While recently making the press rounds for his new film Broken City, Russell Crowe was asked about his thoughts on Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel. Crowe is cast as Jor-El, Superman’s Kryptonian father.
“It’s really complicated, it’s really complex. I don’t think anyone’s really tried to get into the psychology of what it must be like to be Superman. And [how] people would really respond in a modern society if someone like that popped up.”
Everyone I know is hoping that Snyder can capture that feeling we all had back when Christopher Reeves and Richard Donner made us all believe a man could fly and bend steel. It’s a tricky thing to accomplish, a tight rope of hopes and expectations.Lean too much one way and you’ll quickly fall. Crowe went on:
“Zack Snyder, who directed ‘Watchmen,’ who directed ’300′ and a few other things, he was given a great deal of responsibility. Because when it comes to comic book heroes and superhero films, at the top of the food chain is Superman.”
The scale of the movie and it’s tone are going to make or break this movie. Don’t get me wrong, the movie will make money, but will it be a fans movie, something you want to watch again and again? Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh couldn’t do it, that movie was so slow and moody, that any action was drowned out by the mopey style.
“It’s a massive undertaking, the type of sets we worked on in that film were incredible. It takes you to the ground on Krypton. It takes you to a planet where the sun is four times larger than ours. I think people are going to love it and if you’ve seen the trailer, you realize that this Superman is not just floating through the air, held up by a wire. This Superman is supersonic, when he decides to fly, he doesn’t muck around. I’m really looking forward to the way people respond to it.”
We’re all hoping this movie kicks our asses. I just don’t want to enjoy this movie, I want to thrust my fist into the air, whisper “OH shit,” nod my head without knowing why, I want it all.
What about you?
Man of Steel soars into movie theaters on June 14th.