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Man of Steel Storyboard Artist Defends Snyder’s Superman

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Man of Steel Storyboard Artist Defends Snyder’s Superman

To call Zack Snyder’s interpretation of the Man of Tomorrow in “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” divisive might be an understatement, as those films have elicited strong opinions from fans and critics alike. However, if you have negative views on Snyder’s Superman, you probably don’t want to direct them at storyboard artist Jay Oliva.

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To mark the 79th anniversary of Superman, the Warner Bros. Animation veteran posted storyboard frames he created for “Man of Steel,” drawing criticism from one of his followers. “Why didn’t you post a storyboard from a real Superman movie?” Alex Bledsoe wrote. “[..] The guy in Man of Steel, who grew up terrified and aimless and let Jonathan Kent die? Not Superman. Not even a hero, really.”

Oliva quickly shot back, “As a writer and professional I’d expect you to have the common courtesy to not troll someone’s work.”

“Especially since there have been many different versions of Superman over the past 79 years,” he continued. “We all have our favorites. Just because you don’t like a particular version does not invalidate it nor ruin the character. I have my favorites just like anyone else. I’m sure we agree on a few. But my post was to celebrate the character 79 years.”

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Bledsoe responded, “Sorry, dude. Just saw the one panel. Still stand by my opinion of MoS,” leading Oliva to reply, “If It’s not your cup of tea that’s cool. I never intended to change your mind. I’m very proud of my work on this and many other Superman’s. If Man of Steel is not your cup of tea then I suggest the other films in my filmography that may be suited to your tastes.”

Oliva’s storyboard credits include “Justice League Unlimited,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “The Flash” and “Deadpool.” He’s also directed numerous Warner Bros. Animation projects, such as “Young Justice,” “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” and “Justice League: Dark.” He also singled out the “Superman 75” animated documentary short he worked in 2013 on with Snyder and Bruce Timm.

Snyder returns to Superman with “Justice League,” arriving in theaters Nov. 17. The film stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

(via Screen Rant)

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