The LA Times had a chance to talk to Zack Snyder about the latest DVD version of “Watchmen” that’s about to be released. Needless to say, the subject of “Man of Steel” came up, after a long discussion of how important and popular “Watchmen” is and how different from the Marvel superhero movies. Here’s how Snyder described his take on Superman:
It’s a more serious version of Superman. 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’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.
This fits in with the Warner Brothers Bataan Death March like approach to superhero movies and comics. Sure, the Nolan Batman movies are great, but fun isn’t necessarily a word that comes up when you think about watching them. As Alan Kistler wrote, it often seems like WB is embarrassed by the trappings of comic books and have an urge to run away from them, as if the only way to be important is to be serious. I’m not saying that Superman should be tossing off one-liners–even beginner comic book readers know humor isn’t one of Superman’s super powers–but you don’t have to turn the cape into armor in the name of realism and seriousness.
I guess what I’m saying is that Snyder’s comments didn’t exactly make me excited for “Man of Steel.” I’ll see it because the cast is so good, but I’m not exactly inspired at the moment.
You can read the whole interview here. “Man of Steel” opens on June 14, 2013.