Everyone, from fans to critics, are speculating what Zack Snyder’s take on Superman will be. Well now we have an inkling and also know what it won’t be.
In an interview with the L.A. Times’ Hero Complex, Snyder spoke candidly about how he feels this Superman film should be approached. “Respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies,” he said.
With three roles now cast, Henry Cavill as Superman, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Kevin Costner as Jonathan, it’s obvious Snyder has a particular vision in mind but that vision will be unlike anything that came before it. ”Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies,” he said. “If you look at Batman Begins, there’s that structure: there’s the canon that we know about and respect, but on other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven’t been any other movies.”
Unlike the Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns, which paid close attention to emulating the Richard Donner films, Snyder is making sure to separate his movie from the flock. “Superman is the one constant in the universe. You know that if you do Superman right — or at least if you do him with respect — you know you end up with something great,” he said. “[But] in some ways [beyond] that is virgin territory. No one knows what that is. In some ways Superman is the most recognizable superhero on the planet but also the most unknown. Just what he can be? People have preconceived ideas about him but probably all of them are wrong.”
As far as what the iconic superhero’s costume will look like, well, of course Snyder can’t say but just like Adrianne Palicki’s Wonder Woman duds, it will be revealed purposefully. “I’d love to talk about it.” said Snyder, “We’re going to have to show it before we shoot, probably a while before that because [otherwise] someone will be on the set and get a picture of it.”
Snyder’s Superman is set for a December 2012 release while his next film, Sucker Punch, hits theaters Friday.