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Monday, March 3, 2014

Zack Snyder updates LA Times on 'Man of Steel' sequel

Zack Snyder speaks about his upcoming Man of Steel sequel and deflects some criticism

It's been a pretty Zack Snyder-heavy day today as he and his wife, and producing partner, Deborah Snyder made the rounds to promote the upcoming sequel to his 2007 mainstream breakthrough 300, 300: Rise of an Empire, which they are both producing. Of course, this was a perfect time for the LA Times to ask the director about his own anticipated sequel, the still as of yet untitled Man of Steel sequel.

In the interview, he discusses the historic implications of the two characters sharing screentime for the first time, and being in the room with the new suits and how it tickles his own inner fanboy. In discussing the actual content of the film, here's one of the quotes of interest:
[The sequel] literally takes the “Man of Steel” and “Batman” universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology. In “Man of Steel,” we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!
He also touches on the backlash to the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. 

There are two ways to think about it. We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint. I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let’s not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy!
A fairly candid quote, but not a sentiment that's hard to disagree with. The level of rage aimed at this film when the premise isn't even known has certainly gotten out of hand, conversely Warner Bros. would probably help assuage some concerns by releasing some details soon. Hopefully the title will come, so I can stop calling it the Man of Steel sequel.

I'm not fully sure what to make of the "exploding the universes" comment. I assume that must be his way of saying that this film won't be based on any one particular comic storyline and might divert from canon in some way or form (then again, so did Man of Steel, so this wouldn't be a new idea). 

Speaking of being loyal to source material, Snyder also responded to criticism from producer Joel Silver regarding his 2009 adaptation of Watchmen, in which Silver had stated that Snyder had been "too much of a slave to the material" and that the Terry Gilliam directed/Sam Hamm written adaptation he was producing for Fox would have been more successful.  Snyder popped back with the following when speaking with The Huffington Post:
....if you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane," he said." Yeah, the fans would have stormed the castle on that one. So, honestly, I made 'Watchmen' for myself. It's probably my favorite movie that I've made. And I love the graphic novel and I really love everything about the movie. I love the style. I just love the movie and it was a labor of love. And I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway and they would have made it crazy. So, finally I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world.
He's not wrong, even if the last sentence is probably a bit of a misstep. Hamm's script is a disaster from front to back, with Doctor Manhattan going back in time so he never existed, and bringing Nite Owl, Silk Spectre and Rorschach into our world, along with cutting out key characters like the Minutemen and the first Silk Spectre. That's not to say Snyder necessarily got it right, as his adaptation is indeed pretty beholden to the plot of Moore's tale, but lacks the subtext and tone. In short, Watchmen works best on the page in which it was introduced, as it's a tale about comics, delivered in that same format. Regardless, the debate over Snyder's films continue.
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