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Excitement is building for Man of Steel, and that’s honestly something I wasn’t sure I’d ever write. Anyway, we’ve got some Man of Steel developments from ’round the world wide web for you.

First up, the track list for Hans Zimmer‘s album of Man of Steel music has been released by Film Music Reporter (via Comic Book Movie). Sadly, there were no accompanying clips for us to take a listen to, we’ll probably get those in a couple of weeks, but it’s worth remembering that the entire Dark Knight Rises soundtrack was made available to stream before that film’s release, so maybe we’ll get that too. As for the track list below, there may be some slight spoilers, perhaps a plot hint or two, but noting to grand like “Qui-Gon’s Noble End.” (Good one, John Williams!)

1. Look To The Stars
2. Oil Rig
3. Sent Here For A Reason
4. DNA
5. Goodbye My Son
6. If You Love These People
7. Krypton’s Last
8. Terraforming
9. Tornado
10. You Die Or I Do
11. Launch
12. Ignition
13. I Will Find Him
14. This Is Clark Kent
15. I Have So Many Questions
16. Flight
17. What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving The World?
18. Man Of Steel (Hans’ Original Sketchbook)

Additional tracks on Deluxe Edition:

Are You Listening, Clark?
General Zod
You Led Us Here
This Is Madness
Earth
Arcade

Sounds like good listening. Meanwhile, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder made some telling comments on the LA Time’s Hero Complex blog (again, via Comic Book Movie). Basically, Snyder’s putting the forth the notion that so far as superheroes on film go, that Superman is the “fallen king,” and all those other heroes getting their own movies now maybe just pretenders to the throne. “In the comic-book universe, you have all these sort of minor celebrities that have been put up as the end-all, be-all,” he explained. “And then you have the fallen king who’s sadly relegated to the shadows. It’s cool to resurrect him and say, ‘Understand that this is the granddaddy of all superheroes.’”

Is Snyder talking about anyone in particular? Not sure, but in the process of making grand assertions, Snyder added that his Superman may be his most down-to-Earth movie he’s ever made. “[Man of Steel’s] the most realistic movie I’ve made,” he said. “There’s no tongue in anyone’s cheek. I’m not apologizing for Superman in any way. I’m saying, ‘Superman is a thing that must be taken seriously and embraced and understood.’”

Finally, Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer recently participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything,” or AMA, segment, and Comic Book Movie (once again) pulled the pertinent elements, not just concerning Man of Steel, but Goyer’s experiences on The Dark Knight trilogy, the Blade movies, and other,, shall we say, DC Comics developments that Goyer may or may not be involved in…

Read the transcript below:

Q: Does everyone involved with Man of Steel feel a lot of pressure because of all the hype surrounding it?
A: Sure, there’s a ton of pressure surrounding Man of Steel. WB has a lot riding on it – not just the Superman franchise, but the future of DC movies. More importantly, I think Zack, myself, Henry — we just really want to give the fans the Superman film they deserve. The kind of Superman film I dreamed about making since I saw the first Donner film. I HOPE people like it as much as we do. Knock on wood.

Q: Would you be interested in writing the justice league film?
A: As a fan I have loved your work ever since I found it watching the blade trilogy. I’m a teenager and I go to an arts high school for film and your screenwriting has been pivitol in different productions that I have been apart of.

Q: How was your experience working with Christopher Nolan and how does has that effected your future and do you plan on collaborating with him in the future?
A: Working with Chris was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. But also hard as ****. Chris is an exhausting taskmaster. He will push you until you scream. But Chris also works harder than anyone I know and he has an incredible work ethic. I’ve learned a lot from Chris. I definitely think he helped me grow as both a writer and a director. I’d love to work with Chris again. I’d work on adapting the phone book if he asked me to. Chris instills a lot of loyalty in the people he works with.

Q:Who would win in a fight between Batman and Blade?
A: Batman would kick the **** out of Blade. I mean, come on. Given a head start and some planning, Batman might even be able to take down Superman. Seriously, are you REALLY asking that question?????

Q: Do you feel like the tone of films based on comic books is changing and if so is that a good or a bad thing?
A: Yes, I think films are changing because of comicbooks. And yes, I think that…that’s a good thing. It used to be that Hollywood have a very preconceived notion about what a comicbook film should be — basically, the Dick Tracy film, with lots of primary colors. I’d like to think that Blade and Batman Begins helped change that. In a way, I think comicbook films are just catching up to where comicbooks have been for the last 20 or 30 years

Q: You’ve worked with both the Nolan brothers. do they have different creative styles? approaches? or are they more similar than different?
also…your work…it’s good!

A: The Nolan brothers are very different. In part, I think, because Jonah grew up more “American”. He’s got an American accent, as opposed to Chris, who was older when they moved here. But they are both fantastic collaborators.

Q: Which DC Heroes would you like to make a movie about?
A: Wonder Woman would be cool.

Q: The Dark Knight Trilogy is my favorite trilogy out there. My question is, how early on did you and the Nolan Brothers know what direction you were going to go in with the movies? Was is all planned out or did you take it one movie at a time?
A: The Dark Knight trilogy was definitely taken one movie at a time. That’s just the way Chris likes to work. We had no idea whether Batman Begins was going to be successful. And after the Dark Knight, because of Heath and a lot of things, we weren’t sure we had another film in us. It took us a long time to come around to an idea that we felt was a worthy follow-up.

Q: Please help settle a debate….
Is Superman playing monkey in the middle here, or is it two consecutive punches in the same direction?

A: Two consecutive punches in the same direction. He’s beating the $$%% out of someone.

Q: Why do you think a Wonder Woman movie hasn’t happened yet? And if it did, who would you want to play her?
A: I think Wonder Woman is a very difficult character to crack. More difficult than Superman, who is also more difficult than Batman. Also, a lot of people in Hollywood believe that it’s hard to do a big action movie with a female lead. I happen to disagree with that. But that tends to be the prevailing wisdom. Hopefully, that’ll change in the next few years. Who should play here? No idea…

Q: 1)Was it difficult navigating from Demon Toys to Batman?
2)Who came up with “Die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain”
3)What did characters like Joker and Bane look like in your head while you and the Nolan brothers were writing?

A: “Die a hero…” Man, no idea which one of us came up with that line. It was a LONG time ago and a lot of those specific moments tend to blur together. As for Bane and the Joker. The Joker was pretty much spot on. Bane was difficult. Always felt the character in the comics was great, but that the costume was ridiculous. I was impressed with the look that Chris came up with — it was, frankly, a lot scarier than I’d imagined.

Q: Was John Byrne’s Krypton an influence on your approach? Getting that vibe from some imagery and interviews. Miller, Loeb, and Brubaker were pretty key influences on the Dark Knight trilogy. What runs/stories would say are similar touchstones for Man of Steel?
A: Byrne’s Krypton was definitely an influence, but not the only influence. Was also influenced by Alan Moore’s stuff. All Star Superman. Geoff Johns’ stuff. Even the old Curt Swan stuff.

Q: How long do you think you can dodge the JUSTICE LEAGUE questions? 😉
A: Dude, I can dodge Justice League until the end of this AMA.

Q: The Dark Knight trilogy was amazing and im hoping Man of Steel blows us away even more so we can get that ****ing Justice League movie going!
A: In order for a Justice League film to happen, MOS has to be successful. That’s up to you guys and about 80 million other people.

Q: Back during the Batman Begins days, you noted how you preferred Jake Gyllenhaal during the casting rounds. If you were to cast Bale’s successor today, who would it be and why?
A: That’s a hard question to answer — it’s impossible for me to think of Batman as anyone other than Bale at the moment. He approached the role with so much integrity and conviction.

Q: How would David Goyer do Green Lantern?
A: Better.

Q: Can we really trust Zach for a justice league movie?
A: Zack did an incredible job on MOS. Chris and I were both blown away by what he did. I am very proud to be associated with what he’s come up with.

Category: Comics, Film

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