Zack Snyder Says Superman Is A "Fallen King" And MAN OF STEEL Is A Resurrection
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.
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.
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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MAN OF STEEL: "The Battle Of Smallville"
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.
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