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Although we don’t yet know who’ll play Lois Lane, the mysterious female lead or the central villain, we do know at least one thing about Warner Bros.’ new Superman movie: Zack Snyder wants a modern, physical Man of Steel.
In a snippet of an interview from an upcoming issue, SFX asked the director what drew him to the franchise reboot, which stars The Tudors actor Henry Cavill.
“My feeling about Superman is that I’ve been a fan of the character for a long time,” Snyder told the U.K. magazine. “But the question for me was always, ‘What can you do with Superman in a modern world?’ And I think the amazing thing that Chris [Nolan] and David [Goyer] have created, that I’m working on now, and the reason why I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do that,’ was that they found that in him. They found the why in him. That’s the exciting part for me.”
Asked how this Superman will differ from previous movie incarnations, Snyder said: “I can’t really talk about that without being kind of specific. But I can say I think Superman needs to be physical.”
That will certainly come as good news to those who complained that director Bryan Singer’s 2006 movie Superman Returns was light on action. It also may help to explain why the 27-year-old Cavill, whose role in The Tudors was frequently very physical, was deemed right for the part.
Snyder’s Superman reboot, thought to be called Man of Steel, is written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan. Charles Rovan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder also are producing. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are executive producers. Filming is expected to begin in June for a December 2012 release.