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“He understands the power of iconic images”: Christopher Nolan Reveals Why He Chose Zack Snyder To Direct Man of Steel, Says He Knows How to Deconstruct Mythology


Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel relaunched DC with Henry Cavill’s Superman in 2013 and Christopher Nolan as its producers and writers. Christopher Nolan, who directed Batman’s Dark Knight trilogy, did not want it to be part of any spin-offs or larger plans at DC. So, he suggested Zack Snyder for directing the movie.

Man of Steel is likely to return
Man of Steel Poster

However, Zack Snyder has revealed that Man of Steel was considered to take place in the same universe as Dark Knight in the early days of its production.

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Why Man of Steel was not in Christopher Nolan’s DC Universe?

But the idea was scrapped taking into consideration the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The 2012 movie ended with John Blake, played by Joseph Gordon Levitt, taking over as Batman for Bruce Wayne.

It would have been complicated with the future DC movies, including, Batman vs Superman and Justice League. The audience also didn’t want to see Superman against an alternate version of Batman.

Man of Steel was released in 2013 and became one of the hits in DC. After which, Zack Snyder announced a sequel for the movie was in development and will feature both Batman and Superman. 

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was mentioned in Thor Love and Thunder
Christopher Nolan

Batman vs Superman was released in 2016, and Snyder worked on Justice League. However, due to the passing of a family member, he had to leave the production in between.

During the production of The Dark Knight Rises, screenwriter David Goyer pitched Christopher Nolan with an idea to retell the story of Superman with a modern touch. Christopher Nolan pitched this idea to WB, and the studio considered it for the Man of Steel.

Why did Christopher Nolan pick Zack Snyder for Man of Steel?

WB decided to go ahead with the idea, but Nolan himself did not want to direct the movie. So, he suggested Zack Snyder work on the movie, and he joined in as producer and writer. He said that he was impressed with his stylized takes on 300 and Watchman, and with his innate aptitude to deal with superheroes as real characters.

He said that it was the new approach Superman required. Referring to Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan said, “He understood the power of iconic images, but he also understands the people behind them.”

Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan

He also praised the director for his ability to deconstruct mythology. He said, “It’s ironic but it’s very productive irony. You’re dealing with a filmmaker who has deconstructed this mythology and now has to reconstruct it. That’s a fascinating challenge for him.” 

Turns out Christopher Nolan made the best choice by selecting Zack Snyder for directing Man of Steel and two more movies in DC. However, Christopher Nolan was still not satisfied with the ending of the movie. 

Christopher Nolan Advised Zack Snyder Not to Watch 2017 Justice League

He did not want Superman to kill someone as he is not supposed to do so. After Snyder left the production due to the demise of his daughter, Joss Whedon took over the production and released Justice League in 2017. 

David Zaslav would only want Zack Snyder at the helm of projects for the Snyderverse.
Zack Snyder with Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot

Christopher Nolan claims that before the release of Justice League, WB brought in Nolan to watch the final cut. Nolan did not like how it was turned. The British American film director was so disgusted by the film that he advised Zack Snyder never to watch it. Snyder took in the advice and reportedly has not watched the movie yet.

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After which the fans started asking for Snyder’s version of the film, and he did bring out his cut for the film. It included filming some extra scenes for the movie and it did work out as Justice League: Snyder Cut was loved way much more than the 2017 Justice League.

Christopher Nolan along with John David Washington on the sets of Tenet (2020).
Christopher Nolan with John David Washington

Christopher Nolan is one of the most successful directors in Hollywood and has 11 Academy Awards from 36 nominations. Batman movies or the Dark Knight trilogy have also received the highest scores in their test screenings.   

He is currently working on his upcoming film Oppenheimer, which will release in 2023. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American “Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin. 

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Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.