When audiences head to the theaters this summer to check out Man of Steel, they will see a much different Superman than in previous versions. Director Zack Snyder recently teased that Henry Cavill's title character has a bit of a learning curve to overcome, when it comes to flying.
"It's a more violent experience. It's raw. It takes effort to do it, and that's what we were really going for. It's almost like there's this kind of Right Stuff quality to it. He's constantly booming around, accelerating. You think he's going as fast as he can and then it's like 'Yeeaahh!' He's always got an extra gear he can use."
The director also spoke about the moment he knew Henry Cavill was the right man to take on this iconic character.
"God, he's so Supermanish it's crazy! There was a telling moment - we put him in the Christopher Reeve costume, because we didn't have a suit yet, we just had the old spandex suit. He stepped out of the trailer and no one laughed. It's the difference between being Superman and dressing up like Superman. If I'm dressed up like Superman it's like a Halloween costume. If you're Henry, it's your clothes. It's awesome. Watch the movie and you're like 'Holy shit, that's Superman.' And it's not weird or crazy, it's just cool."
Among the many things that will be different in this Superman story is the look of this supehero's home planet of Krypton.
"I really wanted my Krypton to be this kind of special place that's immersive and totally different from Earth, but not unbelievable. And ancient. I really wanted to give this ancient feeling to Krypton. I love technology that's rusty because it's so old. It's so advanced, but it's so old. That was the kind of world that I tried to create. A dying world that's ancient and torn apart."