MAN OF STEEL Director Zack Snyder Talks Superman’s Flying and His “Ancient” Approach to Designing

Posted April 26, 2013 by Rick in Movie News


We all waited a while to see the first footage from Man of Steel since the film started production in the fall of 2011.  We’re getting closer to the release date and we learned more about Zack Znyder‘s new perspective on Superman.  The director recently admitted to the backlash he received when it was first announced that he would be directing the new Superman movie, and now we have a new interview where Snyder talks more in depth about how he approached the “Superman flying” scenes and creating the planet of Krypton.  Also, he spoke about the first time he saw Henry Cavill in the suit.

Snyder spoke to SFX though CBM about how he made the scenes in Man of Steel where Superman flies:

“It’s a more violent experience. It’s raw. It takes effort to do it, and that’s what we were really going for. It’s almost like there’s this kind of Right Stuff quality to it. He’s constantly booming around, accelerating. You think he’s going as fast as he can and then it’s like ‘Yeeaahh!’ He’s always got an extra gear he can use.”

We saw planet Krypton in full, and the filmmaker spoke about his design for Superman’s home world:

“I really wanted my Krypton to be this kind of special place that’s immersive and totally different from Earth, but not unbelievable. And ancient. I really wanted to give this ancient feeling to Krypton. I love technology that’s rusty because it’s so old. It’s so advanced, but it’s so old. That was the kind of world that I tried to create. A dying world that’s ancient and torn apart.”

Lastly, Snyder explained why Cavill was the right actor for the job to step into Supes’ tights as he remembered a story about seeing the actor in the costume for the first time:

“God, he’s so Supermanish it’s crazy! There was a telling moment – we put him in the Christopher Reeve costume, because we didn’t have a suit yet, we just had the old spandex suit. He stepped out of the trailer and no one laughed. It’s the difference between being Superman and dressing up like Superman. If I’m dressed up like Superman it’s like a Halloween costume. If you’re Henry it’s your clothes. It’s awesome. Watch the movie and you’re like ‘Holy shit, that’s Superman.’ And it’s not weird or crazy, it’s just cool.”

Cavill looks complete in the finished version of the costume, but we see much of his actual performance in the film’s trailers.  All information will be revealed soon so brace yourselves for Man of Steel in theaters on June 14th.