Zack Snyder: Man Of Steel Is “A More Serious Version Of Superman”

Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder has told the LA Times’ Hero Complex that the film is a “serious” and “respectful” version of the Superman myth.

“It’s a more serious version of Superman,” he tells the site. “It’s not like a heart attack. We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you’re going to see a Superman you’ve never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made”

He also explains why he was so eager to take on the project. “He’s the king-daddy. Honestly that’s why I wanted to do it. I’m interested in Superman because he’s the father of all superheroes. He’s this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology? What we‘ve made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It’s been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully.”

And with a another new cut of Watchmen coming to DVD and Blu-ray soon, Snyder reckons that his adaptation of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel actually makes more sense culturally now than it did when it was originally released.

“In a weird way, Watchmen becomes more and more relevant as more and more superhero movies come out. After Avengers really would have been the perfect time to release Watchmen because it’s the anti-Avengers movie. With Avengers being this phenomenon worldwide, it’s interesting what Alan Moore did with that graphic novel and what we tried to do with the movie.”

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