Zack Snyder on 'Man of Steel': "If You're a Comic Book Fan, You Know I Didn't Change Superman"

The 'Batman v Superman' director adds that the new Justice League characters will similarly follow comic book canon.
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Fans of DC Entertainment's Justice League can rest assured that they'll get to see their favorite characters onscreen in the sequence of movies beginning with next month's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, according to director Zack Snyder. And, despite fan complaints about the portrayal of Superman in his earlier Man of Steel, Snyder says that the cinematic heroes will stay true to their comic book roots.

"I was pretty ready for it," Snyder said of the divided fan response to the 2013 movie that introduced Henry Cavill as Superman during an appearance on the Hall of Justice podcast. "I knew that we were really updating a beloved character. I don't think 'changing him' — people are always like 'you changed Superman.' If you’re a comic book fan, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you know the true canon, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you’re a fan of the old movies, yeah, I changed him a bit."

"I feel like I tried to create a Superman that would set a tone for the world," he continued, going on to say that he feels that the DC movies will be faithful to their comic book incarnations. "My point is that, if you know anything about the actual characters ... what we've done is create a place where they can really be the mythological characters as designed in the comic books. If you're a fan of them in the comic books, you'll get a great opportunity to see what they look like, and how they move, [that] they're real."

Don't expect that to happen for all of the Justice League in Batman v Superman, however. "As far as the other Justice League characters go, they play a very small role [in BvS]," Snyder said. "It’s really just a whisper they exist. Except for Wonder Woman — we see her pretty well. But really the movie is about Batman and Superman."

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is released March 25.

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