Zack Snyder, writer and director of the new film Sucker Punch, told Boxoffice Magazine that his upcoming installment of the Superman film franchise will basically function as if its predecessors did not exist. When asked whether his film would offer an origin story for Superman, Snyder said, "I can't really say exactly what we're going to do as far as that goes, but I will say that we are basically saying that there's been no other movies. As far as we're concerned, we just found this comic book under our bed and said, this would be a cool thing to make into a movie, with a cool character and a cool history."
Snyder spoke to Boxoffice via telephone Thursday to discuss Sucker Punch, an original effort that utilizes the style and technique he developed on his earlier films Dawn of the Dead, 300 and Watchmen. He joined the production of Superman before finishing Sucker Punch, and is in pre-production with The Dark Knight filmmaker Christopher Nolan as its executive producer. He said that in regards to Superman, he wasn't sure yet if he would be using that same style to bring him to life, but was definitely interested in creating a more realistic setting for the character. "We've been talking about all sorts of different stuff as far as sort of levels of realism go and all that," he said. "But how that realism manifests itself photographically I'm not sure yet."
Snyder also said that regardless of the film's style, he wants the film to offer a new perspective on Superman that audiences haven't seen yet. "So however that manifests itself as far as the story goes, I wouldn't judge it based on whether or not it's an origin story or not," he said. "The way to think about it is more like the fact that you're being introduced to a character that maybe you don't know exactly."
Sucker Punch opens nationwide on March 25, 2011.