No one needs any introduction about Zack Snyder, director of films like 300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch and of course most recently Man of Steel.
Here is Zack Snyder talking exclusively about Superman and Man of Steel.
What is it about Superman that has kept him relevant for 75 years?
He is the first and most powerful and most cleanly mythological superhero. He can fly. He’s got super strength. He wasn’t turned out in a laboratory accident or anything weird like that. It’s like he’s a native superhero, you know. A lot of those superheroes had to buy their superheroeness. They had to build a suit or get bit by a spider or something like that where Superman is like, “No, that’s just how it works. This is how I am. I wish I wasn’t Superman, but I am, so it’s pretty cool.”
What does it mean for you to be directing the film?
I love the character and I love the world building concepts of making, creating this giant universe. It’s really fun to have gotten to this point where people can just enjoy it and spend 2 hours and 20 minutes in the world of Superman. It’s fun for me to let the movie loose like that.
What was it like for you to create that world?
I’m pretty strict with the canon…with the “No it’s got to be Krypton. It’s got to be Metropolis. It’s got to be Kansas. It’s got to be the scout ship. It’s got to be Fortress of Solitude. It’s got to be Daily Planet and Metropolis.” All the things that make Superman, Superman has got to be there. When you look at the S, you’ve got to be like, “Oh yeah that’s the Superman S.” When you look at the suit, you’re going to say, “That’s Superman’s suit.” I’ve sort of put it through my own aesthetic, but at the same time I definitely have been pretty hard on everyone to make sure that it’s Superman.
What are the challenges taking a comic book movie and placing it in the real world?
The challenges are pretty huge because you’re dealing with basically an impossible physical reality that you’re trying to ground in every day. And so we’re shooting the movie in the most realistic and urgent style we can to help ground what’s happening. I think the big challenge is to not lose the fun of what Superman can do, but not break it with some sort of cheesy camera work that makes you think “Oh, okay. This is a movie. Everything’s going to be fine.”
Casting the right Superman is of paramount importance for this film. So what was it about Henry that made him right for the role?
Henry was right for the role I think for a lot of reasons. I think what stands out to me is his humility, like natural humility. He’s a humble guy and when you talk about service, you know, the idea of service, which is what Superman is all about in a weird way… I think you’re really talking about Henry again. I think he grew up in a military family so he understands that concept of just give everything and that’s what Superman is about
If you could have any superpowers, what would it be?
I would say that my superpower would be the ability to throw a rock, a small object over a mile accurately.