Last month, on my other blog Film Sketchr, I interviewed concept artist Peter Rubin about his work. One topic he mentioned was the Superman reboot Man of Steel (2013). I was impressed that he designed the Superman chest emblem since it's pretty much the only thing I like about the new costume.

Last week Comic Book Resources, as well as other blogs picked out some points I missed. Here now are a few key points he revealed. Here's his quote:

Well, Man of Steel comes out in 2013. I've left some fingerprints on that. I spent nine months working with Alex on the details of Krypton.
Some of his thoughts on working with production designer Alex McDowell:
Like I said, he's a thinker... for him, it was all about the aesthetic and the culture of these aliens - characters that everybody thinks they already know, which made it all the more challenging.  
He was very particular, which drove me to work hard to try master the style he had in mind. It stretched me, and I think we did some new and interesting things, both from a visual point of view and also technologically, within the process.
On director Zack Snyder and his vision of Superman.
Zack is a strong director, too, and I'm very excited by what he's bringing to the story. What we did behind the scenes is going to have repercussions in the business, and on screen it's going to knock people's socks off, in my opinion.
How influenced he was by the original Superman comics.
I'm a huge Superman fan going back to childhood, and so was very, very glad to be a part of it. I got some amazing design opportunities. For one, I was asked to design the new "S" insignia, the one that Henry Cavill is wearing in all those leaked on-set photos.  
I've been drawing that in one version or another since I was four years old. I was hitting in the sweet spot, and it felt like one of the high points of my career as a designer. There were some interesting struggles associated with it - I'll tell that story someday. :-)
Pretty cool stuff, especially since he reveals that there will be some key scenes of Superman's home planet of Krypton. Funny how I missed it the first time, but the whole interview is good.

If you want to read the whole interview with Peter Rubin check out Film Sketchr

What do think this means for Man of Steel?


Arlee Bird said...

Don't know what it means for Man of Steel--I'm sure it will probably be a big hit.

Having been in the Halloween costume business I know that industry loves the new costumed character movies especially when the costumes get redesigned--which is the case with every new film now. New costume design means more new costume sales. You should have seen all the different styles of Superman, Batman, and other super hero costumes that our company carried.

Costume movies are big business.

Tossing It Out

Maurice Mitchell said...

Arlee I never thought about it that way. You can't show up dressed in the "old" Superman costume can you? You'd get laughed out of the party.


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