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Zack Snyder’s Superman isn’t ‘Dark,’ He’s ‘Relatable’

by  in Comic News, Movie News Comment
Zack Snyder’s Superman isn’t ‘Dark,’ He’s ‘Relatable’

There’s no denying that Zack Snyder’s first two films starring Henry Cavill as Superman haven’t been the brightest take on DC Comics’ iconic hero, but the director’s wife and producing partner wouldn’t go so far as to call the take on the character “dark.”

Speaking with Forbes earlier this year, Deborah Snyder, who produced “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with her husband Zack, spoke at length about DC Films’ upcoming slate. Yesterday the site published more of her interview with columnist Mark Hughes, in which she deflected criticism that the Snyders’ version of Superman, which originated in “Man of Steel,” was too “dark” compared with previous interpretations of the character.

“That’s the great thing about our Superman. He is more relatable,” Snyder said. “Someone said, ‘It’s so dark,’ and I go, ‘Well, is it dark? He’s going through real problems that we go through as people every day.’ To me that’s not dark, that’s life. We’re complicated people. And we’re making him in that way more relatable.

“People are complex, we’re not strictly just the good Boy Scout trying to do good,” she continued. “He does want to do good, and I think all of the the things Superman represents are who he is, but he also stumbles along the way and learns from it. To me, that’s so much more interesting.”

Snyder’s comments, made before the release of “Batman v Superman,” are unlikely to settle the debate about the controversial film, which took in $873 million at the box office but received a rocky critical reception.

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