When we covered the potential birth of a DC Cinematic Universe the other day, as referenced in a New York Post interview with filmmaker Zack Snyder, so great was our excitement that we looked right past another interesting kernel of information revealed therein.
Comic Book Movie noticed, though, that Snyder, who is directing the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel, indicated during the interview that he hoped to keep the traditional red trunks as a part of Superman’s costume, only to be overruled by Warner Brothers, who wouldn’t budge on the issue even if most of the concept art still featured a more traditional look for the Big Blue Boyscout.
“The costume was a big deal for me, and we played around for a long time,” said Snyder. “I tried like crazy to keep the red briefs on him. Everyone else said, ‘You can’t have the briefs on him.’ I looked at probably 1,500 versions of the costumes with the briefs on. If you look at the costume, it’s very modern, but the relationship to the original costume is strong.”
Changing the iconic look of the film to something that’s more in line with the current comic books (Superman’s costume was revamped along with the rest of the DC Universe in the wake of the New 52′s launch last September) is a challenge, but one that both Snyder and star Henry Cavill think their crew have made the best of. That doesn’t mean they don’t understand the gravity, though.
“I heard one time that the Superman glyph is the second or third most recognizable symbol on Earth after the Christian cross,” Snyder told the Post. “It’s this crazy responsibility.”