Eternals director Chloe Zhao was inspired by Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.
Marvel Studios’ newest film Eternals is one of the most unique projects in their stable, much of which is due to the signature direction of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chloe Zhao. The film is also notable for its surprising references to the two most iconic superheroes that Marvel does not own: Superman and Batman. For example, the son of Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) upon meeting Ikaris (Richard Madden) believes him to be the Man of Steel himself.
Interestingly enough, Chloe Zhao revealed that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel inspired her, and she made clear that her portrayal of Ikaris was her own take on DC’s Superman. In an interview with cinema.jeuxactu.com, she sang the praises of her fellow comic book filmmaker:
“You said it, not me! Superman is the Übermensch, the ultimate man, the superman, a concept that exists in all cultures. Of all modern interpretations of Superman, this is Zack Snyder’s with Man Of Steel which inspired me the most because he approached this myth in an authentic and very real way. I remember thinking it was Superman by Terrence Malick when I saw the trailer. This film left a strong impression on me. But Ikaris is, of course, our own take on Superman.”
Some have compared Chloe Zhao’s Eternals to the DC Extended Universe films of Zack Snyder that include Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. In some cases, critics have compared the film to his in a derisive manner, but for the fans that dig the more introspective approach to characters have responded well to her choices. It will be interesting to hear what Zack Snyder thinks about Chloe Zhao’s film, given that the two of them have strong voices behind the camera.
Here is the synopsis for Chloe Zhao’s Eternals:
“The story takes place across two time periods. One storyline is set in the past when they operated as a formidable team and a close family unit. The second storyline is in the present, when the group has fractured and split apart, content to live among humans, hiding in plain sight. The prevailing threat of the Deviants, which once again threatens the existence of mankind, means the Eternals need to put their differences aside and regroup.”
Chloe Zhao directed Eternals from a script she co-wrote with Patrick Burleigh, Kaz Firpo, and Ryan Firpo. The cast of the Marvel Studios project includes Gemma Chan as Sersi, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, Salma Hayek as Ajak, and Angelina Jolie as Thena.
Eternals is now in theaters. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the future of Chloe Zhao’s films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Zack Snyder and the future of the Man of Steel, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.