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'Sucker Punch' Premiere: Zack Snyder on His Plans for a 'Real' Superman Movie

"It probably will be the most 'real' movie I've made," the director tells THR. "It will be more real than even Dawn of the Dead."

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Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch opens Friday, and while he and his producing partner wife, Deborah Snyder, are a little misty-eyed to say goodbye to what is Snyder's first original work, they are already looking ahead to the new Superman movie, which by all indications is going to be called Superman: Man of Steel, although the studio hasn't officially confirmed the title.

Sucker Punch is a mash-up of genres, facilitated by a story initially set in an insane asylum but whose main character, played by Emily Browning, escapes to a fantasy world set in a Moulin Rouge-style brothel. And when that level of make-believe isn't enough of an escape, another level -- filled with either samurai giants, World War I German soldier zombies, knights and dragons or robots, depending on the sequence -- is called upon.

"I guess I had to exorcise some demons that were inside of me," Snyder told Heat Vision at the movie's Geisha House-set afterparty on Tuesday night. He added, jokingly, "Otherwise if I didn't put it in this movie, I could have put zombies in Superman. I had to get them out of me."

Snyder's style of direction is one of the more stylized in Hollywood these days, and he's been pushing the envelope with each successive film. Look at the differenced between the gritty horror of his first film, 2004's Dawn of the Dead, through 300, Watchmen and his underrated and gorgeous CG-animated entry Legend of the Guardians. When you watch Sucker Punch, you see a guy working more and more in an artificial environment, at ease creating and controlling his own world.

But Snyder tells us his Superman movie will be nothing like the films that preceded it, and that nothing in Sucker Punch will have much to do with anything related to the Man of Steel.

"I've stretched this world of abstract reality so far that the awesome thing about Superman is that Superman lives in the real world," he says. "And it probably will be the most 'real' movie I've made. It will more real than even Dawn of the Dead."

Deborah Snyder realizes it's an odd thing to use the term "real" in the context of Superman, but she echoes that it's been the watchword for their new movie.

"It's weird that it's Superman, a guy from outer space, that's flying," she tells us. "But I think it's going to be a definite departure from the things he's done because the idea is to make him relevant in our world today. So the way you do that is you put him in our world exactly how it is and not in a stylized world."

So viewers shouldn't watch Sucker Punch and try to predict the look and feel of Superman?

"Superman will be a documentary compared to this," said Snyder.