Man of Steel might by directed by Zack Snyder, but it still bears the stamp of producer Christopher Nolan. That’s been as much of a blessing as it is a curse, as some fans have been concerned the movie will try to reboot the Superman storyline in the same way Batman Begins did for the Dark Knight.
Fortunately, Nolan has set those concerns to rest. In a new interview with The Playlist, he said Man of Steel will stand on its own in an exciting way.
“I wouldn’t want people to think we’re doing for Superman what we did for Batman. It’s very much Zack’s film and I think people are going to love what he’s done,” he said. “I think it’s really remarkable to take on that character. Superman is a completely different character than Batman. So you can’t in any way use the same template. But David Goyer had this, I thought, brilliant way to make Superman relatable and relevant for his audience.”
He continued, “Zack has built on that and I think it’s incredible what he’s putting together. He’s got a lot of finishing to do on that. Superman is the biggest comic book character of them all and he needs the biggest possible movie version which is what Zack’s doing. It’s really something.”
Nolan also opened up about the ending of The Dark Knight Rises. He defended it by saying that it tied up the story he started in Batman Begins after being asked if he thought it was too “radical.”
“Radical? Hmm, yes, perhaps for the comic book fans it was. But I think it was appropriate ending for the story we set out to tell,” Nolan explained.
Written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy. The film opens June 14, 2013.