MAN OF STEEL Producer Says Silly Fanboys, Marvels For Kids


man of steel smirkMan of Steel and The Dark Knight Trilogy producer Charles Roven recently explained the differences between Marvel‘s approach to movies compared to the approach Warner Bros./DC takes while on the red carpet for the American Hustle premiere. He sees one big difference between the two studios, and what he has to say might just ruffle a few feathers.

Speaking with Desde Hollywood on the red carpet, Roven was asked about how drama is explored in comic book movies. The producer says it’s all about exploring the human condition even when your subject matter is superhuman (transcript via CBM):

Whatever the kind of movie you do you should strive for those themes and nuances exactly. I think they make the films more meaningful. I always try, not always succeed, in doing films that examine in their own way, even if they are entertainment, the human condition and the things that are important to all of us. I am actually glad that you noticed that because it is an important aspect of the movies that I try to make.

One of the movies that really explored the human condition in the superhuman was Man of Steel. Roven offered that film up as an example and used it to explain the difference between DC and Marvel. He was complimentary to the competition in some instances, but he says DC films are more adult in comparison:

I think that ‘Man of Steel’ played younger, to a wider audience. Even though Chris’s trilogy was more successful financially, I think you should be older to appreciate the full aspect of it. In that regard I would say that ‘Man of Steel’ played younger than that. I can’t speak for the Marvel comics. I certainly believe that they have done a great job in being very successful in what they are doing so they should continue. One of the things that I like in terms of what they are doing vs. what we are doing is that the movies are different. When you see what Zack Snyder or Chris Nolan is making in this genre, one that I am producing with Emma Thomas or Deborah Snyder, we go for certain themes that are slightly more adult even though they are very universal.

Roven also teased, with a laugh, that when they have an official title for Batman vs. Superman, they will announce it. So there you go. You can take the producer’s comments how you will. He lays out his point, so you can agree or disagree with it accordingly. What do you think about his comments?

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