Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 by Russ Fischer
You’ll have to forgive us for the Superman overload in the past few days, but there are a lot of little tidbits out there about the film, thanks to the promo cycle for Sucker Punch. We recapped a bunch of Zack Snyder’s statements about the film yesterday — he calls it his most realistic movie, oddly, and talked about how casting the Kents fit into that approach.
Now we’ve got a couple other key quotes, in which the director talks about Superman as the top dog in the superhero pantheon and simultaneously dumps a little on Marvel movies. He also puts to rest any supposition about Viggo Mortensen being in the film.
Speaking to The Playlist, the director compared the character of Superman to Zeus, with respect to the way that superhero movies have recently been focusing on characters that were once smaller heroes in the public eye.
I’m a fan of ‘Iron Man’ movies, but really? ‘Iron Man,’ a whole franchise of movies, ‘Iron Man 4’? Fair enough, but the fact that we don’t have a ‘Superman’ movie in the midst of this is crazy. It would be like if we were making a movie about all the Greek gods, but no one had made a movie about Zeus because they’re like, ‘I don’t know what to do with him, he’s too awesome.’ We’re at this point where all of these minor Gods have movies and franchises, and it just seems to me that it’s time to fix that… I think ‘Superman’ is broken and needs to be fixed, from a movie stand point. He is the biggest superhero on the planet, the father of every superhero. I’m like really ‘Thor’? Like really? It’s like the world is out of balance. It’s like we lost our mind here people, ‘Come on.’
Strong words there that will probably get some fans a little up in arms. An old-school Marvel vs DC war to erupt in 3…2…1…
Meanwhile, speaking to Latino Review, Mr. Snyder steadfastly avoids almost all questions that might lead to hints about what characters are appearing in the film, even in a general way. But asked about Viggo Mortensen being ‘a person of interest,’ Zack Snyder is very specific:
Yeah Viggo is not going to be in the movie let’s say that right now. I can clear that up.
Viggo had been rumored to play the evil Kryptonian general Zod, who first appeared on film in Superman, and was the main villain in Superman II, memorably played in both film by Terence Stamp.