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‘Modern’ Man Of Steel ‘Needs To Be Physical,’ Zack Snyder Says

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.


  • Kenneth Livitski

    What else to expect in Zack Snyder’s Superman: lots of slow-motion flying and bullets… LOTS!!!!

  • lead sharp

    Bullet time super speed…hooray.

    No really, woop.

  • Dawnell_do

    And probably hot women and maybe some good fight scenes.

  • Namtab

    I agree that we desperately need a “physical” Superman. The character debuted in Action Comics #1 — so it would be nice to see some damn action.

    I’m hoping that Snyder and Nolan will kind of balance each other out to the point where we get an awesome Superman movie with great story/character moments and some good action scenes.

  • BatrocZ.Leapair

    Yeah, I want the Max Fleischer Superman that punches giant robots and flies through molten lead and such.

  • Vanja Čustović

    for the love of god…give him something TO FIGHT.

  • 2000filmfan

    I expect to hear he’s considering Kim Kardasian for Lois. As long as that does not happen, I’m happy since he already tried these media stunts with Kristin Stewart and Lindsey Lohan.

    The action and physicality plan sounds good to me even though his previous suggestions sounded like he’s considering a CGI muscle suit.

  • Anonymous

    Action #1 is a pretty good template really, barest minimum origin, straight to Superman in costume kicking ass.
    I’d especially like to see him throw a wife beater through a wall saying you’re not fighting a woman now.
    Those early stories are more relevant than ever, with him learning how to hero – even fly in costume, fighting corrption as well as technology terrorists

  • Grant

    I think the tabloids had more to do with those stunts. I really doubt Lohan was seriously considered.

  • 2000filmfan

    I wish I could agree with you regarding the tabloids.

    Studios will float this kind of gossip to keep their projects in the news. In fact this article is an attempt to keep audiences focused on a movie that will not premire for a year.

    Do I think Stewart or Lohan stood a chance of being cast? Absolutely not! Regardless of Lohan’s distant past the insurance rates for protecting themselves against any drug influenced shenigans would be huge. Basically her tabloid driven self-promotion campaign has priced her out of the market. The Devil would have cast before Stewart, because fan boys can’t stand her.

    Snyder and studio don’t need to try so hard, an audience for this film is assured.