In the 2013 film “Man of Steel,” a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. That boy would turn out to be Clark Kent/Superman.
Directed by Zack Snyder, “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as Zod, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. Deborah Snyder (Zack Snyder’s wife) is one of the producers of the film. Here is what members of the “Man of Steel” team said when they gathered for a Los Angeles-area press conference for the movie.
Zack, what was it about Zod that made you want to tell his story in “Man of Steel”?
Zack Snyder: The cool thing about Zod is that he offers a real threat — a physical and emotional threat that is much stronger than any possibly Earth-bound. He’s not only able to match him physically, but he represents [Superman’s] people. He’s a hard opponent that way. Michael and I talked about it in the beginning. We wanted his point of view to be that if this was happening to your planet, and you were trying to save the people you loved, what lengths would you go to?
Amy, what attracted you to the part of Lois Lane, and how do you see your interpretation of Lois Lane as different from previous interpretations?
Adams: I grew up watching Superman and loving the characters. I think I’ve let it be known that I auditioned several times. This was my third try, so thank you, Zack, for letting me play Lois.
Zack Snyder: My pleasure.
Adams: So when I talked to Zack about this incarnation of Lois, what I loved was that she was definitely still the intrepid reporter, but she was going to be someone who is part of the solution, not just part of the problem. She was going to have more of an inner track on Clark [Kent], sort of being on the inside, as opposed to being on the outside. And I really like that, and I thought that was a really unique idea. I really loved that Zack wanted it to be this really big, amazing film, but also it was really important to him to focus on the characters and the truth and grounding the characters in reality as much as possible in this amazing world that he created.
Can you talk about the stunts and flying as Superman?
Cavill: Well, flight for one, there was a lot of rehearsal involved. When it came to actual super-speed flight, it was mostly belly pan work. Belly pan is sort of the mold of the front of a person’s body, and you line it. There’s a special gimbal created so a guy in a green suit and a green screen is moving it depending on Zack’s direction, and I just had to imagine what it was like to fly. We had lots of help from Zack’s imagery attached to it and his direction.
There was also a lot of wire work which we did during the whole stunt process. That was incredibly complex, and the guys tested it amazingly. A guy called Jim Churchman just did a fantastic job on the wires, and yeah, that was probably the funnest part for me as far as flying because I got to be 40 feet up in the air and sort of just completely out of control — sort of in my own control — somebody else’s control, thank goodness. And that was the stuff which made you feel like flight and Superman.
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