Zack Snyder doesn’t care what you think about Man of Steel because he made his Superman movie for himself.
Zack Snyder is one of the most polarizing filmmakers in the industry. Say what you will about the director, but he knows how to make a beautiful film. One of his most discussed films involves his rendition of the Man of Steel. Many fans think he delivered a masterpiece, while others think he destroys Superman’s history.
In an interview with FS Interviews from 2013, the director discussed a variety of subjects, including his approach for each film, but a chunk of time was devoted to how Snyder made his film about The Last Son of Krypton for himself.
Even back in 2013, Zack Snyder was acutely aware of the criticisms that his films often received for not being too conventional, but the director stated that he had a vision in mind when first approached to helm a Superman film. To this day, as you very well know, Snyder’s take on Superman is seen by many with nostalgia goggles on as too far a departure from what came before. More specifically the Christopher Reeve films. And yet Snyder stuck to his vision on crafting a Superman film the way he saw it, not according solely to critics:
“I’m a fan of Superman. So I was always gonna make that movie. After 300, they asked me if I was interested in making a Superman movie. And I was working on Watchmen at the time. In my mind, that’s a hard jump. I was a big fan of Watchmen. I’m deep in Watchmen and deep in deconstructing superheroes. They say ‘Hey, do you wanna make a Superman movie?’ It’s like ‘I’m about to tear him down. I’m gonna kill him. I’m not interested in fixing him or making him interesting. He’s the enemy right now.'”
When discussing his approach to the film that would become Man of Steel, Zack Snyder drew parallels to Watchmen. The ending of the film is very hollow, he says, and many question whether it’s okay to like that. This, he said, served as the relationship he had with Superman when making the film:
“When you finish Watchmen, you’re like ‘There’s no hope. Is it okay to love this?’ And I think that’s the relationship I had with Superman in making the film was I really wanted to love Superman. I want Superman to be okay because he represents so much. He’s the first. He’s the greatest superhero. He’s the top of the pyramid, especially in the DC universe. In my opinion, in all of comics, he’s certainly the first and I would argue that he’s the godfather in every genre of comic book. To make him work is to make that world legitimize that world…for me, the responsibility was ‘Make him work and you’re justifying the ‘Why’ of comic books and graphic storytelling.”
Snyder goes on to discuss how he always intended for the extended Krypton sequence in Man of Steel. He stated that he hoped that, in hindsight, viewers would realize that he made his films by design, not just for the sake of being ironic or random. The ‘why’ of how come fans didn’t like the film is what stuck with him the most. But then who, ultimately, are the films made for?
“I have not changed. I really make the movies for myself. It’s what I want to see- you only have the benchmark of yourself. Like if you ever try and make a movie for someone other than for yourself, I feel like you’re gonna blow it because you don’t know how anyone else is gonna feel. You go ‘Do I find that emotionally real? Do I find that interesting? Is that the Krypton I want to go to? Is that the Superman I want to see fight? Those are the questions you ask yourself constantly.”
Here, have a listen to Zack Snyder discuss his approach for Superman in the interview below:
Again, to this day, many clamor that the Superman we currently see on film is “Not my Superman.” “He doesn’t smile enough.” You’ve heard the familiar criticisms from certain sections of fandom. And yet, as Zack Snyder explained, he stuck to his vision and delivered a product that many in fandom still hold in high regard to this day. After all, reacting solely to criticism and making fast changes to appeal to the masses is what gave us Justice League in its current form.
And given his posts on Vero, it’s clear that the director still has a love not just for Superman, but the lore of DC Comics as well. With that said, what do you make of Zack Snyder’s approach to Superman? And what did you think of Man of Steel? Let us know in the comments below.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Russell Crowe.
The film is available now on Digital HD, 4K, Blu-Ray, and DVD.
Source: FS Interviews
Clay Enos Shares Hi-Res Stills Of ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Justice League’ & More
Photographer Clay Enos has shared a huge batch of new hi-res stills from DCEU films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Suicide Squad which includes several new images of Jared Leto as The Joker.
The hi-res images range from stills to behind the scenes photos featuring directors Zack Snyder and David Ayer working with cast members including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Will Smith as Deadshot. In addition to the new images of Jared Leto's Joker, a new image of Gadot as Wonder Woman in her own standalone film is included among the hi-res stills.
You can check out the images in the gallery below.
Warner Bros. and DC Films have many projects currently being developed including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, New Gods, and Nightwing.
The DCEU continues this month with Aquaman which is now playing and will be followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020. A standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Films universe starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime is also set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Aquaman is now playing. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the current DC cinematic universe as we learn it.
Source: Clay Enos