‘Man of Steel’ Delves Into the Psychology Behind Superman Says Russell Crowe

The actor behind Superman's father Jor-El reveals that the story is a complex, modern-day take on the famed DC Comics supehero.
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‘Man of Steel’ Delves Into the Psychology Behind Superman Says Russell Crowe

Man of Steel delves into Superman's psychology says Russell Crowe Warner Bros. has six months before the superhero reboot Man of Steel brings Superman back to theaters for the first time since 2006's Superman Returns. Star Russell Crowe, who plays Superman's father Jor-El, recently revealed that this version of the iconic DC Comics superhero is much different than previous versions, because it delves into the psychology of Superman.

"It's very complicated, it's really complex. I don't think anybody has really tried to get into the psychology of what it must be like to be Superman and what people would really respond like in a modern society if somebody like that just popped up. I think Zack Snyder was given a great deal of responsibility because when it comes to comic book heroes and superhero films the top of the food chain is Superman. I think the biggest indicator for me of how it's looking is that the financier of the film, Thomas Tull, has sent me gushing emails, he just loves it. I'm really looking foward to seeing it, it's a massive undertaking. It takes you on the ground to Krypton, it takes you to a planet where the sun is four times larger than ours and you get to experience that stuff. I think people are going to love it. If you've seen the trailers you realize that this Superman is not just floating through the air held up by a wire, this Superman is super sonic. I'm really looking forward to the way that people will respond to it."

Henry Cavill stars as the title character, with Amy Adams portraying Lois Lane and Michael Shannon as the nefarious Zod. We'll have to wait and see this summer if this complex, modern-day approach pays off at the box office.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013.


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