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‘If it was Nolan’s film, it’d be well thought out and less CGI’: Man of Steel Fans Claim Christopher Nolan Would’ve Done a Better Job Than Zack Snyder as Director

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What if Man of Steel was a Christopher Nolan movie? Yes, the audiences have seen the director extraordinaire on the sets but the film was all Zack Snyder. The incredible story and the ingenious tragedy that bound the threads of the film together was an overwhelming response to the evolutionary need for Superman to be something more than a symbol of hope. He needed to be more than something that resembled a bird or a plane in the sky.

Snyder’s Man of Tomorrow was foremost a man. Flawed. Petulant. Erring. And it was exactly this trait that made him a violent protector and a destructive savior. A Metropolis in ruins was evidence of that evolution and Zod’s limp body is a physical reminder of Superman’s moral fragility.

Henry Cavill as Man of Steel
Henry Cavill as Superman in BVS: Dawn of Justice

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What if Christopher Nolan Had Directed Man of Steel?

Christopher Nolan’s genius lies in the mathematical yet unquantifiable reaches of the mind – some niche cortex yet to be explored or discovered, a neuron that is there but just a bit out of reach. InceptionPrestige, and Interstellar are examples of that untouchable brilliance and Man of Steel was an extension of it because of Nolan’s involvement in the project as a producer.

Zack Snyder on the Justice League set
Zack Snyder on the Justice League set

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But if he had, in fact, directed it instead, the comic book movie would have represented a tale proportionate to a Greek epic. That is Nolan’s design and it is inherently flawless. The director did the same with the Dark Knight trilogy. The exceptionally told tale of the Caped Crusader that followed a beginning, a middle, and an end was the perfect trilogy in terms of composition.

The Man of Steel’s story, although not an origin arc, could have been expansive in vision and provided a delightful execution – something that would be less inclined toward a showdown involving glorified battles and instead focused on a more nuanced undoing of the alien who is god.

Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill
Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill

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Fan-Made Video Shows Nolan’s Man of Steel Edit

Social media and the internet are places of amazing things. It is the answer to every question there is and it seems as though a fan finally found an adequate response to the supposition: what if Man of Steel was directed by Christopher Nolan? The fan-made video edit, although dynamic in its show of power and cinematographically brilliant, seems a bit too faux in its authenticity.

Zack Snyder’s execution was brilliant. What he created on the screen has given way to a mass movement that almost broke an entire industry in half. Such emotions are not capable of being born without the catalytic factor of greatness. Even though Nolan is an exceptional genius and a legend in his own time, Snyder is a visionary and irrevocable in his ambitious direction, and his Man of Steel – no matter how well thought out – would not have been as otherworldly in its execution if it was made by anyone other than the maestro himself. But perhaps that’s just the nostalgia talking.

Man of Steel is available for streaming on HBO Max.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has more than 1200 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists