'Man of Steel' introduces a brand new Superman

Director Zack Snyder, star Henry Cavill didn't want to take anything from previous film versions.
by Matthew Price Modified: June 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm •  Published: June 14, 2013

Director Zack Snyder wanted his take on Superman to be all-new, separate from any other film incarnation. Thus, “The Man of Steel” has no John Williams score or references to the Christopher Reeve films of the 1970s and 1980s.

The story of an infant from another planet being sent to Earth, where the child becomes a superhuman who fights for what's right, is based on the comic-book origins by creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. But the story gets a modern update in the screenplay by David S. Goyer (“Batman Begins”).

Zack Snyder assembled an all-star cast for the film, including Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Superman's father on the planet Krypton; and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, the Kansas farm couple who find the baby.

Snyder said his philosophy with the film was to act as if no previous Superman films had ever been made.

“We wanted to act as if we had found these comic books under our bed and said, ‘Hey. This would be a cool movie. We should make this Superman into a movie,'” Snyder said at a news conference promoting the film. “Because we had sort of taken that point of view, there was no cherry-picking of stuff.”

Henry Cavill, who dons the red cape in “Man of Steel,” was considered for Superman back before “Superman Returns” hit theaters in 2006. Brandon Routh was eventually cast in that movie.

Stepping into the role in 2013, Cavill said he didn't look at the performances of Reeve, Routh or anyone else to inform his “Man of Steel” performance.

“I did not take anything from the other actors who have played it before,” Cavill said. “As an actor, the way I do it and the way I viewed it, with all the actors that have come before, is that it's their interpretation of the source material, with the source material being the comic books.”

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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