It’s a story about the potential for every person to be a force for good. Yes Russell Crowe, that’s exactly what the story of Superman is about. And as we see here in this brand new behind the scenes featurette for Warner Bros.’ upcoming film Man of Steel, it’s also about the potential of a Christopher Nolan Dark Knight-esque reinvention of a character who is a 75-year old that wears his underwear on the outside. “It’s not a comic book Superman,” explains writer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight). “We wanted a Superman that exists in the real world.” A tall task, to say the very least.
Needless to say, after 12 minutes of behind the scenes B-roll and cast interviews, you might start to believe that Zack Snyder could pull off his greatest trick of all: making Superman feel new again.
What’s striking about this featurette is how much time and thought went into whether or not Superman would wear the aforementioned underwear on the outside. I’m kidding, of course. But I do like the notion that the “S” symbol is essentially the sigil of House El on Krypton.
We get a better sense of the backstory, the overwhelming themes of the film (loneliness, solitude, the search for meaning and belonging, strength of character) and of course, the neck-breaking speed of the action that Zack Snyder has delivered. As someone who has not been high on this movie from the beginning, it looks pretty thrilling.
What are your thoughts about Man of Steel after seeing this behind the scenes featurette?