Opening in theaters on June 14th is the highly anticipated reboot of the Superman franchise entitled Man of Steel, which was helmed by Visionary director Zack Snyder (Watchmen). The new film was produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), and based on a story he developed with screenwriter David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), who wrote the script. The new movie features an all-star cast that includes Henry Cavill (Immortals) as Clark Kent/Superman, Academy Award-nominees Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do With It) as Perry White, Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as Martha Kent, and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) as General Zod, as well as Emmy Award-winner Richard Schiff (TV’s The West Wing) as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Academy Award-winners Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) as Jonathan Kent, and Russell Crowe (Gladiator) as Jor-El.
Over the past two years, IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick has had the opportunity to speak with actors Henry Cavill and Michael Shannon, as well as screenwriter David S. Goyer, about their work on Man of Steel while they were promoting other projects. Goyer discussed the highly anticipated new film, his challenges in rebooting the popular comic book franchise, how he made the character more accessible to modern audiences, what source material he used for inspiration, the first time he saw Cavill in the Superman costume and whether or not Lex Luthor is included in the movie. Shannon talked about his approach to playing General Zod, why he didn't portray him as a villain, and comparisons between his character and General Patton. Finally, Cavill discussed which Superman comics he read while preparing for the role, and if he feels that he is ready to play the iconic character.
To watch our exclusive interviews with Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, and screenwriter David S. Goyer about Man of Steel, please click on the video player above.
A young journalist (Cavill) raised by his adoptive parents (Lane and Costner) after he was transported to Earth in infancy from the dying planet of Krypton finds himself in the position to save humankind after Earth is attacked.
Man of Steel opens in theaters on June 14th.
To read our coverage of the Man of Steel press conference, please click here.
To read our exclusive interview with Richard Schiff about his work on Man of Steel, please click here.