Any fan of director Zack Snyder knows that his distinct visual style often includes a darker hue that tries to encapsulate the gritty mood of his films. We've seen it in everything from 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel, and the trend looks to continue from what we've seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. For those who prefer a bright and colorful Man of Steel, much like Richard Donner's 1978 Superman, then you may enjoy this enhanced footage from Man of Steel courtesy of VideoLab. Take a look at what they had to say about their work below.
"VideoLab attempts to turn back time and restore the natural color & brightness in shots from DC's Man of Steel. Turns out there was a beautiful Zack Snyder movie hiding underneath the bleak coloring. Would Zack Snyder have been more successful at the box office if it wasn't colored like Schindler's List? What do you think?
We're big fans of both Superman and the film Man of Steel. That's why this was a fun project. But Superman isn't just a brand. He's a worldwide icon that has lasted 77 years. When you make a Superman movie, and not every kid walking out of the theater wishes they were Superman... you've done something wrong. We're simply asking questions."
VideoLab added that they believe Man of Steel had "a more traditional-looking color grade until later in post-production, when they decided to go darker." It's worth noting that Man of Steel was a success for Warner Bros. two summers ago, taking in $291 million domestically and $668 million worldwide, from a $225 million production budget, but there are others who thought it could have, or should have, made a lot more. Take a look at the video below, and let us know if you would have rather seen the full color version in theaters, as opposed to Zack Snyder's final version.