'Man of Steel' director Zack Snyder shares 'Star Wars' memory
While movie audiences will decide if the latest Superman film flies or flops, "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder's let his geek flag fly during our recent interview.
Henry Cavill stars in the film as a much more modern Clark Kent / Superman. The movie follows the superhero's origin story, which Snyder said was important for him to portray. When Earth is invaded by General Zod, a fellow Kryptonian played by Michael Shannon, Superman must race to save Earth and its humans.
Amy Adams also appears in the film as Lois Lane, while Kevin Costner and Diane Lane star as Jonathan and Martha Kent.
Snyder talked to George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company, about an early "Star Wars" memory, keeping true to the Superman's cannon and the person who is honored in the credits.
During the interview, Snyder, who has directed comic-based films like "300" and "Watchmen." Revealed that he begins his filmmaking process by drawing sketches.
"The way I make a movie is I get the script and then I start drawing, basically just shot by shot, the entire film," the director told Pennacchio. "Maybe because I just have a piece of paper and a pencil, I'm not as -- I tend to draw things that maybe, if I really thought about it, I wouldn't do it, because I -- end up asking, 'OK, we'll just do this,' and everyone's like, 'Oh, geez, are you kidding me?'"
He later added about his childhood drawings, "I do have a lot of cool drawings -- I was into sci-fi, so I was drawing a lot of sci-fi. Of course, when I was 11 and 'Star Wars' came out, I just pretty much drew X-wings on everything. I can still draw pretty good X-wings if I'm given the opportunity."
Snyder also talked about his decision to tell Superman's origin story in the film.
"I'm a Superman fan and I really wanted to make sure that the canon was respected. There's all the stuff, all the icons, 75 years in the making, this movie, really, and I just wanted to make sure that all of it was respected," he said. " A lot people have said to me, like, 'Well, no one wants to see an origin story, blah blah blah' and I was like, 'Listen, the truth is, you wanna know the 'why' of Superman, right? You wanna know the 'why' of the decisions he makes."
"And if you don't understand the childhood he had a little bit, and sort of, his relationship with his father -- Kevin [Coster] does an amazing job as his Earth father -- then it's hard to understand why he's making the decisions he's making as an adult," he added. "And really, that was the 'why' that I wasn't really looking to make. Like, 'Oh, let's take everyone back to square one.' It just happened to be the best way to do it. And I think that that's sort of the 'why' of this starting from scratch. But also, it's just fun to go to Krypton and see that crazy world."
The film is dedicated to a man named Lloyd Phillips and Snyder explained why.
"Lloyd was one of the producers on the film. Amazing, amazing guy from New Zealand," he said. "He's done a bunch of movies and was with us through this whole process and we lost him just in post [production]. I really wanted to make sure we honored him. He never got to see the film."
"Man of Steel" hit theaters on June 14. Check out the trailer below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).