 AM
I've given the older Superman films a bit of stick in the past, thinking they were too cheesy or goofy or whatever, even though I did enjoy the first two quite a lot. It's only now that I'm realizing how different the Superman character in the comics was back then, and that it was quite a faithful adaptation to that tone, and also a better couple of movies than I've given them credit for (although I'll never forgive Superman 2 for the rubber amnesia lips and the projectile cellophane S-Sheild).

Still, I have very high hopes for Man Of Steel, and I'm hoping it'll not only be as amazing as I'm expecting it to be, but also show people that Superman isn't the crappy, outdated character loads of people seem to think he is.
AC1 - 5/22/2013, 11:44 AM
I've never managed to sit through Superman III and IV (because they're shit), and I liked Smallville for a while (around Seasons 6-8) but never watched the entire series from the beginning and now think it's also shit, so I'll put a question to you guys who've seen those movies and Smallville - which is shitter? Superman III, Superman IV, or Smallville?
Brainiac13 - 5/22/2013, 12:06 PM
Yes Respect the S!!!!!!!!!!!!
rodddb - 5/22/2013, 12:09 PM
Superman III and IV where propably as bad as it can get but then you also have to consider.:

1. The Captain America movie that never made it to theaters.

2. Steel with Shaq

3. The Incredible Hulk tv movies with Thor and Daredevil.
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 5/22/2013, 12:15 PM
I like what I'm hearing from Snyder and Nolan. People and fans will respect the S again and realize how great and an important piece of Americana Superman is. They also touched on the fact that Superman is a complex and ingenious creation. Superman has aspects of sci fi, mythology, religion and fantasy. There is an aspect of him that can speak to all of us. Above all is that no matter how powerful you may be, what matters is that you do good for all. The once and future king is back, Superman!
KeithM - 5/22/2013, 12:17 PM
@fettastic: The complaint isn't really that it's hard to write compelling stories or a suitable challenge for him - it's the doing it month after month and not getting silly that's the problem. Comics are going to have that problem as long as they have a monthly deadline to meet. Movies have no excuse.
KeithM - 5/22/2013, 12:22 PM
If Superman IV had a decent budget it could have been ace (for its time):

*A little less buffoon, bit more not-[frick]ing-about Luthor.
*An actual super-villain
*A political Superman (getting rid of nukes)

But it didn't and was shit. Ah well. But still not as bad as Superman Returns. ;)

Looks like the new MoS is going to rectify all that though. Woot.
UltimaRex - 5/22/2013, 12:28 PM
"The one person who doesn't want to see [the suit] unfortunately is Tom Welling, so that's a bigger conversation."

-Brian Peterson. 2009.

Source: http://uk.eonline.com/news/watch_with_kristin/smallville_will_chloe_survive/120288

Welling refused to wear the Superman suit because he simply didn't want to.

WB didn't stop him.

The showrunners (from season 5 onwards) didn't stop him.

Everyone wanted him in the suit except for Welling himself.

Period.
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