October 9, 2010 by Post Team
Superman Returns, The last days of various news sources around the world have been reporting the momentous news that the long-rumored movie Superman had finally found a director Zack Snyder. As a fan of Superman this news brings hope and doubt for me.
First, let’s get a little rant off the road. Anything is better than Brian Singer “Superman Returns” attempts to restart the franchise. I grew up on Superman and others who take Lex Luthor Kevin Spacey was nothing remotely good about the movie. “Superman Returns” is the superhero movie I’ve only slept for … that cannot be good. Not that the mark did a bad job Routh as Supes but he was trying too hard to be Christopher Reeve. Hell, the entire film was trying too hard to be a film by Richard Donner; a barrel of Superman comic books got rid of years ago.
After losing the child. Super Brat was by far the worst part of the movie the singer and totally unnecessary. If we add in the offspring super (a sure sign of jumping the shark, if there ever was one) unless you are, you know, SUPER. The guy who got to play Lois Lane’s son reminded me all too much the child of The Shining. Truly creepy.
Yes, Christopher Reeve films were good, but comics have matured a lot since the Donner films and it is time for the Superman movies is reflected. Superman has to be darker and face some real ethical issues. The man is literally a god, Zeus incarnate, and he chooses to live among men saved rather than rule over them. Most people misunderstand the role of Superman. Superman is the disguise and Clark Kent is the real person. If Kent Snyder decides to disguise all that remains is a slapstick-driven, awkward alter ego that the public was fast. Tom Welling and Smallville used as a template and the film will at least have a solid base.
Say what you want about Smallville brought a sense of dignity to the characters differently by laughing at the screen. Nolan under the supervision of the new film is at least a good chance that the same ideals that brought “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” will survive in this new adaptation. Make realistic heroes and villains and still full of wonder. Superman is, after all, not Batman. Superman must battle a villain worthy of his intellectual and physical power. Lex Luthor is exaggerated and not honest too much room for that failure. Unless you can get Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor the ultimate in my books) to reprise his role just leave be. There is talk of bringing back General Zod but even the villain has been exaggerated as well. With Snyder at the helm would be possible to bring a worthy adversary as CGI driven Brainiac or Darkseid. As long as the villain (s) are complex and well thought out to be a delight to see on the screen.
The film could be held much worse than Snyder. Snyder proved his comic skills as faithfully adapted both “300″ and “Watchmen” to the big screen. “Watchmen” source material was fine with characters that were forced to alienate many viewers, but Snyder did any way and given the proper treatment it deserved. More than that Snyder knows how to handle more of a superhero at the same time and that is something the DC Universe films are desperately needed. Take a tip from Marvel and expand their universe of the movie! With over 100 years of material to work from there, literally thousands of characters both new and old to bring into the fold.
With a 2012 release date still have time to go before they see the finished product, but I have hope. What do you think?
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