Superman Becomes Very Real in Man of Steel

Published on website: June 12, 2013
Categories: 35mm , Feature Films , Summer Blockbusters , The StoryBoard Blog
HENRY CAVILL as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action adventure "MAN OF STEEL," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Clay Enos
(L-r) Producer CHRISTOPHER NOLAN and director ZACK SNYDER on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM & © DC Comics. Photo by Clay Enos
(L-r) Director ZACK SNYDER and AMY ADAMS on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM & © DC Comics. Photo by Clay Enos
(L-r) Director ZACK SNYDER with producers CHARLES ROVEN and DEBORAH SNYDER on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM & © DC Comics. Photo by Clay Enos

This weekend, just in time for Father’s Day, the much-anticipated return of Superman comes to the big screen. It is the story of a man with two fathers, and two sets of histories. For this installment, Zack Snyder took the helm with cinematography duties performed by Amir Mokri.

In Man of Steel, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. 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. Henry Cavil plays the legendary hero.

Zack is no stranger to creating high-energy action and fantastical worlds on screen, with credits such as 300, Watchmen and Sucker Punch. Amir’s previous credits include Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Fast & Furious, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Bad Boys II, The Joy Luck Club, Pacific Heights, Blue Steel, and House of the Rising Sun, among others. He has earned two Independent Spirit Award nominations for Life is Cheap...But Toilet Paper is Expensive, and Slam Dance.

The director and DP collaborated to bring a very authentic, contemporary look to Man of Steel. In capturing that realism, they chose to shoot on Kodak film, and in 2D instead of native 3D, to be converted in post.

"Zack felt that an intimate filmmaking style, including handheld cameras, would help us connect with Clark who, when we first meet him, is kind of lost, trying to find his place but feeling very out of place, which is something we've all felt at some point in our lives," notes producer Deborah Snyder.

“In the world of super heroes, Superman is the completely uncompromising figure who exists to represent the best that all of us can be," says Zack. "He is the ideal; he's what we strive for, that magical, golden god, the kind of icon that has extended beyond the comics world and into all of popular culture."

Although the story is about exploring the origins of the legendary character, Zack has said, “(the filmmakers) knew the action had to be bigger than big, with heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thrills. We never lost sight of the fact that we were making a Superman movie."

Man of Steel is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.

Be faster than speeding bullet, and take your dad to see a movie more powerful than a locomotive this weekend! You can also experience Man of Steel in IMAX theaters.

 

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