When you think of the DC Cinematic Universe, it’s very common to come across the commonplace that most films have been blasted by critics – which isn’t a lie, given the approvals in the aggregators of reviews. However, we must remember that such titles were rediscovered years later as underrated when they were released, one of the representatives being the iconic “The Man of Steel”.
Released in 2013, the work was directed by Zack Snyder and written by David S. Goyer, focusing on Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), who confronts Superman’s alter ego after discovering he is an alien on the planet. Krypton and that he has powers … that he uses to defend the human race – even though he’s constantly marginalized by those he protects.
Despite the mixed reception, the feature film became a box office success, grossing over $ 668 million worldwide and allowing the DC Universe to expand with the ‘Batman vs. Superman ‘, in 2016.
To celebrate the eighth anniversary of “The Man of Steel,” CinePOP has put together a brief list of ten behind-the-scenes facts about the production, which you can check out below:
AS NATURAL AS DAYLIGHT
Cavill refused to take steroids to build muscle for the role and also refused to improve body parts in the shirtless scenes. He said he would be dishonest with himself if he used tricks and wanted to challenge himself, develop a physique worthy of the character.
In a flashback scene, in which Clark Kent is attacked by bullies, he is seen reading Plato’s Greek classic, The Republic. In the work, the philosopher describes the “perfect society”, which is reflected in the fictitious configuration of the planet Krypton, the hero’s homeland.
FOR THE BEST
Ben Affleck, who would later star in ‘Batman vs. Years later, Superman, alongside Cavill, turned down directing for not being experienced with visual effects: “One lesson I learned is not to watch movies in terms of budget, how much will spent on effects and where they will be shot. History is what matters, ”he commented.
Gal Gadot was originally chosen to play Faora, but had to drop the project due to her pregnancy. Antje Traue replaced it on paper. Later, Gadot would return to DCEU as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in ‘Batman vs. Superman ‘,’ Wonder Woman ‘,’ Justice League ‘and’ Wonder Woman 1984 ‘.
According to Goyer, the common thread of the story is first contact: “We approached Superman as if it wasn’t an adaptation of the comic book, like it was something real. He’s an alien. If the world found out that it existed, it would be the most important thing in human history. Its existence alone would change the face of the Earth forever, ”he commented.
The announcement that Cavill would bring Superman to life sparked considerable controversy, as many questioned whether a British actor would appropriate an American icon as a superhero. However, supporters of the choice pointed out that Christian Bale, who was playing Batman at the time, was Welsh.
The beautiful costumes for “The Man of Steel” were the responsibility of costume designer Michael Wilkinson. In several interviews, he revealed that the main influences to build them were “Superman: The Film” by Richard Donner; the graphic novels of Frank Miller; and illustrations by Alex Ross. Additionally, Kryptonian attire was based on the closet of the aristocracy of Versailles before the French Revolution.
According to production designer Peter Mitchell Rubin, Krypton’s look was initially influenced by the Art Nouveau style from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, as well as macroscopic and microscopic photographs of biological systems (mainly bones, fungi, insects and dried plants). . ).
Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Kaya Scodelario, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis were some of the many actresses considered to play Lois Lane in the feature film. Ultimately, the producers decided to choose Oscar nominee Amy Adams to play the character.
THE WATER MAN
Snyder imparted a pretty unique aesthetic to “The Man of Steel,” but he wasn’t Warner Bros. first choice. to order the film. Before him, Guillermo del Toro had been considered for the director’s chair. Robert Zemeckis had also been taken into consideration.
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