Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill Talk Reinventing Superman
March 15, 2013
Remaking the last son of Krypton would be quite a daunting task, especially if it's for modern audiences who have 'seen it all.' But the way that director Zack Snyder is approaching Superman in Man of Steel has already struck a chord with many based on the trailers alone. In the latest issue of Total Film (which Man of Steel is the cover story for), Snyder and star Henry Cavill spoke about making the character relatable and interesting for modern audiences.
“We’ve tried to make a Superman movie where he does stuff and you go, ‘Yeah, if I was Superman, that’s what I’d do,’” Snyder said. “Even though he’s an alien, he’s more relatable, more human.”
Cavill, who portrays the namesake of the film, elaborated on this idea. “This is a Superman for a modern age. It’s not betraying anything that Superman is, but it is grounding everything in reality. It’s the story of this incredible being who can do incredible things, but whom we can associate with. Because he’s gone through troubling stuff and had to make tough choices…”
Flying into 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on June 14, the action adventure also stars Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.
In the film, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.