With Warner Bros. re-releasing Zack Snyder's "Ultimate Cut" of his 2009 Watchmen on Blu-ray this week, the filmmaker spoke with The LA Times about his fondness for comic books in general and offered a brief update on next summer's Superman reboot, Man of Steel.
"It's a more serious version of Superman," he says. "Itís not like a heart attack. We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that youíre going to see a Superman youíve never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made. Heís the king-daddy. Honestly thatís why I wanted to do it. Iím interested in Superman because heís the father of all superheroes. Heís this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology? What weĎve made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. Itís been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully."
The film stars Henry Cavill in the role of Superman/Clark Kent, alongside three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams (The Fighter), Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves), Oscar nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful), Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne (Whatís Love Got to Do with It), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix, Michael Kelly, Richard Shiff, and Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).
Man of Steel is produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters are the filmís executive producers.