MAN OF STEEL Visual Effects Supervisor Says The Film Does Away With Pretense

MAN OF STEEL Visual Effects Supervisor Says The Film Does Away With Pretense

Earlier this week, we heard actor Laurence Fishburne and composer Hans Zimmer discuss Warner Bros.' Man of Steel and now we have words from visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri.

After a period of relative quietness, we've heard some interesting tidbits about Man of Steel this week thanks to interviews with Laurence Fishburne and Hans Zimmer. Now a new interview has surfaced with the Emmy award winning Joe Letteri of WETA. Obviously, he couldn't go into specifics but he did speak abstractly about the film saying, I can’t talk too much about Man of Steel yet, and I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, but overall it’s the story that’s most exciting. It’s a nice re-envisioning of the story of Superman leaving his homeworld and coming to this new one." Nice to hear some praise for the film but it's Letteri's next few quotes that are truly interesting. "If you look at what Zack [Snyder] has done you’ll see that they’ve abandoned a lot of the pretense that was in the comics and asked “Can we still make this work,” he went on to say. What exactly does he mean by Snyder's abandoned some of the pretense? From earlier interviews with Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer, they've hinted that Superman may not be quite as powerful as he is in the comic books. In a comparison to Superman Returns, it was plainly stated that their Superman can't hold up a continent. But does pretense in this context pertain to Superman's powers or to the character and personality? Or does it pertain to the peripheral aspects of the character like his ability to maintain a secret identity through a pair of eyeglasses? Previously released stills have shown that Amy Adams' Lois Lane is on the hunt for Clark Kent well before he debuts his Superman alter ego. "They’re sticking to realism as much as possible. Fantastic elements are still there but a lot of it that been trimmed back to make it feel as though this actually happened," Letteri continued. An interesting quote, one that could be interpreted in many ways. What do you think it means, particularly in this context from the film's visual effects supervisor? If this pertains to Superman's power-level, it makes sense as a too-powerful Superman really lessens the need for a Justice League.

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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.

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