Zach Snyder “Pleased” that Nobody Cares Enough to Figure Out the Secrets of Man of Steel

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The secret is that this is the hairiest Superman adaptation to ever see the silver screen. (That’s not actually the secret.)

(We don’t know the secret.)

Zach Snyder, director behind the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel, says he’s “genuinely pleased with how much secrecy we’ve been able to maintain.”

Now, I don’t want to say that nobody cares about Man of Steel, because, seriously, it’s a Superman movie. It’s a comic book movie. It’s a movie that might have genderswapped Jimmy Olsen. There’s clearly interest there. But do with think that perhaps that when Snyder compares his experience keeping secrets on the Man of Steel set to “something Chris [Nolan] tried hard to do with the Batman films,” that it has something to do with how the Nolan Batman trilogy was a cultural juggernaut, and yours, so far, only has the arguable potential to become a cultural juggernaut? I’m just saying, I bet it was a lot easier to keep secrecy on the Batman Begins set compared to the Dark Knight Returns set as well.

But go ahead, Snyder, what can you tell us about your Superman? “Relatable and realistic doesn’t necessarily mean dark. I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing The Dark Knight… The Batman films are a lot more nihilistic; Superman has always been a story about hope.” Great! Because I’m a giant Batman fan and yeah, some times The Dark Knight just makes me want to lie in bed face down for a while and not talk to anyone.

Do any of your actors have things to say about the film? “[General Zod is] not a villain,” [Actor Michael] Shannon said. “He’s not a villain any more than any other general fighting to protect his people… He’s focused on being successful at his job.” I want you to know I’m being absolutely sincere when I say this, Zod: You go, girl.

(Total Film via Digital Spy.)

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