With Man of Steel looming on the horizon, the recent trailer for Superman’s next outing has put Man of Steel on my top 5 summer movies to watch this year. In speaking with SFX Magazine, this comes as no surprise to Zack Snyder as he claims that this is all Superman’s world and we’re just living in it. Yes, everyone, including Marvel’s own superheroes.
In the interview, he was asked how he hopes to bring something fresh and new to table that’s already dominated by the heroes in the MCU.
It’s Superman. If you get it right he’s kind of transcendent. The Superman shield is the second most recognizable symbol on planet Earth other than the Christian cross. If you get it right, that’s the question you’ll be asking everyone else. That should be the question you’re asking Iron Man and Thor. How is it that you feel you can be making a superhero movie in a world where Superman and Batman exist?
Okay, fair enough, Superman was the one hero to bring comic books to the limelight. He’s also one of the most recognizable superhero on Earth, and I hope Snyder does a good enough job to make us believe in Superman again.
Speaking further about the subject between Marvel and DC, Snyder was asked about the distinction between Marvel’s more fantastical and adventure films versus DC’s more grounded approach.
They [DC] truly are purer archetypes…They’re literally Biblical. If you get the DC characters right, they can be important, they can be about us. It’s not just a romp. That’s the fun, for me, of working on this movie. We got that it was important. We weren’t apologizing for Superman, which I feel has happened in the past. It’s Superman, for God’s sake. He’s a thing to be celebrated.
While one can assume this is just another moment where the folks over at DC are starting a flame war with Marvel (Matthew Modine and Wally Pfister I’m looking at you), this isn’t really a flame starter. Zack Snyder has a point. I’m a huge Marvel fan but the reason why I’m a fan of Marvel is because the heroes are flawed. They may be super but they’re human. DC’s heroes have a sort of deistic quality to them, and DC isn’t shy about that fact – Injustice: Gods Among Us anyone?. So the line about purer archetypes is true, DC’s heroes in a way are purer than the flawed characteristics of Marvel’s heroes. What do you think? Do you agree?
Man of Steel hits theaters June 14, 2013.