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Zack Snyder: 'Superman is superhero Rosetta Stone'

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Superman is "the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes", Zack Snyder has claimed.

The Man of Steel director discussed the importance of the character to comics and pop culture during an interview with the Los Angeles Times about his upcoming Warner Bros movie.

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"It's a more serious version of Superman," he said of Henry Cavill's character. "It's not like a heart attack. We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously.

"I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you're going to see a Superman you've never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made.

"He's the king-daddy. Honestly that's why I wanted to do it. I'm interested in Superman because he's the father of all superheroes. He's this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology?

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"What we've made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It's been an honour to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully."

The film will also star Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe.

Man of Steel will debut on June 14, 2013.

Watch a trailer for the Superman movie below:

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