Zack Snyder’s Superman Will Respect Previous Versions, But Not be a Slave to Them

Zack Snyder is making some pretty bold statements about his upcoming “Superman” reboot. The biggest has to be that his and producer Christopher Nolan’s version (with David Goyer on script) will “respect” all the movies that have come before it, but it won’t be “a slave” to them. Meaning what, exactly? For one, Snyder won’t be making the same mistakes Bryan Singer did on “Superman Returns”, which was so insistent on maintaining the Richard Donnor “Superman” movies that it suffered as a result.

Snyder tells the LATimes’ Hero Complex:

Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies. If you look at ‘Batman Begins,’ there’s that structure, there’s the canon that we know about and respect but on other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven’t been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.

Snyder goes on to gush about working with Nolan, before adding this about working on a Superman movie:

Superman is the one constant in the universe. You know that if you do Superman right — or at least if you do him with respect — you know you end up with something great…. [but] in some ways [beyond] that is virgin territory. No one knows what that is. In some ways Superman is the most recognizable superhero on the planet but also the most unknown. Just what he can be? People have preconceived ideas about him but probably all of them are wrong.

As of right now, the only thing for sure is that Henry Cavill will be playing the new Superman, while Diane Lane will be playing his adopted Earth mother Martha Kent. Kevin Costner was previously rumored for the role of Jonathan Kent, but apparently that’s still just a big rumor. There are other rumors of other castings, especially for the villains, but for now, Lane and Cavill are the only ones Snyder and Warner Bros. will make official.

“Superman”, which will likely be called “The Man of Steel”, debuts in 2012.