Sunday, March 27, 2011

Zack Snyder Describes His 'Realistic' Take on Superman

Based on his hyper-stylized previous films—Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen and the just-released Sucker Punch—Zack Snyder doesn’t seem all that interested in realism, but the director affirmed in a recent interview with io9 that his forthcoming Superman reboot will be “the most realistic Superman movie ever made.”

So I take it the Man of Steel won’t be flying around the world to turn back time or flinging cellophane “S” emblems at the bad guys, will he?

Snyder explained, “It takes place in the real world much more than [my previous films]... I mean, I’ve just never had the subject matter that needed that, you know what I mean? Like everything I’ve done up to this point really has the benefit of existing in a stylized world. It’s fun for me that the most realistic movie, the movie that I’d say I'm making in the most realistic way of any movie I've ever done is a movie called Superman! That's kinda fun!”

Interesting. While one might assume based on this statement that the next Superman film will be a dark and gritty Batman Begins-esque reimagining of the Last Son of Krypton, Snyder clarifies that this isn’t the case.

I wouldn’t say, “Oh, that’s what Chris did with Batman…”, but I’m just saying that makes sense to me for the character. Because I’d say that the thing that makes him real, and the thing that makes Superman awesome, is if you feel like he's real, what makes him real is that he exists in a world that you can say, “Oh yeah, I’ve been to that grocery store, I’ve been to that.”

Honestly, I think Superman is a comic book character that would work quite well in a stylized world, but we’ll see what Snyder has in store.

Speaking of Snyder, I’ll be seeing Sucker Punch later tonight. To find out what I thought of the movie, follow me on Twitter.

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