Now that we’re nearing the premiere of Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder has been talking about his specific approach to the Superman mythos and what sets it apart from other directors from the past.
Snyder addressed the way the character has been constantly tweaked and reinvented by Smallville and some of the more recent comic book titles, stating that attempts to completely modify and reinvent the character would be missing the point:
“When they try to dress him up… put him in jeans and a t-shirt or a leather jacket with an S on it, I go, ‘What? Guys, it’s okay. It’s Superman. He’s the king daddy. You should all be bowing down to him.’
“He’s a really cool mythological contradiction… he’s incredibly familiar Americana and alien, exotic, bizarroland, but beautifully woven together…All of us, in a weird way, are that same kind of contradiction — no one’s that simple.”
“I feel like my movies have always been very subversive,” says the director, “even when people haven’t perceived how subversive they really are. For me, what’s subversive about Superman is that it’s not subversive.”
Via: NY Times