Director, Zac Snyder and star, Henry Cavill of the upcoming Man of Steel film revealed some details about the new Superman reboot at the Comic-Con 2012 panel.
After an extensive search, Zac Snyder director of Watchmen, landed the coveted job helming the reboot of the Superman franchise. It had been six years since the last Superman reiteration, the poorly received Superman Returns. According to Collider.Com, Snyder felt it was time for Superman to be reintroduced to a new generation. He became involved with the project after receiving a call from producer, Christopher Nolan who had phenomenal success rebooting the Batman franchise. Nolan pitched a version of Superman that Snyder could get behind. Snyder felt in the past Superman was “a big blue boy scout on a giant throne” and he just wanted to see Superman “beat the snot out of some people.” Snyder revealed the story for the Man of Steel was not based on one particular story arc from the graphic novels but was based on different stories pulled together. Snyder shares he has “respect for the mythology of Superman, so it’s a mashing of stories.”
Henry Cavill, 25 is another British actor taking on the role of an iconic and very American super-hero. He played Theseus in the 2011 film Immortals and is now taking on the role of Superman and his alter-ego, Clark Kent. Cavill shared his take on the iconic Superman character. He wanted to modernize Superman and “to bring a modern version everyone can associate with.” He shares the pressure of taking on the legendary role, “I get to wear that on my chest. I just hope I’ve done what I can to please you guys, because this is for you.”
Zac Snyder revealed in an interview with the Los Angles Times, he respected the precepts but was not a slave to the films.
“’Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies,’ Snyder said. ‘If you look at ‘Batman Begins,’ there’s that structure: there’s the canon that we know about and respect, but on other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven’t been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of ‘Respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.’”
While still filming the Man of Steel last year, Henry Cavill was interviewed for a Los Angles Times article where he talked about filming the action sequences and the physical demands of preparing for the role of Superman. From the way he fills out the Superman costume which left very little to the imagination, he achieved his intended goal.
“‘It’s very exciting, I’m really enjoying it. Get stuck in there, getting my hands dirty and just immersing myself in what is the job. I’m loving every second of it. It’s incredibly hard work at some points. I’m just coming off of a 45-day lean because there were various shirtless scenes that I’m sure you probably saw online over the past month. To lean and to train and to work 12 hours a day is taxing on the willpower and the body, but the stuff we’re getting is fantastic and really, really fun. And I get to wake up every morning and say, ‘I’m Superman.’ I’m not complaining.'”
Man of Steel comes out next summer and also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.