‘Superman’ Details from Zack Snyder

The director says the new movie will focus on the early days of Clark Kent, and that its not based on any particular comic book story.

Zack Snyder offers plot details on Superman
Zack Snyder offers plot details on Superman
Zack Snyder is currently making the European press rounds in support of his latest directorial effort Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, and he let slip some small but important details in regards to his next project, the highly touted Superman. While very little is known about this DC Comics reboot, it has been said that the character of Superman will be updated with a story that fits our current cultural atmosphere.

About what he is planning to do with this iconic superhero, possibly the most famous superhero in the world, Zack Snyder said this to Filmsactu (as translated by Bleeding Cool):

"As I have already explained, the film will focus on the early days of Superman, so there will be no links with the other films. This is not a remake then. Similarly, although I still cannot talk about the script, I can assure you that this new Superman will not be based on any comic book in particular."

While Zack Snyder did mention that this new Superman reboot wouldn't be tied to the Richard Donner/Bryan Singer movies, he didn't rule out a connection to the CW's Smallville, which is ending its ten season run next spring.

The fan out cry for Tom Welling and Erica Durance to continue on in the roles of Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane is deafening. There is no indication that Zack Snyder is interested in either actor at this point, or that he would even consider turning Superman into a big screen version of Smallville. But he hasn't stated anything contrary to that fact, either.

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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  1. Pjwolsker

    @Lane chill

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  2. Daveactor7

    @Lane i know we got off on the wrong foot and i apologize. I did mean it though lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  3. Lane

    LOL @CBF. Nice one! I wish I could reply to posts on here when I've actually first read them, but my phone doesn't allow it on mobile web. :(

    @Dave: You're right, I don't believe it. :P lol

    @Pj: If you don't like it then don't comment on it. Simply coming to the article just to say or ask why people are still commenting is dumb.

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  4. The Real Lex Luthor

    @CBF Dude I typed up quick my post, and didn't properly post what I was trying to say so here ill fix it for you since you rather stick to trying to prove me wrong by a mistake in how I worded something out on a post lol In other words you can't argue anything else I've said... But anyway here fixed.

    @Josh your reasons make little to no sense, and it's one of the most ignorant "reasons" I've heard come from one of you vocal minority that don't like the show... Seriously do you even know anything about the way movies, and tv shows are made? Do you know anything about adaptations, and what they are? Or how about the fact that every single tv show or movie that deal with comic books are their own take on the mythos? I don't think you do... Notice how Nolan/Snyder said that the new movie WONT be based on any of the past comic books or the past movies? Why because they are doing their own take on it... With your statement then I think it's clear that you shouldn't like ANY comic book movie or tv show then since you hate that they change the mythos... So in other words you hate BATMAN the movie because they made the Joker the killers of the Bruce's parents, and of course they also introduced a brand new character called Lucious Foxx for BATMAN BEGINS which helps BATMAN with his gadgets taking the job away from Alfred, and going against the mythos of the last bat films, and some of the comics... You must be a sad little person who hates everything anyone ever does that doesn't follow cannon 100%... But wait what's Cannon really?? Let's go back to the original Superman comics where he couldn't even fly, Krypton wasn't around yet, and Lex wasn't in his life. Is that the movie you want? Because that's as cannon as it gets.

    In closing Josh your whole argument is weak...

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  5. CBF


    Well, I'm not gonna entangle in a silly debate with you on how much knowledge you lack about comics. Instead, I will just paste two quotes made by you within your last two posts, that I believe reinforce my last statement.

    1. "...of course they also created a brand new character called Lucious Foxx for BATMAN BEGINS which helps BATMAN with his gadgets taking the job away from Alfred, and going against the mythos, and comics..."

    2. "...your right I knew he was a backup character in the comics..."

    4 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  6. T.Clark

    He's still saying "cannon"...

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  7. The Real Lex Luthor

    @CBF yea your right I knew he was a backup character in the comics but he was never used in the Burton movies or any other live action adaptation so I was making the point that just because they add brand new characters to a franchise or not use a characters its common that directors, and writers will change things about the cannon as they see fit for their storyline... Hell if not every superman movie or tv show would be a direct adaptation of the old comics, and the story line's would be the same over, and over.

    Change of the mythos, and the cannon happens with EVERY Adaptation of every story.... That's sometimes why people like the books more because even when a movie is adapted from a normal novel they change things around.

    Like Forrest Gump for example... In the novel Jenny and Mrs. Gump do not die.

    The point is Josh I think your wrong about Smallville they capture the characters perfectly heck I watched "Superman / Batman Apocalypse" a couple of nights ago and I found it amazing how Tom Welling acts on Smallville in a lot of ways how the Superman in that cartoon acts.

    And the rest of the cast is fine I mean Michael Rosenbaum is by far the best adaptation of Lex Luthor on live action, and I dare anyone to argue that point.

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  8. Daveactor7

    @Lane i know this is hard to believe-but i agree lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  9. Josh

    It's not canon that I'm concerned about, it's capturing the spirit of the source material, and I feel Smallville fails miserably at that. Plus, setting Superman completely aside, it's just not good television. It's kept on the air by a fanbase, but it's really quite bad.

    Anyway, I don't feel the need to stay around here and hate on it anymore. If you like it, that's great for you. I don't.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  10. CBF


    Lucius Fox is not a made up character. No, he originated in the comics. I get what you are trying to tell Josh but don't come with examples of points against comics if you have not read/know the history of said comics. Also, "cannon" is a weapon that dispels cannonballs. "Canon" is continuity. And the first Superman comics are not in "canon" today, those are pre-Crisis story lines. Please don't act like you know comics when your limited knowledge that clearly shows in your last post unmistakably proves you have very little of it, if any. Talk about a weak argument.

    4 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  11. JasonKat

    lol @PJ this is worst than the avatar talk. lol I understand this is a comment post, u know express ur thoughts. but they seem to turn these post into a chatroom. :P

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  12. Pjwolsker

    ha wow people are still talking about this

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  13. Remy72883

    Well said @Lane1 could not have said it better myself

    4 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  14. Justinhawkins

    If you have to make fundamental changes to the story because of legal issues, then it's not going to be a Superman Movie. They should just make a new superhero and base it on Superman, but call it something different... Like Superion or Man of Tomorrow.. I mean they are just trying to make money off of the name Superman, even though the movie is not a Superman Movie. Warner Bros should stick to cartoons and stuff no one cares that they F up!

    4 years agoby @justinhawkinsFlag

  15. Lane

    What @ejk1 said is true: "Sometimes, things aren't all bad, nor are they all good--they are somewhere in the middle."

    Why is that so damn hard for some people to understand?

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  16. Lane

    @Josh: First, "Lois and Clark was a monumentally better show"

    Wow. I respect the fact that you don't like Smallville, but you just amaze me with your opinions sometimes. Fact: Smallville is and has always been more popular than Lois & Clark from the start. Fact: Smallville is popular among comic book and non comic book fans alike. Fact: Even some comic book fans enjoy THIS version of Superman WAY more than they ever did Lois & Clark. The show was on for 4 years and only 4 years for good reason - because its cast and writing never resonated enough with fans to keep the series going. So to say that it was "monumentally" a better show is just ridiculous.

    Second, as I said, I respect that you don't like the show. But you are one of those comic book fans that constantly makes the same tired complaints about it over and over and over again. The producers have said from the beginning that Smallville was going to be a "different version of Superman" (made for TV). We have the characters, yes, we have the origins, yes, but ALL OF THAT was NEVER going to be exactly what it was from the comics, especially not on a long running series like this (and don't tell me Lois & Clark didn't have its faults either, because it did).

    Why do Lois and Clark know each other? Simple. Because even on a show about Superman's days before Superman, you can't have Clark without Lois. Clark may have had Lana already, but Lana is no Lois and not even comic book fans care about her as much as they do Lois. Add to that the fact that people were getting sick of the character and that bringing in Lois was a way to refresh the series, all in all this has been better for the show and one of the best things to have ever happened to it. Its been speculated by the show's critics that there'll probably be some kind of "memory wipe" or something along those lines as was seen in the second movie. The show has kept pretty closely to certain things that were shown in the older films, but even if they didn't use that premise from the film, I'm sure they will find a good way to write it as if they in fact do not meet until after Clark becomes Superman. But ya know what? Even if they don't, its something that works for the show. It may not work for the comics, it may not work for the films, but for THIS show, the Lois and Clark already knowing each other part WORKS and it works very well.

    Why are Brainiac and Lex in this show? Again, its simple. Clark and Lex = Superman. You can't have the hero without the antagonist, no matter how young or old or how "close" to the comics it is. You also can't keep a show about Clark/Superman running as long as it has without his REAL villians. The cheap, fake villians the show was using in its earlier seasons wasn't cutting it. It needed something fresh and new and a way to continue and expand on the Superman universe.

    You say that this is a cheap and sloppy way to show Superman and the rest of his characters, but really, its just logic and common sense. What works for one thing does not always work for something else. TV is different from movies in the same way that comic books and even regular books are different from movies. Nothing is going to be adapted the same way twice and nothing is going to be adapted in a way that is pleasing to everybody. Again, I respect the fact that you don't like this show and therefore do not want to watch it but if that's the case then why are you complaining? No one is forcing you to like something just as no one is forcing you to comment on why. If you want to be such a nit-picker about it, that's your prerogative, but frankly, for the people who don't care about all the little nit-picks... we're just tired of hearing it.

    Smallville is DIFFERENT. While still staying true to the source material in the best way possible. Period.

    And no matter how many times the producers of the show or anyone else repeats that, its still going to be that way and you're still going to complain. So...

    Why do you keep asking questions for something you don't even like or care about if you've already made up your mind? You're going to like what you're going to like, and others are going to like what they're going to like. But just because you don't like it doesn't make it bad. Sometimes, just sometimes... it may just be something that's "not for you". So let's leave it at that.

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  17. Josh

    @thejackal: Sorry that it took me four days to get back to you. Some of us have lives.

    The simple answer (because this thread doesn't need to be dragged out any longer than it has) is that they reinvented the mythology in a trite and convenient way by taking a bunch of characters who have no business being together and sticking them in a tv show in a way that doesn't make sense to fans of the comic. It seems like the CW just wanted to use a familiar name in order to make ratings on a show that feels like a teen soap rather than a Superman story. TV treatment of the character is possible -- Lois and Clark was a monumentally better show -- but this is the wrong way to go about it.
    Why do Lois and Clark know each other? Why are Braniac and Lex in this show? It's sloppy and cheap, and insulting to comic book fans. By having all of the significant persons from Clark's adult life appear during his adolescent years they are effectively removing the interactions that dictate who he becomes while he is actively Superman.

    I'm not against retooling comic book continuity for screen adaptations, but this feels completely nonsensical in the same way that having Emma Frost and Gambit appear in the Wolverine movie does.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  18. Daveactor7

    @ejk1 thank u :)

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  19. ejk1

    Seriously, Josh doesn't need to defend himself for anything he wrote, so lay off the guy. Since this was a topic that mainly involved Dave and myself, since Dave wants to end it, I am ending this:

    Smallville has its merits, and it has faults.
    My thoughts about Welling stand here: He has been on TV for a long time, playing an iconic character. His popularity in this role is enough to get him an audition, if he wants one, for the role of Superman in the movie. His popularity does NOT mean that he should get the role; if someone else is better suited, then that is who should get the role.

    Hayden Christensen once showed promise, but has wasted much of what he had by not picking the right movies, and also by not evolving as an actor. He should pick up 10 Things I Hate About You
    and TDK to watch how Ledger evolved, and go from there, if he wants to be a serious actor.

    Dave, you know I love ya, but sometimes you piss me off with your imperatives. Sometimes, things aren't all bad, nor are they all good--they are somewhere in the middle.

    @Jackal, change your name back, please. I'm not being the morality police here, it's just really lame what you've done.
    To everyone else: Drop it. It's over, and unnecessary. Remember, it's only a movie, and one in which no one has been cast in yet. Let's wait and see where the chips fall before any more criticizing and dissection of this project. Civility should win out.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  20. Pjwolsker

    hey @ImaRudePrick, your name says it all... shut the f*ck up and go jerk off to gay porn in your mothers basement if she hasnt kicked you out all ready

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  21. Daveactor7

    @Imarudeprick thats right. Not so hard eh?

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  22. The Real Lex Luthor

    lol not answering me shows that his argument holds no merit... So whatever.

    Didn't know he needed someone else to do the talking for him... Oh well.

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  23. Daveactor7

    @ImaRudePrick hes being pretty smart not to answer u. Like seriously JUST DROP IT. Your damn comments are giving me odee notifications

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  24. The Real Lex Luthor

    That's not an answer... That's just another ignorant remark lol Nice try but lets go back to option A and butt out of my question to Josh.

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  25. Daveactor7

    Alright i will answer-Smallville sucks overall, happy? Geez u really go the distance dont u? like i said before-DROP the convo.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  26. The Real Lex Luthor

    Again because you agree doesn't mean I was talking to you so why don't you either shut the hell up or answer for him if Josh can't answer for himself...

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  27. Daveactor7

    @ImaRudePrick i agree with josh actually. But u keep starting an argument. Let it go.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  28. The Real Lex Luthor

    @Daveactor7 I'm not starting anything I'm asking a question of Josh... If your to ignorant to understand the difference then why don't you ummmm Butt out, and mind your own business...

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  29. Jay.A.Ottley

    Hmmmmm I'm iffy about this... The first 10 pages of the screenplay are amazing, but I don't know about Synder stylism of filming especially slo-mo Superman :/

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  30. Daveactor7

    @ImaRudePrick look at u starting arguments all over again. Hilarious isnt it?

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

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