Superman returned to Sydney in a big way last night with the star-studded premiere of Man of Steel. Hundreds of fans — some in Superman shirts — lined the long black carpet at Event Cinemas on George Street, and were thrilled when the new leading man, Henry Cavill, arrived half-an-hour before the carpet was scheduled to open so he could take photos with everyone. Henry, whose profile has skyrocketed since taking on the iconic role, said there was no way to prepare for the madness that came after making the film: “It’s one of those things where you just have to enjoy it, and I’m trying to enjoy this moment as much as I possibly can.”
The British actor has taken Man of Steel worldwide but when asked to name his most memorable or crazy fan experience so far, he said, “The craziest one was actually going to my home island in Jersey. I was coming off New York and London, big premieres, and there was something very special about being back home in Jersey that really brought it home for me, and made me kind of realise what was going on, and how it important it was.”
Director Zack Snyder, of 300 and Watchmen fame, also worked the media line and said the main question he asked himself while making the movie was, “What do I wanna see? What’s the Superman movie I want to make?” As someone who has spent three years bringing his vision to life, he added, “I just hope that when fans see the movie they see the level of caring I have for the character and the mythology. I hope they see the depth and lengths we went to deliver them this sort of loving take on Superman. I hope they have that same experience I had making it. We definitely love Superman.” He also revealed that he has some souvenirs from the set, including “some Kryptonian weapons, and I have all the models of the drop ships and Henry’s costume. I just steal stuff all the time. Hopefully Warner Bros. isn’t listening to this.”
Russell Crowe, who plays Superman’s real father Jor-El in the film, was also feeling paternal on the black carpet with his two sons, Charles and Tennyson, and his South Sydney Rabbitohs team in attendance. (Charles and Tennyson were accompanied by Bindi Irwin, a long-time friend of the family.) In taking on the role of Jor-El, Russell steps into a character made famous by Marlon Brando, but he said he said he wasn’t fazed by following in the footsteps of such a great actor. “I didn’t even really think about it, because I never saw those films. I’m a huge Brando fan — On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Godfather — he’s one of my favourite actors, but I never got the feeling that he was thoroughly committed to being Jor-El in those films, possibly because of the way he talked about it, or possibly because all the press about it was all about money.” He went on to praise Man of Steel for its believability with even small technical things like flying at supersonic speeds, which he thought previous films didn’t achieve.
Along with the big stars there was also a huge turnout of Australian talent, including Jesinta Campbell, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Timomatic, Michelle Bridges and Steve “The Commando” Willis, who got all dressed up for a screening that filled multiple cinemas in the complex. There was also extra international star power in the form of Merlin’s Bradley James, Harry Potter twins James and Oliver Phelps, and Alan Tudyk, who were all in town for the Supernova Expo. Man of Steel is released in Australia on June 27.