Why Zack Snyder Rejected James Cameron’s Idea to Shoot Man of Steel in Native 3D

Henry Cavill standing in front of an American flag as Superman in Man of Steel.

Man of Steel‘s Zack Snyder recently explained why he rejected James Cameron’s idea to shoot the 2013 DC Extended Universe film in native 3D.

Snyder recalled the Avatar director’s failed attempt to convince him to film Man of Steel specifically for the 3D format during a panel at SnyderCon 2023. “We had a meeting with Jim Cameron — I think it was right before we did Superman — and he was wanting us to, shoot the movie natively… in 3D,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Uh… yes, Jim. That’s a great idea.’ But then the film… that was problematic… because you need two cameras all the time. So that would have been… yeah.” Man of Steel ultimately screened in 2D and 3D, with the 3D version of the movie achieved via digital conversion during post-production.


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Snyder’s comments come after the director reflected more broadly on the legacy of the DCEU at the Full Circle charity event. Addressing the mixed response to Man of Steel‘s sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Snyder chalked this up to moviegoers’ preconceived notions of the superhero genre. “I think, and maybe I’m wrong, but I feel like a lot of people went into the movies for going like, ‘Oh, it’s the superhero romp, right? Let’s have fun with it,'” he said. “And we gave them this sort of hardcore deconstructivist, heavily layered, experiential modern mythological superhero movie that needs… that you really need to pay attention to.”

The Flash Star Praises Zack Snyder

While the appeal of the DECU was lost on some viewers, it certainly clicked with at least one cast member: Michael Shannon. Shannon raved about his experience collaborating with Snyder on Man of Steel, insisting that he “loved” working on the movie. He added that Man of Steel was, in his view, “a fairly important film” — even though he’s not generally a fan of superhero fare. Shannon also spoke about reprising his Man of Steel role, General Zod, in upcoming blockbuster The Flash, saying it was “nice” portraying the iconic baddie again.

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The star wouldn’t have signed on for The Flash without Snyder’s approval, though. Shannon said as much in a recent interview, revealing that he consulted Snyder before confirming his return as Zod. “Zack, to his credit, was very understanding. He gave me his blessing, and I went to do it,” Shannon said.

Man of Steel is currently streaming on HBO Max.

Source: SnyderCon 2023, via SuperHeroHype


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