‘Man Of Steel’ director Zack Snyder: ‘Superman belongs at the top of the superhero pyramid’

Director has already been given the go-ahead to helm sequel

Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder has claimed that Superman “belongs at the top of the superhero period”.

Snyder has overseen the reboot of the franchise with this summer’s blockbuster, which opened in cinemas yesterday (June 14), and has already agreed to return to helm a sequel along with screenwriter David S Goyer.

Speaking to the BBC about the franchise, Snyder – whose other films include 300 and Watchmen – said: “I believe he belongs at the top of the superhero pyramid because he is the first and purest mythological superhero. Every other is just a version of Superman with different dungeons and dragons.”

He also discussed how he had gone about approaching the project, stating: “We really just pretended that the other movies didn’t exist. The thesis was ‘Oh look we’ve found some comic books, we should make a movie out of these’. You can’t cherry pick.

“You have to either wipe it clean or try and reimagine what exists already. Doing a [combination] is weird because you still have the baggage of the movies,” he continued. “We were trying to have no baggage but that also gives you no advantage, so you have to create your advantage.”

Snyder also revealed how his work on the film adaptation of Watchmen gave him the belief to helm the film. “I thought I’d be more snarky about it, but when I actually heard about it, I thought it was cool,” he said. “Watchmen helped me because I knew how to take that same formula for destroying a superhero and flip it.”

British actor Henry Cavill stars in the lead role of Man Of Steel alongside Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Russell Crowe as his biological father Jor-El. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane appear as his adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent.

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