Super Stars Talk Super Powers at ‘Man of Steel’ World Premiere
Henry Cavill at the 'Man of Steel' NYC premiere. Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images.
After several years of production, "Man of Steel," the long-awaited big screen reboot of Superman, is finally hitting theaters, ready to stake its claim in summer movie history, beginning with tonight's world premiere. So how does everyone, you know, feel about it?
"It's awesome ... but nerve-wrecking," said director Zack Snyder on the "black carpet" of the New York City premiere. "I'm so excited ... it's been almost three years, and it's fun with a premiere because you can roll it out and finally let it have a life of its own."
Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder (also Zack's wife), and Christopher Nolan gathered quite an ensemble for "Man of Steel," and for most of the cast members, it was a no-brainer when it came to saying "Yes" and signing on for this trip to Krypton and beyond. Here's how Snyder describes how the conversation usually went: "'Wanna be in a Superman movie?' 'Yeah, that sounds awesome!'"
"Superman was the first superhero, the red, white and blue guy," said Kevin Costner, who plays Superman's father on Earth, Jonathan Kent. "I'm happy to be a part of this. Zack has made a classic."
"What's great is it's an action-adventure fantasy, but also really small and intimate," said Laurence Fishburne, who cites former "60 Minutes" correspondent Ed Bradley as his main inspiration for his role as Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White. "It's built on relationships – to his two sets of parents, to Lois Lane, to his community, to the world."
"This film shows the soul of Superman – you finally get to see it in live-action," said the Last Son of Krypton himself, Henry Cavill. "Who the character is and why he is."
Creating a film that shows "the soul of Superman" was certainly no easy task, at least according to screenwriter and comic book movie veteran David S. Goyer, who had a hand in writing all three films in Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy.
"Batman was a big deal, but this one is harder – Batman's a human being, you could be him if you had the money and trained long enough, but it's hard to make Superman human," said Goyer. "We tried to give him emotional vulnerabilities – he's a man of two fathers, whose son will he choose to be?"