February 6 2016

Zack Snyder defends Man of Steel, insults comic book fans

Zack Snyder is out promoting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and at the same time defending some of his Man of Steel decisions.

Lets get this out of the way… I’m not a fan of Man of Steel. I thought it had a lot of issues, and a lot of it had to do with changes Snyder made to the core aspects of Superman. Well, come to find out, if I had issues with the film, then I’m not a true comic book fan.

Speaking on the Hall of Justice podcast, Snyder declared the following about people who had issues with his take on Superman.

I knew that we were really updating a beloved character. I don’t think ‘changing him’ — People are always like ‘you changed Superman.’ If you’re a comic book fan, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you know the true canon, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you’re a fan of the old movies, yeah, I changed him a bit.

… okay. Good to know. I mean, I only worked in the comic book industry for about 20 years. Ran a comic book store for 15 and a half years. Worked for a comic book publisher. Wrote for the leading comic book magazines. I mean… I clearly don’t get Superman.

“True canon?” Which canon would that be, Mr. Snyder? Would it be the original Siegel and Shuster version that had Superman only leaping instead of flying? No? How about the 1950’s Silver Age revisions which introduced the name Kal-El for the first time? The 1970s when he was depowered and became a TV reporter? The 1980s Man of Steel revisions by John Byrne? Your costume seems to be based on Jim Lee’s New 52 version from 2011, so is that the “true canon?”

But, of course Snyder couldn’t stop himself with just one comment.

I feel like I tried to create a Superman that would set a tone for the world.

Wait… I thought you were following “true canon,” so how did you “create a Superman?”

I digress.

My point is that, if you know anything about the actual characters… what we’ve done is create a place where they can really be the mythological characters as designed in the comic books. If you’re a fan of them in the comic books, you’ll get a great opportunity to see what they look like, and how they move, [that] they’re real.

Okay… so which version of Aquaman did you go with? Is Wonder Woman sculpted from clay? Apparently you’re going with the New 52 Cyborg since he will be a founding member of the Justice League, so was your version never a part of the Teen Titans?

The short version, folks… Snyder is not doing himself any favors. I was already losing interest in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but insulting your core audience if they didn’t like your last film? That isn’t going to help anything.

But, what do I know. I’m clearly not a “true fan” as I don’t know the “true canon.”

Source: Hall of Justice podcast .

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