Man of Steel - Zack Snyder

While discussing today's release of yet another Watchmen cut out on blu-ray and DVD (that's the third), filmmaker Zack Snyder not only talked about why he thinks that film continues to appeal to viewers today more than when it was released back in 2009, he also shared some juicy information about his vision of the upcoming Superman pic, Man of Steel.

Seems the filmmaker is going for a more "serious" take on the father of all superheroes, a la Nolan's Dark Knight films, which would make sense due to the fact that Nolan is credited in Man of Steel as a producer. Lots of fans are likely to be rubbed the wrong way by that however as many Superman fans don't consider the Man of Steel to be a "serious" sort of superhero character in the same vein as Batman.

Following is Snyder's quote from the L.A. Times when asked to put Man of Steel in the context of his vision of superhero origin films:

"It’s a more serious version of Superman. It’s not like a heart attack. We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you’re going to see a Superman you’ve never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made. He’s the king-daddy. Honestly that’s why I wanted to do it. I’m interested in Superman because he’s the father of all superheroes. He’s this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology? What we‘ve made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It’s been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully."

Man of Steel has yet to make a ripple in the buzz circles, and with Warner set to release The Hobbit in the coming weeks, Superman will just have to take a back seat in the marketing and publicity machine for now. But as the weeks go by leading up to its June 14th 2013 release, we'll begin to get a much clearer picture of Snyder's "serious" vision in Man of Steel.

Meanwhile, Watchmen Collector's Edition, which hits retailer's shelves today, is the third release of its kind for the film, but this time it includes not only the "Ultimate Cut" which was released in 2009 with the originally-absent The Black Freighter footage, but also now includes Alan Moore's original graphic novel causing Warner to bill it as the most complete Watchmen yet released. We call it a money grab.