Director Zack Snyder and the creative team behind Man of Steel took a great deal of flack for the amount of violence and destruction in the film. However, in a recent interview with Forbes, Snyder said he believes much of the criticism the film received in that respect has to do with the fans’ perception of Superman.
“…I think with Superman we have this opportunity to place this icon within the sort of real world we live in,” Snyder said. “And I think that, honestly, the thing I was surprised about in response to [Man of Steel] was how everyone clings to the Christopher Reeve version of Superman, you know? How tightly they cling to those ideas, not really the comic book version but more the movie version… If you really analyze the comic book version of Superman, he’s killed, he’s done all the things– I guess the rules that people associate with Superman in the movie world are not the rules that really apply to him in the comic book world, because those rules are different…It’s just funny to see people really taking it personally… because I made him real, you know, I made him feel, or made consequences [in] the world.”
“[In Watchmen]…We really wanted to show it wasn’t just like they thought, like the PG-13 version where everyone just gets up and they’re fine. I really wanted to show the violence is real, people get killed or get hurt, and it’s not fun or funny. And I guess for me, it was like I wanted a hero in Superman that was a real hero and sort of reflected the world we live in now.”
Zack Snyder will direct Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Superman/Batman film, which comes out on May 6, 2016.
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