In a recent interview with Hero Complex, the Man of Steel director, Zach Snyder, explained that he’s servicing the material rather than fans when it comes to picking the right cast to play the superheroes in the upcoming movies.
“We know the material; unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting.”
“I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint. I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let’s not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy! This guy’s the real deal.”
“By the way, in looking at all the talk-back, you can get all different perspectives in there too. Some people are hating to hate. Some people – someone did some fan art. And you look underneath and someone wrote, ‘I guess I can see it.’ Honestly, are you kidding me? Just stop it! It’s reassuring and frustrating at the same time.”
“[The movie] literally takes the Man of Steel and Batman universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology. In ‘Man of Steel’, we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too – now that you’ve got these characters – to now let ’em loose. That’s fun!”
Well, there you have it. We’ll have to wait and see if Snyder is in fact on the ball or has completely gone mad.