The S Stands for Hope: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams & Zack Snyder Discuss 'Man of Steel'

After a summer where the Wolfpack disappointed, Robert Downey, Jr., may have made his last stand alone Iron Man movie and Star Trek Into Darkness bummed out fanboys across the universe with the whole Khan thing, there's another hero in the horizon hoping to not only take off without turbulence, but mainly hopes to stick a perfect landing with audiences.

We've all seen the trailers, took a minute to catch a TV spot and felt in awe when we saw Superman in his new suit (sans undies!). Now lets all just wait a few more days and allow Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe and director Zack Snyder to tease us just a little longer.

Q: In deciding what the structure of the movie was going to be and who was going to be the main opposing force in the film, what was it about Zod that made want to tell that story?

Zack Snyder: I think the cool thing about Zod, he offers a real threat to Superman. A physical and emotional threat to Superman that is much stronger then any earth bound threat. He's able not only to match him physically but also represents his people. He's a hard opponent that way.

Q: I enjoyed that Zod had a real reason for doing what he was doing. He had a nice organic reason for all of it.

Zack Snyder: Michael and I talked about it in the beginning that we wanted his point of view to be pretty clear in that he didn't want anything that possibly...if this was happening to your planet and you were trying to save the people that you loved, what lengths would you go to?

Q: It's a great Lois Lane and it was a Lois Lane we have never seen before. Can you talk about what attracted you to the part and how you see this Lois as different from previous ones.

Amy Adam: I grew up watching Superman and loving the characters. I think I’ve let it be known that I’ve auditioned several times. This was my third try, so thank you, Zack, for letting me play Lois. When I talked to Zack about this incarnation of Lois, what I loved was that she was definitely still the intrepid reporter. But she was also somebody who was going to be a part of the solution, not just part of the problem. She was going to have more of an inner track on Clark and sort of be on the inside as opposed to being on the outside and I really liked that and thought that was a very unique idea. I really loved that Zack wanted it to be this big, amazing film, but it was also very important to him to focus on the characters and the truth and grounding the characters in reality as much as possible in this amazing world that he created. He wanted the characters to have a real true heartbeat and that's what inspired me about Zack.

Q: Henry there was a lot of CGI but how was it doing the flight scenes? Also you guys are both super heroes and fight in a particular way, so was there some martial arts mixed with something different?

Henry Cavill: Flight for one…there was a lot of rehearsal involved. When it came to actual super speed flight, it was mostly belly pan work. Belly pan is the mold of the front of a person’s body and you lie in it and there was special gimbals created so there's a guy in a green suit and a green screen moving it depending on Zack's direction and I just have to imagine what it's like to fly. We had lots of help from Zack's sort of imagery attached to it and his direction. There was also a lot of wire work that we did during the whole stunt process that was incredibly complex and the guys tested it amazingly. A guy called Jim Churchman just did a fantastic job on the wires. That was probably the funnest part for me as far as flying because I got to be 40 feet up in the air and sort of just completely out of control. Well someone else's control thank goodness. That was the stuff that made you feel like flight and Superman.

Q: Henry, did you feel some sort of responsibility playing Superman and how did you find your way into this iconic character?

Henry Cavill: First I don't think it's about finding my way into an icon. Playing an icon, you don't try to be an icon because that defeats the purpose. The responsibility attached is enormous and the realization that it actually really, really, matters meant that I wanted to put the most amount of work into representing the character properly. That especially applied when I was working out in the gym. When you feel you can't push any harder and you can't lift anymore weight. You think, ‘hold on a second. you got to look like Superman!’ There's a whole lot of people out there who are relying on me to be that super hero. So it really helped to push those extra few reps and just become that character.

Q: Jor-El is pretty involved in this movie compared to the original film where Brando just came in an shot a bit but Jor-El is really the soul of the movie. What was the experience for you just being that?

Russell Crowe: I have a confession, might as well just get it out. I've never seen any of the other Superman movies. Haven't seen one with that fellow in it or the new young fellow - I didn't see that either. I didn't have any references in terms of cinematic experiences. The only Superman reference I have is the 1950's black and white TV show that was on after school. So I really had nothing to draw on. The simple thing for me is I read the script and thought it was a complex and really cool story in and of itself. And I thought the problem that Jor-El faced in terms of his decision as a father was a very interesting thing to do and so that's why I decided to get involved.

Q: Henry, have you taken anything from other actors that have played this character before and how did you want to be different from them?

Henry Cavill: I did not take anything from the other characters that played it before. As an actor, the way I do it and the way I viewed it is that all the actors that have come before, it's their interpretation of the source material, source material being the comic books. And I wanted to have my interpretation not out of a sense of ego but in a sense that it might be a disjointed performance if I have someone else's personality and their influence affect the interpretation of the character. So I went straight to the comic books and yes, I have seen the older movies but I did not apply those performances to mine.

Q: Henry can you settle the debate over the internet on how Superman does shave? On a serious note I love the idea that you have to give them hope and it's important because it speaks to those who feel like outsiders.

Henry Cavill: I think some things better remain a mystery. I mean what would people do otherwise apart from talk about it? I don't necessarily think that he speaks to the outsider alone, he speaks to everyone or that ideal speaks to everyone. We all need hope no matter what century we are in, whatever state of life we are in, whether we are going through tragedy or not. Its just hope that everything will be ok and if tragedy and disaster happens, I hope we can overcome it. I don't think it's solely for those who are outsiders and those who think they're alone. It's for every one.

Man of Steel will invade theaters on Friday, June 14th.