For director Zack Snyder, the prospect of taking on one of the oldest existing comic book characters--one who has had a presence on the large and small screen and just about every possible form of media in the 75 years since his introduction--may have been seen as just another achievement in his burgeoning career as a director who has built a career on bringing comics to the big screen.
The resulting Man of Steel introduces British actor Henry Cavill in the role of the new Superman in what should prove to be a popular choice, as should the casting of Amy Adams as the new Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, and Michael Shannon as General Zod. Without any question, it's Snyder's biggest and most ambitious film to date--which is saying something when you realize how long it took for anyone to dare tackle Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen. It's also easily one of the biggest movies of the year in terms of sheer scale and the biggest movie since last year's The Avengers--it may even be bigger, if you can believe it--which might come as a surprise to anyone who wrote Snyder off when he choose to set aside adaptations and franchise and tackle his own original idea with 2011's Sucker Punch.
Over at SuperHeroHype, they've been following Snyder's career quite closely back to when he decided to tackle Frank Miller's 300 and through his adaptation of Watchmen, and keeping with tradition, they got on the phone with Snyder just a few days before Man of Steel's release to ask the director a couple of the questions they'd been pondering since they first heard he got the gig directing Man of Steel.