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'Man of Steel' Casting Details Revealed by Zack Snyder

We also have new information about Hans Zimmer's score for this Superman reboot, and the runtime of the Comic-Con teaser.
Man of Steel casting details from Henry Cavill's audition revealed by Zack Snyder
Man of Steel casting details from Henry Cavill's audition revealed by Zack Snyder
Before director Zack Snyder took left for San Diego Comic-Con 2012 to show off the first footage from Man of Steel, he visited his alma mater, the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles for a Q&A panel with the students. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about the overwhelming casting process he went through for this Superman adventure.

"We had about 500 guys initially. We did this massive auditioning madness. It got down to the usual suspects in a pretty quick order. Henry Cavill was actually the first one we physically tested on film. We actually tested him in the Christopher Reeve Superman suit. And that was a big deal. That's a hard suit to pull off. Trust me. If you're just standing there in that suit, it's dodgy. It felt like we just bought it a costume shop. Plus, there's no mask. I've been around a few superhero costumes, and it's weird because when you're in the Superman costume it's just you from the neck up. And somebody just combed your hair. But Henry came out of the trailer when we were shooting a test and everybody thought Okay, that's Superman. He was awesome and did a great job."

In related news, composer Hans Zimmer spoke about the bizarre road he took in signing on to score Man of Steel. He shot down rumors in late 2010 that he signed on, although he had a change of heart. We reported last month that he was confirmed to compose the score.

"When the rumours came out that I was going to do Superman, the fact was that nobody had asked me! The horrible thing was that I had never met Zack Snyder and, suddenly, poor Zack must have been reading that the crazy German is going to be doing my movie and I've never even met him! So, I had to squash those rumours. Plus - and let's be honest - I am only human and John Williams is super-human. That Superman theme is beloved and iconic. It's a pretty hard act to follow and it's like me saying to you can you turn this interview in to a decent piece of Shakespeare. You'll say 'Maybe not today...!'

I phoned Zack and said I am really, really sorry about these rumours - it wasn't me, it's just a misunderstanding. You've got your composer and I never tried to get in between relationships or anything like that. We started talking and he told me about his ideas for the character and his take was really interesting. I started getting a couple of ideas as a result. I said to Zack - and Warners and Chris (Nolan) and everyone involved - "don't talk to me about it until we finish [The Dark Knight Rises]. Within 15 minutes of finishing it, we were talking about it."

Finally, we also have word that the Man of Steel Comic-Con teaser has a runtime of one minute and 27 seconds. Stay tuned as we'll be bringing you this highly-anticipated video as soon as it's available.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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Comments (45)

  1. Replicant

    @addictionnonfatel Awesome!

    @superman81 I doubt we'll see more than 45 seconds of footage in it. It's still a year away and there's a sh*tload of CGI they need to work on. At the MOST I'm thinking we'll see 45 seconds of Clark Kent footage, 15 seconds of Superman footage, and 27 seconds of logos and title cards...

    @themoviefanatic It cus of the jetlag... or... something :P

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  2. Superman81

    @addictionnonfatel I am now more than ever excited to see TDKR!! as if the movie wasnt enough now we will get to see the Man of Steel trailer

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  3. Sean

    @addictionnonfatel People in Australia get to see the trailer 1 day before People in America do ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. bipolarmassive


    Many have asked for confirmation of the Man of Steel Teaser Trailer being attached to The Dark Knight Rises. I'm happy to tell you's, It has been "confirmed" in multiple locations, including Australia as of this afternoon. "The Dark Knight Rises" is released to Australian cinemas on Thursday, July 19, one day ahead of its release in the USA, UK and Canada....

    2 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  5. Sean

    @vampire2000 Yes, it's coming pretty soon, considering that its information has already been listed on .

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. Vamp

    Very excited for this! Hope the teaser comes soon!

    2 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  7. jasdjqs

    I am sooo happy now

    2 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  8. Superman81

    to me a 1 minute and 27 second trailer is a lot more than a teaser. Snyder has been known to show quite a bit of footage in his trailers. I truly hope he shows enough to blow us all away but not so much that we are able to know the entire movie.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  9. ChiRep_1

    Teaser confirmed at 1:27 and is attached to TDKR

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  10. Dark-White-Knight

    Zimmer the man of the hour

    2 years agoby @Dark-White-KnightFlag

  11. Replicant

    I suspect we might see that teaser with TDKR

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  12. Brizzy

    f*ck yeah, a teaser is coming!

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  13. the Narrator

    Zimmer sounds like a modest man. Love it!

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  14. SherlockHolmes2009

    Sweet, lets see that teaser now

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  15. CUPID

    Awesome,a teaser is coming soon.

    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

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