nolan was doing a realistic take on batman, hence he needed a new theme.
this is merely a reboot.
and this is'nt a realistic take?
some of snyder's interviews
I think the visual style of Superman, though I can’t say for certain as it’s early, but I kind of feel like — and I did say to the studio — that what’s cool for me and interesting, and odd, is that Superman is probably going to be the most realistic movie I’ve ever made. It’s kind of fun that the most realistic movie I probably will make is a movie called Superman. Which shows how crazy my other movies are. Because I guess for him to be credible... He gets more credible by the reality that you can bring to him, you know emotionally, and visually, I think.
I think the thing you realize when you look at Diane and Kevin, in our decision to cast them so far, you sort of get a sense of how tonally we're looking at the movie, and what you realize is that those guys are serious actors, and we're taking this s**t f**king seriously in terms of the tone of having those guys. You're talking about having a situation where whatever the action is or whatever the drama of the movie is, our first priority is to make sure it's rendered in the most realistic way we can get at.
“I think, in the end, our big challenge is making Superman relevant, making him relatable and interesting. Dimensional. I want people to be able to go, ‘I would have done that if I were Superman. That’s right.’ In the sense that I can empathize with him as a personality, I can empathize with his decision-making in the same way that you can with characters in the movies that you love. Part of it is, you get why Superman feels the way he feels because you would have felt that same way.”