Opening the panel, Snyder initially made his opinion of Superman very clear, with the level of eloquence that only he can manage.“Superman is pretty awesome, as you know.”
He’s like Wordsworth, innit?
He went on to establish that the film is currently in post-production, with all filming complete. Then, a trailer of sorts was shown, showcasing the first footage of Henry Cavill as Superman, the wonderful Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Michael Shannon as villain General Zod. General consensus online seems to be that this trailer shows a more gritty Batman Begins inspired take on the character’s origin story, which is odd. For me, Superman has never felt like a hero who should be gritty and grounded. He’s an alien for god’s sake! Piggybacking on Nolan’s success for the sake of it isn’t a good idea. Especially for Snyder, who is a director far more at home when things are going boom and bang a lot. In fetish gear probably.
After the trailer was an audience Q&A where basically Snyder said that everything was “awesome” and that the film would be “awesome” because he had an “awesome” time making it with all of the “awesome” people that he had had the “awesome” pleasure to work with. Commenting on the film’s comic book roots, he said that they hadn’t particularly followed any comic book story arc. He added that he had “respect for the mythology of Superman, so it’s a mashing of stories,” which basically means that he’s changed everything and that we should just deal with it. Presumably because it will be “awesome”.
Being joined on stage by Clark Kent himself, Henry Cavill, the Q&A took a more promising route, with Cavill clearly more aware of the enormity of the expectation behind the reboot. He hopes to reboot the character “not just for the fans”, but for a whole new audience, saying he wants “to bring a modern version everyone can associate with.” Admirable, but will it work? Either way, Cavill is clear who he is hoping to impress, indicating the importance of the iconic Superman logo.
“I get to wear that on my chest. I just hope I’ve done what I can to please you guys, because this is for you.”
Inevitably, the notion that Superman could appear in a Justice League movie came up and was met by an enthusiastic reaction from the Comic-Con masses. Snyder was surprisingly coy about the possibility though, saying that they were just trying to get Superman in order on his own before they considered anything else. With the success of Marvel’s Avengers, though, I think it’s more or less a given that a Justice League movie will arrive sooner rather than later.
So it seems that Man Of Steel will be a more grounded, gritty take on the iconic alien from the planet Krypton. Quite how that’s going to work, I don’t know, but at least Zack Snyder’s permanent sugar rush means that we’ll get some insane action sequences.True to this more gritty notion, the poster is very Nolan Batman, showing Henry Cavill in the shadows (click on the poster to enlarge it).
The film itself will come out of the shadows when it is released in the UK in summer 2013.