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Zack Snyder Talks About Superman’s Underwear, Or Lackthereof, In Man of Steel


Lots of controversy surrounded the removal of Superman’s trademark red trunks in both the comic book universe and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. The director had a few things to say recently about the decision plus a few words on the impending Justice League film. 

Snyder spoke with the New York Post, and while mum’s still the word on what the plot of this film will actually be, he did speak to the “underwear” drama.

“The costume was a big deal for me, and we played around for a long time,” said Snyder. “I tried like crazy to keep the red briefs on him. Everyone else said, ‘You can’t have the briefs on him.’ I looked at probably 1,500 versions of the costumes with the briefs on.”

Still no word on exactly why everyone told him he couldn’t use the briefs but theories point to the change in costume in DC Comics New 52 titles. Meanwhile, star Henry Cavill had this to say of the new suit, “You come onto a project like this, and you hear about modernization and you hear about bringing things forward to today, and all you can do is hope that it’s going to look cool and different from anything you’ve seen before and I’m pretty sure it does.”

With Christopher Nolan acting as producer on the project, you can guess they’ll be at least a little Dark Knight flavor. “There’s a logic and concreteness that has to exist with Chris,” said Snyder. “You can’t just do stuff because it’s cool. He demands that there be story and character behind all of it, which I’m a big fan of.”

Although Nolan won’t be involved in Justice League, Snyder is at least considering how Man of Steel might impact it. “I don’t know how ‘Justice League’ is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t,” he said. “But ‘The Man of Steel’ exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that.”

Snyder is either deluding himself, or knows something we don’t. So far, Warner Bros. hasn’t adhered to the type of continuity we’ve seen in the Marvel superhero projects.

While there hasn’t bee much Man of Steel news as of late, we learned last week Battlestar Galactica’s Tahmoh Penikett will star in a role which could possibly be a well-known Superman villain.

(via io9)

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  • Anonymous

    If Lois Lane is portrayed well in this movie I really could care less about the red briefs or anything else regarding the suit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sheryl.nantus Sheryl Nantus

    I saw the trailer. “Deadliest Catch” meets Superman wasn’t what I was expecting. I have a feeling people are going to be looking BACK at “Superman Returns” as the better flick, imo…

  • http://fanboiii.deviantart.com/ strife

    Hrm, but the cast looks way better than Superman Returns so that’s an improvement. The only thing I’m worried about is how Zack Snyder handles things. Really looking forward to the second trailer with the Hobbit.

  • http://fanboiii.deviantart.com/ strife

    I really hope we get the spunky, gutsy Lois. Less desk writing and more field work. I’m not a fan of the business, assertive Lois. I like her strong willed, adventurous, and kind of a trouble maker

  • Brian

    I still miss them.

  • http://twitter.com/MellyFlickster Melly Flick

    Since when has Zack Snyder been a fan of “story” and “character” and making sure you don’t do stuff just “because it’s cool?” Because that is the exact opposite of the philosophy behind 300 and Sucker Punch.

    God, I hate you with a fiery passion, Zack Snyder. I hate you so much.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’d prefer a Lois that was at least ten years older than…Bosworth, was it?

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I can’t believe people have been going on about the teaser like it consisted of the entirety of the film. Clearly they didn’t want to reveal the good bits and showed off a very early montage that probably encompasses five or less minutes of total runtime.

  • Canisa

    Meanwhile, when they tried to give Wonder Woman some actual trousers…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742530231 Amanda Jean Carroll

    Oh, I think we can all rest secure in the fact that the Justice League movie will be awful. I can’t stand Snyder either, but I still wish he was involved just so we could have a feel for what we were getting. But if Superman has doggy-style sex with Lois while a soaring rock soundtrack plays (pretty much Snyder’s trademark as far as I can see) I’m going to get up and leave the theater.

  • Anonymous

    Well, first of all…I’m not sure why you feel the need to qualify “business and assertive” as if they are negative things for a woman.
    Lois Lane is, when written right a combination of ALL the things you listed. Strong-willed, adventurous, kind of a trouble maker and also really assertive and good at her job. A very good writer. Very capable of being a woman in a man’s world. All these traits go together.
    That said, I hope we see Lois out and about making a difference.

  • Anonymous

    Snyder seems determined to prove that he likes women. I think that was part of the reason he cast Amy Adams because he knew he was in trouble. As far the sex with the soundtrack….Smallville already did that and it was kind of awesome.

  • http://fanboiii.deviantart.com/ strife

    WTF? I never said they were negative or for a woman. It’s impossible for a single story to contain every depiction of Lois and it wouldn’t be good writing to attempt it either. Different stories reveal different aspects just like how any person can’t be summed up by one day in their life. I’m merely stated the characteristics I prefer to see for the character.

  • http://www.whatburnsmybacon.com/ What Burns My Bacon

    Just saw the movie and not only should they have kept the red trunks, but the brighter colors too. It was like watching “Man of Steel” in Dull-O_Vision. So far, most people according to a poll I’m taking would have rather have seen an updated version of the classic suit instead of the one used in the movie. http://bit.ly/11qOE6s

  • http://www.whatburnsmybacon.com/ What Burns My Bacon

    Just saw the movie and not only should they have kept the red trunks, but the brighter colors too. It was like watching “Man of Steel” in Dull-O_Vision. So far, most people according to a poll I’m taking would have rather have seen an updated version of the classic suit instead of the one used in the movie. http://bit.ly/11qOE6s