Zack Snyder Explains Why His Superman Is American Now But Will Be International In The Sequel

man of steel stars stripes and seven elevenZack Snyder was a guest on this week’s BBC Radio 4 Film Programme, and while discussing a particular point of interest about Man of Steel, he placed it in the context of a bigger plan, an arc for Superman that will carry forward into future movies.

The interview was conducted by the show’s regular host, Francine Stock and she certainly did a fine job.

Here’s my transcript of this key section.

Francine Stock: I’ll tell you something about General Zod. General Zod gets gloablisation, doesn’t he? Because when he arrives on Earth he sends out his message in all the languages of the world, so it is a sort of United Colours of Benetton kind of thing, “It’s all over” … but Superman, he’s just for America.

Zack Snyder: Yeah. 100%… that was always a thing that would be in the evolution of Superman. He has no choice but to become global.

FS: That would be the sequel.

ZS: Knock on wood. That literally has to happen. But for me I was really interested in – and maybe it’s because Barack Obama’s president now – it’s okay for Superman to be American. He’s quintessentially an American creature and creation. I wanted to pay homage to the superhero as coming from the heartland of America, and the “Why?” of that. I was really interested in just how American he was, and I think in the best possible way, the Kevin Costner cornfield kind of way. Which is why I really wanted Kevin and Diane Lane to play those parts [Ma and Pa Kent] because they really represent a believable America but an America that is also… we do it in the most realistic way we can but still all of the icons are very much represented in a way that I don’t know exists for real. But you want it to. Like a Norman Rockwell documentary… handheld Norman Rockwell.

Back in April 2010, we ran a story called What Could Action Comics #900 Mean For The Superman Movie?, referring to a Superman comic book story written by Man of Steel‘s screenwriter David Goyer.

It seems we were just one word out, but swap Movie for Sequel and I think it’s still interesting reading. Here’s an excerpt:

The story in which Superman announces he is to renounce his American citizenship, in Action Comics #900 has received all sorts of publicity this week. And led DC Comics to issue a press release indicating that the story wasn’t going to be followed up on. Not in the comics anyway.

Now let’s see how far Goyer and Snyder actually take this train of thought. More than where they go in the middle of the story, I’m curious about where they’ll actually leave Superman at the end of the next film.

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