MAN OF STEEL EXCLUSIVE Zack Snyder Interview Excerpt

Movie Magic magazine, currently on sale throughout the U.S., which is written and edited by CBM's Ed Gross, features an exclusive interview with Zack Snyder regarding Man of Steel. An excerpt from that interview follows.

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By EdGross - 6/5/2013
Interview conducted by and copyright Edward Gross

MOVIE MAGIC: The last time I spoke to you was on Sucker Punch, and one of the only questions I was able to ask you regarding Man Of Steel was about the challenge of making Superman relevant to today’s audience. Your response was, “That’s because the movies have done nothing to make him relevant.” How did you address that with this film?

ZACK SNYDER: You have to think about what makes any movie relevant. It’s not necessarily that it’s topical; like, “Ooh, it’s about the economy,” or “It’s about North Korea.” I don’t think people really care about that. But what they do care about the difference between being topical and being timeless, or a movie that is done with heart and respect for a character. Our big thing when we made the movie was, “Can we make Superman into a character that you can relate to?” Whether that makes him topical or not, I don’t know, but that was what we really went after and that was the big work of the movie. It was making you go, “Hey, if I was Superman, that’s what I would do!” Which was a thing that I thought no one had really gotten to. He was always the “other” that you could look to; this god that whose adventures you could appreciate, but really didn’t allow you to say, “That touches a part of who I am.” I feel the original intent of the character — this immigrant orphan story — was the mythology of Superman, and that’s what we went after in a lot of ways.



MOVIE MAGIC: So it’s not so much looking up to see a god among us, but more like what if one of us was elevated above just being a human being?

ZACK: Exactly! And then you still have all of the same emotional pitfalls and problems; you still don’t know where you belong in the world. All of those things are still real, and those are things we are all asking ourselves when we look in the mirror. What am I? Who am I? What is my purpose? What is my point? That’s what Superman is doing, too, everyday.

MOVIE MAGIC: Not to get all fanboy on you, but there is such anticipation to see what you came up with.

ZACK: Well, I’m a big fan of the character, too, and at first I was really skeptical. Even before meeting Chris Nolan and talking about this version of the movie and what we could do, there was a time a few years before, before Watchmen, where we talked about whether or not there was a Superman movie we could do. I was in a different sort of mindset. Watchmen and [the] Doctor Manhattan [character] is as close to Superman as I felt like I was going to get. But in doing that movie, the why of superheroes, which is so carefully dissected in that film, made me in a weird way love the mythology and wanted me to support the mythology rather than dissect it. I loved dissecting it in Watchmen, because that’s what it was about, but then when we came to Superman, it was almost like you’ve got to know the rules before you can break them. I had broken the rules, and suddenly we had this character and I wanted to get to the why of this mythology and respect it and understand it. All of my films have been slightly ironic, from Dawn Of The Dead and even 300. There’s a visual irony or irony in every story. The biggest irony of Superman is that it’s not ironic at all. It’s the most realistic movie I’ve made; the most emotionally and physically realistic movie I’ve made, which I think is fun.
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JoeMomma29 - 6/5/2013, 6:09 AM
Bring on Supes and Batman!!!!
GUNSMITH - 6/5/2013, 6:10 AM
THIS WILL BE AWESOME ...MAN SNYDER DOES IT AGAIN HE LOOKS LIKE SUPERMAN, HE LOOKS LIKE THE COMIC BOOK
JoeMomma29 - 6/5/2013, 6:10 AM
And after this movie I will be calling myself Snydernite!
GUNSMITH - 6/5/2013, 6:14 AM


HE HAS THE SUPERMAN LOOK AND IT'S NOT LIKE REFRENCING FROM ANY OTHER SUPERMAN IN FILM OR TV BEFORE, ITS THAT "LOOK AND SPIRIT" OF SUPERMAN, THEY NAILED IT AND THEIR APPROACH AT IT WAS BRILLIANT.
JoeMomma29 - 6/5/2013, 6:19 AM
Gusto as Superman that is hilarious!!!!!!
EdGross - 6/5/2013, 6:35 AM
Thanks for the enthusiasm, guys. And I felt nothing but confidence from Snyder regarding this film. I really do think this is the one we've been waiting for.
Scorpion8125 - 6/5/2013, 6:39 AM
This movie will be awesome.

but...

Cavill will be playing a Superman 5 years older than he is. okay.

Amy Adams Lois is almost a decade older than Cavill, and visually, the difference seems greater. not okay. especially considering maybe a decade of sequels.

With makeup, they are trying to make Diane Lane look older than she is. My pants say, "Diane is still FINE!"

Conclusion: If Cavill pops a red pantiless super chub, it is gonna be mommy Kent Lane who caused it.

Holy Oedipus Batman!

BackwardGalaxy - 6/5/2013, 7:01 AM
Man of Steel - The closest thing to reality Zack Snyder is aware of.
chujong - 6/5/2013, 7:46 AM
@SuperCat

That is freaking hilarious!! You've made my day.
Zordan - 6/5/2013, 9:09 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP-8vK4nLI0 heres flash :)
TonyChu - 6/5/2013, 9:11 AM
@blackandyellow One of the best gifs ever.
aztecRaingod - 6/5/2013, 10:37 AM
@MCGEE

Yea I read that crossover.

Lets see, Thor is the God of Thunder and Lightning.

Superman is extremely vulnerable to lightning.

Number of times Thor uses lightning in the fight = Zero.

Ya think Thor MIGHT have been jobbed in that crossover?
Ruin818 - 6/5/2013, 10:41 AM
Very good casting by Snuder as usual, but as excited to see Superman done right in live action, Im equally as excited and intrigued to see Lex Luthor finally done right as well. I'd like to see something different and not see an obvious casting choice. I'd personally love to see Josh Brolin in a more ruthless business genius type as he played in Wall street 2. But my dream choice would be Denzel Washington (despite race) for some reason, i think he'd knock it out of the park.
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 6/5/2013, 11:59 AM
@AztecRaingod, Superman has taken numerous lightning hits and shaken them off, so I don't see how he is vulnerable to them . Thor is not a magical being, he is an elemental demi god who with his magically forged hammer can call down lightning and fly. His super strength is his by birth. I would give a give a fight between Superman and Thor to Supes. Thor is not physically on the same level, close but not even. Supes can counter his lightning with his heat/laser vision. Not to start a flame war, but with Superman's countless powers he would beat Thor. IMO
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 6/5/2013, 12:01 PM
Snyder seems to understand and like Superman so we should have a great
CBM! Looking forward to MOS!
lucio7lopez - 6/5/2013, 1:33 PM
@aztecRaingod
1. Superman and Thor. They have a fight, Thor lose, Super win. THE END (no excuses) Come on!! Super is more powerful, just let it be.

2. Superman and lightnings?? Serious? He can enter in a volcano and go outside to eat his breakfast, and you think he can be affected for a lightning?? He can resist mega-volts, he can resist a atomic bomb, he can resist a anti-matter beam... I need to go on?

3. Other thing: Thor's hammer is to invoke the lightning, not a "magic lightning". The lightning can transform you in a frog? Or can make you falling in love? Or can resurrection someone? Not, is a "invocation" spell not magical electricity.

4. Fight against Thor (or Hulk): for Superman is like a funny day.

5. Take easy, everybody knows they're comic characters, the writer decide who win, that's all. Peace.
lucio7lopez - 6/5/2013, 1:37 PM
Mr. Ed Gross. Thanks for a great interview.
Zack Snyder is a great director. He can make a movie and show respect for the characters and their legacy. I'm think we (the superman fans) can feel very proud for have our favorite superhero in the right hands!
DCMultiverse - 6/5/2013, 1:50 PM
Fandango just announced that MAN OF STEEL is outselling every other Summer Movie! LOL Hells Yeah! Guess all the spammers should give us a moment of solitude as they eat their words! :-) Good Times!
TheWolverine08 - 6/5/2013, 2:00 PM
@lucio7lopez Thor beats Superman.
1. Thor is a warrior who has been fighting for thousands of years. Superman has the fighting skill and warrior ability of a street thug.

2. Thor CAN use magic. He doesn't need his hammer to do magic. His magic will weaken Superman enough to beat him.
lucio7lopez - 6/5/2013, 2:09 PM
@TheWolverine08
Ok! ok! This is a endless discussion.
I insist, even Daredevil could win against Thanos or Green Arrow could defeat Amazo if the writer do a good job and create a good story.
To me Superman is more powerful, for you Thor is more powerful, and you know what? That's ok to me! Greets
Jollem - 6/5/2013, 3:08 PM
good stuff. never had a doubt
BreadPitt - 6/5/2013, 3:27 PM
BreadPitt - 6/5/2013, 4:30 PM
@FreakingIntelligentRobertGriffin- For Gusto thats a sex move. Youre actually turning him on with your junk in his face
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 6/5/2013, 4:44 PM
Great article Ed. Keep them coming.

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