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Snyder Starts Fresh: ‘There’s Been No Other Superman Movies’

Zack Snyder doesn’t plan to repeat the mistakes of Bryan Singer, whose Superman Returns was perhaps too beholden to Richard Donner’s iconic 1978 film and its sequel, becoming an uneasy homage rather than the spark to reignite the franchise.

To that end, Snyder tells Hero Complex, he’s approaching the Warner Bros. reboot from a fresh perspective, one that ignores the five films that came before it. Call it the Batman Begins Method. Or, considering his involvement in the new Superman, the Christopher Nolan Method.

“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,” he tells the Los Angeles Times blog. “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.”

The reboot, which will probably be called Man of Steel, stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. Although rumors have linked Kevin Costner and Viggo Mortenson to the roles of Jonathan Kent and General Zod, respectively, Snyder isn’t ready to make additional casting announcements yet: “There’s more to come and I think it’s consistent in its … awesomeness.”

The director also won’t share details of Cavill’s costume, but concedes it will likely be revealed sooner rather than later. “We’re going to have to show it before we shoot,” he says, “probably a while before that because [otherwise] someone will be on the set and get a picture of it.”

The new Superman 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.

Meanwhile, Snyder’s Sucker Punch opens on March 25.


  • Farson89


    I did like Superman Returns but making it a sequel to a couple of twenty year old movies immediately after the Batman franchise successfully relaunched seemed very silly to me.

  • Sdc10

    Im still not sold on Snyder directing, the guy seems more style than substance to me. Im really hoping to be proven wrong though.

  • demoncat_4

    glad Zack is starting from scratch for superman needs to start fresh ala batman begins. though wish he would use some other superman rogues then zod. if zod is the villain .

  • William Hodge

    I remain optimistic that Zod isn’t the main villain and hope that it’s Braniac.

  • Waddupjoshjohn

    forget zod, forget braniac, and for sure, DO NOT USE LEX LUTHOR! i’m soooo sick of lex luthor. i want superman to really go at it. i think DARKSEID would be awesome!

  • Adamh12110

    I hope against hope that this new take on Superman has familiar antagonists other than Zod and Luthor.

  • Scott Yearsley

    Anyone know what they’re going to do about the music? Personally, I hope they keep elements of the Williams score (the Superman theme just *is* Superman) but otherwise go off in a new direction. So not quite as new as Zimmer on Batman Begins, but a bit fresher than Ottman on Superman Returns.

  • Atomic Kommie Comics

    You do mean the NINE versions on the silver screen…
    Fleisher/Famous Studios/Paramount cartoon series
    Two Columbia Studios serials
    B-Movie for Lippert Pictures (Adapted into the Adventures of Superman tv series’ only two-parter)
    Four Warner Brothers feature films (1-3 and 5 were Warners, #4 was Cannon Films)
    …right? ;-)

  • Jacob

    They mean the Reeves/Routh movies which are the only ones anyone will compare this too.

  • Jacob

    Darkseid would be best served as the big bad at the end of a trilogy. He wouldn’t be able to get his due respect in a one-film story. But yes, I would love to see him in these movies, and it would be so fucking badass.

  • Cover55555

    Completely agree, Lex all the time is irritating. But, while he is a lot of flash, I can see Snyder pulling off an amazing job. Please just don’t be an origin story, I am so tired of it.

  • Mordalo

    It’s the comment about the costume that concern me.
    The costume is as big a part as the character itself.
    Last thing I think anyone would like to see is another Tim Burton/Nicholas Cage fiasco.

  • BradRz

    I think that Luthor should be acknowledged, if only through a brief mention/appearance (like Moriarty in Guy Richie’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’), but I’ll for the main foe being someone other than Luthor or Zod. No Darkseid for me though. I love the character, but I think his mythology is just too complex to fit into one film, especially a film that’s intended to reestablish the Superman mythos. I also think he’s way too fantasy-based for the ‘Batman Begins’ “real-world” approach it sounds like Nolan and Snyder are opting for.

  • Mr_Wayne

    Exactly! Unless you’re a die-hard Superman fanboy/girl you won’t even think twice about anything before Reeves/Routh.

  • Guydc3

    Sounds good. Even though I really don’t want to see the origin told again, a fresh start is best.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with the last movie wasn’t that it was a homage; it’s that it wasn’t very good, period. Poor premise, weak acting, no really stunning FX (the kryptonite continent was VERY unimpressive.)

    I hope they go for something more like Byrne’s Man of Steel reboot. I’ve always felt it would work better as a movie than a comic.

  • Jacob

    I’m fine with Luthor appearing — but not in an antagonistic role. Luthor is too integral to the Superman mythology to ignore, but there is a lot of potential in showing WHY he hates him so much.

  • Jacob

    What comment about the costume? They barely mention it, and all they say is they’re going to reveal it before it gets leaked.

  • Mwedmer

    I would be happy if they Reintroduce Luthor as a Powerful Person who maybe when his biggest thing happens, it is overshadowed by the first appearance of Superman Just enought to make him jealous and start plotting.

    I would also be VERY, VERY happy if Snyder confined his origin to an inventive opening credits sequence ala’ WATCHMEN, which is really all that is needed. Then have him established in Metropolis but maybe still living at home.

  • 2000filmfan

    I could be wrong about this but I believe the only way to provide a “Superman begins” story is to demonstrate who Superman is. That’s almost impossible without Ma and Pa Kent. This is why they are integral to the story and Clark Kent -Superman’s biological parents aren’t plus it seems like Zod will illustrate the all of the contrasting Kryptonian heritage needed (probably) toward the second half of the story.

    For people who fear this will be like Smallville obviously this story will surpass the “no flights no tights” hang-up that always head locked the TV show.

    If you think the Nolan realism will appear I just don’t think that’s possible being that the lead character flies in a red cape and disguises himself with a pair of glasses.

    Given the screen writer, producer, director and acting leads I’m sure we will get the great show we have been waiting for.

  • Atomic Kommie Comics

    Hey, I AM a die-hard Superman fanboy! ;-)

  • writer9

    True. past stories have shown that Luthor and Zod are integral parts of the Superman mythology but they do not need to be villains. Luthor is the self-obsessed businessman who believes himself to be the messiah of Metropolis (until Superman comes along). Zod is the ultimate patriot, who will fight tooth and nail for his people- even if it means protecting them from themselves.

    Who knows? Luthor can be there but simply serve as a background character, who gradually establishes plans to initially recruit Superman into his service. Once this fails, he opts to destroy him. This can be held off till the sequel or last part of the trilogy. Zod may appear in flashback scenes that depict the history/last days of Krypton. He is one of the few to believe Jor El’s predictions of the planet’s impending doom. But also fails to convince the Ruling Guild. He plans to lead a rebellion and eventually save Krypton; however, he is betrayed and arrested and placed in the Phantom Zone. He believes that Jor El is his traitor. But in truth, Ursa betrayed him after aligning with Braniac, who proceeds to destroy Krypton. Braniac promised her eternal life but instead kept her in cryogenic preservation to serve as a weapon against Krypton’s loose end- its sole survivor, Superman.

    Wow, got carried away there.

  • JMC

    Just call the movie “Superman.” Not Man of Steel, or Begins or whatever – just call it Superman. Only a half-wit would confuse it with anything else.

    Get a new score – I love the Reeve films, and the score is classic, but we have to move on and establish a new franchise. Forget the past – it’s always there, but we need to move on.

    Luthor has to be in the movie – but he needs to be a minor character that foreshadows a later, bigger, integral part in the next movie (I’m thinking the Joker as used in Batman Begins and Dark Knight). Get away from the “mad scientist” cliche and use the John Byrne approach that was a lot more malevolent than any other interpretation.

    And if they’re smart – open it up to the idea that this is the DC Universe, make a brief mention of other characters (maybe in their secret identities only). With the Nolan Batman Universe ending this is a great opportunity to commence a “World’s Finest” Batman/ Superman team up movie somewhere down the road.

    If the Avengers is a blockbuster just imagine how much money a Superman/ Batman movie will make!

  • Noyourbusiness

    They should base the movie on “Superman:Earth One.” The villain and approach to Superman was different from all the others and more today.