More From Ayelet Zurer On MAN OF STEEL; Compares Movie To THE DARK KNIGHT

More From Ayelet Zurer On MAN OF STEEL; Compares Movie To THE DARK KNIGHT

The actress will play Lara Lor-Van in Man of Steel, and in the following interview she discusses the tone of the Zack Snyder helmed reboot, the pressure of playing Superman's mother and working with green screen.

Talking to Collider, actress Ayelet Zurer was quizzed on the tone of Man of Steel and just like the young actor who plays Clark Kent (Dylan Sprayberry) she compared the film to The Dark Knight. "I can’t say much, but from what I’ve seen, it looks closer to the darkness of The Dark Knight," she revealed. "Christopher Nolan is also executive producing the movie. It has a very dark feeling to it, and less of a black and white type of Superman. It’s going to be a little edgier."

As for whether or not she feels worried about playing an important character like Superman's mother, Zurer isn't letting the pressure get to her. "You know, if the scenes weren’t well written and they weren’t emotional enough, I would have had a problem because you are aware of the heroic moments, but mostly I didn’t feel that way, at all. They were just really good, dramatic scenes for me." The green screen also proved not to be an issue. "I wasn’t distracted, at all. It was very quiet and very well kept. People could not bring cameras or phones into the set, so it was very work-oriented. At the end of the day, you really want one thing, which is for your scenes to work. For me, that was great."


Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman
Amy Adams as Lois Lane
Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent
Diane Lane as Martha Kent
Michael Shannon as Zod

RELEASE DATE: June 14th, 2013.

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Josh Wilding
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Filed Under "Superman" 4/20/2012 Source: Collider
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DaenerysTargaryen - 4/20/2012, 4:01 PM
"Its closer to the darkness of The Dark Knight" I dont know how I feel about that
Knightrider - 4/20/2012, 4:03 PM
Darkness probably stems from the evilness of Zod, rather than Superman himself, so I am still very excited.
Spidey91 - 4/20/2012, 4:14 PM
as long Supes doesn't have a silly fake voice is all good :P

but seriously,there's just so much "darkness" that you can put into Superman without turning him into a completely different character.

I don't know about anyone else, but I prefer my Superman all stoic and sh*t. you know,bright beacon of hope and justice,the usual.
Ghostfire - 4/20/2012, 4:14 PM
I'm psyched for this. I hope Supes is done justice in this film.

As for the "Its closer to the darkness of The Dark Knight" remark, not every CBM has to be dark and gritty to be succesful. Just respect the character and their history, and you'll have a great film on your hands.

Same here.
Spidey91 - 4/20/2012, 4:15 PM
oh,I forgot badass.
GiantNerd - 4/20/2012, 4:21 PM
I wonder if they'll have a logical reason why people don't recognize him as superman.
dracolich666 - 4/20/2012, 4:26 PM
good thing the world is going to end before this movie makes it to the big screen :)
OnLeatherWings - 4/20/2012, 4:28 PM
I can hear the marvelites now. By saying it has a dark tone I think she is most likely the.choices Clark will have to make. It won't be so black and white. He's a boy scout in a very gray and dark world that is more than just good and evil. The movie will have a gritty tone but supes character will be the same good doing hero we all know. He's gona be pushed to his limits and beyond.

At least this is what I hope. WB did reveal the Lobo movie today :/
Spidey91 - 4/20/2012, 4:28 PM
as long Superman and Zod cause some serious property damage in the middle of Metropolis :)
JDUKE25 - 4/20/2012, 4:29 PM
I'm sorry, but I would prefer it to be closer to The Dark Knight instead of campy and lame.
brewtownpsych - 4/20/2012, 4:30 PM
@tea ... i like my coffee like i like my women ... hot and between my legs while i'm driving
superman78 - 4/20/2012, 4:30 PM
Josh- good find. But, I have to tell you... I am so nerd-mad that this is the only news about MOS out there right now. Come on. It's time to get some tidbits from the studio: more set photos, etc.

Is it a sure thing that there will be a teaser trailer before TDKR? I sure as hell hope so.
thetrojan - 4/20/2012, 4:33 PM
it will have no choice but to be absolutely wonderful
there are no excuses
the avengers has upped the ante
batman and spiderman will add to the pressure
add prometheus and any and all sci-fi superhero comics based movie from now until the release of this superman movie

there are no excuses
there are no excuses
there are no excuses
SpiderFan35 - 4/20/2012, 4:33 PM
If the choices are the corny, campy, cheesy path or the dark, gritty, edgy path I'll take the latter. Remember Superman Returns trying to remake the style of the old movies?

Supes is generally a good-natured hero, so I like it when he gets pissed and kicks some ass once in a while, it shows that even he can only take so much villainy.
Spidey91 - 4/20/2012, 4:34 PM

ok ok dude,just sayin' :)
I hope this rocks,Supes deserves a good movie for once.
OnLeatherWings - 4/20/2012, 4:34 PM
WB really needs to have another big DC property next summer. Fail
GiantNerd - 4/20/2012, 4:35 PM
Really though how are they going to explain his disguise?
JDUKE25 - 4/20/2012, 4:35 PM
@superman78 since this movie is coming out next June, I'd say it'll be somewhat how TDKR was this past year with photos, trailers and such. We'll probably get a little more than we did with TDKR this summer though.
OnLeatherWings - 4/20/2012, 4:36 PM
WW and Supes would be perfect in the same summer!
SpiderFan35 - 4/20/2012, 4:36 PM
Oh and she should have been Lois Lane.
JDUKE25 - 4/20/2012, 4:37 PM
@GiantNerd0720 we'll see when the movie comes out i guess. It is intriguing to know how they will but i'm sure they've done something. We didn't get a whole lot of pics when they were filming. At least, not of Clark Kent.
brewtownpsych - 4/20/2012, 4:38 PM
just goes to show how rare the nolans (and i guess the whedons now too) of the world are in hollywood. when these guys do something special, EVERYBODY tries to copy it. spider-man this year is going after the TDK's seriousness, and so is MOS. I suppose this is a good thing but eventually we will need a new shot of adrenaline.
Lilvic92 - 4/20/2012, 4:38 PM
I guess DC is gonna continue to make their movies dark/gritty. That makes sense of they're gonna try to make a joint universe for a future JLA movie. I'm down.
GingerBird - 4/20/2012, 4:41 PM
1. Grif is a grumpy piece of shit.
2. Nolan is the man.
3. If Nolan's involved, this movie will probably be better than all of that cookie cuter Marvel crap (and throw in Green Labtern for good measure because that sucked.)
GiantNerd - 4/20/2012, 4:42 PM
@JDUKE Yeah, its going to take something pretty ingenious. I'm excited about this movie. Mostly because they are going to do something completely opposite of superman returns. I really want to see some good superman action.
Spidey91 - 4/20/2012, 4:42 PM

Snyder is pretty good with adaptations (I loved Watchmen),and his visual style is a plus from me,so hoping for the best.
KnobGoblin - 4/20/2012, 4:44 PM
Superman will be the light shinning through that darkness.
WolvieCBM - 4/20/2012, 4:46 PM
This whole "darker, grittier and edgier" take on CBM characters works to a certain level. In this case, Superman lost his [frick]ing planet, it's not like he is going to parade around and be happy about it. Same goes for Spidey in the new film (grew up without his parents who left him behind). As long as you make a character relatable for audience, and make a good film in the meantime, it's all good.
SageMode - 4/20/2012, 4:49 PM
"I can’t say much, but from what I’ve seen, it looks closer to the darkness of The Dark Knight,"

"Christopher Nolan is also executive producing the movie. It has a very dark feeling to it, and less of a black and white type of Superman. It’s going to be a little edgier."

And this is what I'm afraid of. Superman IS NOT GRITTY OR DARK..
You can make a comic book movie of Superman great by making it MORE SERIOUS, not gritty.

I really don't like the sound of that, but I'll wait and see.
GiantNerd - 4/20/2012, 4:51 PM
I like dark stories. I don't know how I feel about the word gritty being tossed around for everything, but i'm just glad they didn't say they are trying to make it realistic.
JDUKE25 - 4/20/2012, 4:54 PM
@TheGreenArrow52 no I mean official photos, teaser and such. Not really anything leaked. We got official pics last summer for TDKR and the teaser, and this was while they were still filming. MOS has been wrapped for a couple months now and they've done their official movie pics to release to the public. So I'd say we'll be getting some of those pics and a teaser trailer at some point in the summer. Since it's such a long ways away they're gonna have to keep people realizing there's a Superman movie coming out next year.
JULEZ13 - 4/20/2012, 4:57 PM
Man of Steel being "dark" concerned me a bit, but then I realized she didn't exactly say Superman was dark and gritty, just the film.

In order for there to really be a "beacon of hope" - the little bit of light at the end of the dark tunnel - the world would HAVE to be dark.

Superman is the light in the darkness that is Metropolis and Zod just makes the world even darker.

I get it. And I can dig it.
LP4 - 4/20/2012, 5:05 PM
@JDUKE- I completely agree with you. Look, I love Supes and all but come on, every film he's had has been boring and cheesy. I think this film will need a clever dash of TDK to make it more appealing to a modern audience. What worked for Superman back in the 70's and 80's, certainly won't work now. I shall await the god damn Marvelites to twist and skew my words around.

And damn, even HONEST ABE hates Grif LMAO

poor teddy
Supes17 - 4/20/2012, 5:06 PM
Superman won't be dark. The darkness will probably be the kryptonian war, the death of his parents, Zod, and the situation he will be in on Earth.
GiantNerd - 4/20/2012, 5:07 PM
@LP4 Honest Abe is a straight hater. Unless its dc.
SpiderFan35 - 4/20/2012, 5:08 PM
@GiantNerd0720: I agree that the glasses disguise is tough to pull off in this day and age, and if they are getting rid of that too then they will have their work cut out for them. Cavill will have to bring it to portray a Clark Kent so different from Superman that no one sees the physical similarities I guess.

Or maybe he just carries one of these

GiantNerd - 4/20/2012, 5:10 PM
"If youwant the general audience to get back into Superman as a character you have give him challenges that are worthy of him."

Couldn't agree more.
headlopper - 4/20/2012, 5:10 PM
So by 'dark' she means Superman drops the 'F' bomb?
Comix - 4/20/2012, 5:11 PM
prettynuclear2 - 4/20/2012, 5:12 PM
darker is code for more adult
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