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5 things to know about ‘Man of Steel’

By Zaki JufriMovies - 07 June 2013 12:17 PM | Updated 10 June 2013

5 things to know about ‘Man of Steel’

In less than a week, the highly anticipated Superman reboot, ‘Man of Steel’, will land in theatres here and the filmmakers have time and again reminded us that this Superman story will be unlike one we’ve ever seen before.

It’s much deeper and grittier than the Richard Donner ones of the late '70s and early '80s, and it’s certainly more action-packed than Bryan Singer’s 2006 homage.

However, script-writer Goyer has reiterated in previous interviews that ‘Man Of Steel’ will have a very different tone to Nolan's ‘Dark Knight’ films. "Relatable and realistic doesn't necessarily mean dark," he explained to film magazine 'Total Film'. "I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing ‘The Dark Knight’. The Batman films are a lot more nihilistic; Superman has always been a story about hope."

How do we know this? Well, a newly released 13-minute long featurette offers an insight into the amazing world that director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan reinvented.

Take a gander at the featurette below and read what we discovered:

The movie is all Zack Snyder…

Even though noted film scribe David S Goyer and ‘Dark Knight’ maestro Christopher Nolan co-wrote the script, the movie is all Zack Snyder. Lead cast members Michael Shannon and Henry Cavill both said that Snyder’s attention to detail proved to them that the movie is headed in the right direction and made for a new generation of fans. Producer Charles Roven said that Snyder wanted to give the film a feeling that whatever happens in the movie could happen anytime in the real world.

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Nope. No red undies on this Superman

There’s no red underwear because…

It’s something from a different era. According to Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder, Superman’s underwear on the outside is inspired by the Victorian-era strongman and so they had to redesign his costume to be consistent with the world they’re creating in the movie. To ensure the suit make sense, the filmmakers outfitted all the Kryptonians in the movie in almost similar garb without the red undies, of course. 

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"S" means hope in Kryptonian

It’s not the letter “S”, it’s an alien symbol

On the planet Krypton, the “S” on Supes' suit means “hope”, but does it belong in a Superman movie for the modern era? This is one design problem that the filmmakers face since the symbol is one of the most recognisable symbols in the world. Zack Snyder and team had to think of a way to keep the “S” glyph and what they come up with is inspired by medieval heraldry. It becomes the family symbol for the House of El just as other Kryptonians have their own crests. The "S" opens up a whole can of worms and the result is the development of a new Kryptonian language.

‘Man of Steel’ is a journey of discovery

In this “reboot”, Clarke Kent is an outsider, taking on odd jobs and feeling emotional isolation in search of his true self, before he eventually becomes the Man of Steel (‘Batman Begins’, anyone?). The film also examines the character from the point of view of being "a son of two worlds". Kevin Costner, who stars as his father on planet Earth, sums up: "He got his DNA from another galaxy, but his character from Jonathan and Martha Kent."

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Michael Shannon brings his badass on as Zod

General Zod is a badass because…

He has a good reason for it. From his point of view, Zod believes he is doing the right thing. A fiercely devoted soldier with a sense of duty to his people, Zod and his crew are bent on preserving his race, and Kal-El (Superman) is key. The fight between the two is not about good and evil, or right or wrong but about Zod striving to save his dying Kryptonian culture, and Superman bent on saving mankind from extinction.

‘Man of Steel’ opens in cinemas 13 June