Director Zack Snyder says that he will respect the Superman canon, but that he's making his own movie out of it, not remaking someone else's.
There have been five Superman movies over the years, four starring Christopher Reeve, and one starring Brandon Routh. But Snyder, the director of 300, Watchmen and the upcoming Sucker Punch, says that when he starts work on the sixth, he's going to act like the others don't exist.
Christopher Reeve gave what many people consider to be the quintessential Superman performance in the late seventies and early eighties, and the 2006 reboot, Superman Returns owed a great deal to those earlier films. Snyder approach will be a little different, however, and he says that while he's going to be respectful to the canon and the comics, it will be his own take on the character, not someone else's.
He compared it to the differences between the Batman movies of the 90s, and Christopher Nolan's relaunch of the character with Batman Begins in 2005. Snyder said that Nolan - who is both a producer and a creative consultant on the movie - was a fantastic person to work with, calling him respectful, helpful and hilarious. Nolan's focus, he said, was on making the movie as good as possible, and that they had a great "give and take" relationship.
As good as the Christopher Reeves movies were - especially the first two - setting them aside is probably for the best. It's been more than thirty years since the first one came out, and the character of Superman has changed and evolved since then, including dying and then coming back to life. It's about time we got a new cinematic vision for Superman, and it looks like that's exactly what Snyder wants to give us.
Source: Hero Complex