'Man of Steel' Producer Deborah Snyder Talks Responsibilites, Adoption Tales & Challenges

They say that behind every man is a strong woman. In the case of Man of Steel director, Zack Snyder, that saying finds an important truth thanks to his wife and producing partner, Deborah Snyder. As the two embarked on bringing one of America's most popular superheroes' back to the big screen, Snyder shares her experiences both personal and professional during the press junket for the highly anticipated movie.

Q: CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE AS A PRODUCER?

As one of the producers, I was there day to day - whether it was pre-production, meeting people, working along Zach and our other producing partners, working on the budget and being part of the casting process. Being there everyday on the shoot, making sure it is all going to plan and making adjustments if we need to make adjustments. I was also there in post production, which is my favorite part because that's when it all comes together and you see how all of the visual effects come together especially on a movie like this. Hearing the music with the amazing score that Hans Zimmer created completely brought the film to life. It was a daunting task for him, seeing that the original Superman score is so recognizable and p Powerful. I think he did such an amazing job on it.

Q: HOW DID THIS WHOLE THING COME TOGETHER?

I think it was a rather daunting task to being with. The way it came about was that we were on an airplane going to CinemaCon with Chris and Emma Nolan. We were both husband and wife teams at the same studio, but never met. We talked and we agreed that when things calmed down, we would get a bite to eat and a couple months later we got a phone call from them asking if we wanted to head over to their house and grab lunch and talk about Superman. When Zach and I heard this, we thought the character felt slightly old fashioned and hard to do and we didn't know how we could interpret him for modern audiences. We met with them and they pitched us their idea and their story intrigued us so much we wanted to see if the script could live up to it. We were pleasantly surprised, the script was really incredible. Zach said he knew it would be daunting, but he had to do it. It was a character that he had loved from reading the comics and he felt like he needed a movie to support him for a modern audience.

Q: CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW CLOSE TO THE ORIGINAL YOU WANTED MAN OF STEEL TO BE?

You have to respect the cannon. But on the other hand, like the suit, we're savvy to what super hero costumes look like and you couldn't go with some of the original suits because it wouldn't fit in this modern world. We had to update them and try various iterations. The most development went into what to do with the suit? For us it had to read Superman. There had to be a proud glyph on his chest and he had to have a cape and it had to be the same color as the original costume. But there are things with the texture and the controversial thing was the underwear outside of the pants. We did do things to the costume to nod to that, but yet update it. I think that is a good example of how you modernize it, but I think the key to us is making it more relatable and understand his human side a little better because were never going to know what it's like to have super powers or be able to fly or have heat vision. But if you can relate to Clark's struggles, that's a way into the character. When you see Clark finding his way into the world, I think as an audience member, those are the things I could relate to. Like what is my purpose in life? Or even as a kid to get picked on, what does that feel like? So those are the things that are going to make you care about him more and as a character, make him more accessible to an audience.

Q: TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THE CHALLENGES WITH USING SPECIAL EFFECTS IN THIS FILM?

Zach had choreographed these amazing fight scenes that were going to happen in the air. Figuring out the technicalities of that I think are challenging. I think our experience with the past couple movies that we've done, we've played around with the technology and this just upped the anti so we've been learning all along to get to this point. To get to this level of trust and having the collaboration between DJ (our special effects supervisor) and Damon Caro who did our stunts and fighting, making sure that we had all these pieces because a lot of time you're shooting these things in pieces. Having that all planned out before you get on set so you don't have to worry about the technical aspects of it and you can concentrate on the performance, you have to plan that, so that was challenging.

Q: THE STORY OF CLARK KENT HAS A LOT OF HUMANITY TO IT. HOW DOES IT RELATE TO YOUR LIFE?

The thing I like to talk about the most is that I think that the reason this story has been around for 75 years. Yes it has spectacle and action, but it has really good character development and a really great story. The thing I think is interesting about the story - that we don't get to talk about a lot and maybe it's very personal - we adopted our two children in the course of making this film. The social worker told us (Superman) was one of the greatest adoption stories of all time and I didn't think about it like that. That is something I don't get to talk about and it's not touched upon in interviews. He is trying to figure out who he is and how his two fathers have shaped who he is. I think that is something really interesting and heartfelt from my personal experience, how the people from earth adopt him and how he adopts us as his home planet.

Q: WHAT'S NEXT FOR TEAM SNYDER?

We definitely are genre filmmakers. We really love doing that but we have a script that is an original story called "The Last Photograph" and it's really different. It is about a photo journalist and the relationship of two men in the war in Afghanistan, so it is quite different and it's a much smaller film. One day we might get to that, but we've really been enjoying this world building and these amazing characters in the genre world so I don't know if we really want to give that up.

Man of Steel hits the big screen this Friday, June 14th.