Director Zack Snyder talked with The LA Times about his upcoming Superman movie, which stars Henry Cavill as the man from Krypton, and said that the new film will not be tied to any previous film featuring the character, unlike 2006's Superman Returns, which felt like a sequel to 1978's Superman.
"Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we're making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there's been no other Superman movies. If you look at 'Batman Begins,' there's that structure, there's the canon that we know about and respect but on other hand there's this approach that pre-supposes that there haven't been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don't be a slave to the movies."
"Our Superman, he's got things to figure out but he's a physical cat."
"You know that if you do Superman right - or at least if you do him with respect - you know you end up with something great.... [but] in some ways [beyond] that is virgin territory. No one knows what that is. In some ways Superman is the most recognizable superhero on the planet but also the most unknown. Just what he can be? People have preconceived ideas about him but probably all of them are wrong."