As we showed you yesterday, Man of Steel is featured prominently in Entertainment Weekly's summer movie preview issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow. The magazine spoke with several cast and crew members for the cover story, including producer Charles Roven, who revealed that Man of Steel helps set the tone for the long-awaited Justice League superhero ensemble.
"It's setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forwards. In that, Man of Steel is definitely a first step. Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight series was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world the films lived in was very isolated, without any knowledge of other superheroes. What (director) Zack (Snyder) and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world."
When writer David S. Goyer was asked whether or not there will be any surprise appearances from DC Comics characters, he wouldn't confirm nor deny.
"I would love to tell you yes or no, but I think it's going to be more exciting for people to keep a beady eye out and find what they can find."
Henry Cavill spoke about how lonely Clark Kent/Kal-El's existence really is.
"Imagine what it would be like to be someone like Clark Kent/Kal-El, and feel like a stranger amongst even those that you love, never developing full relationships with people for fear of them discovering how much of a freak you are. Even you don't understand exactly what you are. It's just a lonely existence. With someone who has that much power and responsibility. Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties."
Michael Shannon revealed that, despite his General Zod being the primary villain, he does have some "affection" for Superman because he is from Krypton.
"He actually has some affection for anybody who's a Kryptonian. Including Superman. He doesn't really have any malignant feelings toward him. He just wants him to be patriotic."
Antje Traue, however, didn't pull any punches when describing her character Faora.
"Faora is a psychopath. She is an engineered being, and driven by the need and pleasure of killing."
David S. Goyer also spoke about how Kal-El differs from other Kryptonians.
"People were bred to be warriors or scientists or what-have-you, and there's a whole element in the movie about nature versus nurture. Kal-El is unique among Kryptonian babies because he's a natural conception, free from genetic manipulation to choose his own course in life --- which also makes his existence highly illegal."