Zack Snyder Says Man of Steel is Serious (But Not Quite as Serious as a Heart Attack)

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If you’ve seen the teaser trailers for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” (below, for those who missed them — say, in case you were living in a cave … in Alaska or something), then you probably already gauged that his version of Superman is being a tad more serious-minded than previous efforts. Hell, it looked and felt moody and atmospheric and downright depressing, in fact. According to Snyder himself, that’s on purpose, because Superman is the superhero, and the man must be treated with respect. In this case, “respect” translates into “serious”. How serious?

Here’s what Snyder told the LATimes’ Hero Complex on what he was going for in terms of tone:

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.

Not a surprise, considering that “Man of Steel” is being heavily influenced by what Christopher Nolan did on the “Batman” films. Nolan, of course, is a producer on “Man of Steel” — it’s appointed Godfather, if you will.

But again, if you’ve already seen the teaser trailers, then you probably already guessed this version of Supes was going to be less jokey (if it even had jokes at all) and as “real” as you can get in a movie about an alien dude who can fly, shoot heat vision, and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

“Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, and Amy Adams and returns to the big screens Summer 2013.