Bryan Singer Says He Made SUPERMAN RETURNS For The Ladies; Gets A Little Catty When Talking MAN OF STEEL
Bryan Singer may be hard at working finishing up the latest X-Men film, Days of Future Past, and getting ready to begin work on X-Men: Apocalypse, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing a bit of reminiscing. in the latest issue of Empire (which seems to be Singer, Fox, and the X-Men‘s new best friend), the director was asked about his other big comic book movie- Superman Returns. That film isn’t as well regarded as his X-films. Singer still loves what he got to do with Superman, but he admits he would do it differently if he could go back.
The main criticism leveled at Singer is that he made a two and a half hour Superman movie that had minimal action and was designed to be a direct follow-up to Richard Donner‘s film. Fans had a lot of problems with the execution, and Singer admits that he probably should have gone with an origin story to reboot things (via ComicBook.Com):
Half of that I understand and half of it I never will. It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn’t what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly. I don’y know what would have helped. Probably nothing. If I could go again, I would do an origin. I would reboot it.
Before Superman Returns got the lukewarm reception that it did, there was a sequel being planned. Singer says that the title of that one would have probably been Man of Steel. While the title would be used for Zack Snyder‘s film, Singer says that Darkseid would have been the villain in his similarly titled film. I guess that was to combat the lack of action in the first one. A punch-y villain for Brandon Routh‘s Superman to fight could have picked things up. Said the director “We did explore it a little. Just hammering out ideas. I think Darkseid was going to be the villain. It was pretty world-destroying, actually.“
In another section of the same interview that popped up on the web a little later, Singer weighs in on Henry Cavill and his iteration of Man of Steel. Cavill was actually in the running for Superman Returns, but ultimately lost the part to Routh. Singer explains why Cavill didn’t get the part:
Yeah. I saw it when it came out. Um…I think Henry Cavill is great. I knew Henry. He and I were friends years ago. Oddly enough, the reason I didn’t cast him was because I was making a sequel to Christopher Reeve and I wanted somebody who embodied Reeve more.
That he says Cavill didn’t embody and look as much like Reeve compared to Routh is pretty funny considering there’s one scene in Man of Steel which some fans swear features Reeve‘s face digitally laid over top of Cavill‘s. It isn’t, the two just looking similar in some of their Superman poses.Casting aside, the director gives his review of the film even though he says it isn’t a review (via WatchTowerOfBabel.Com):
I am in awe of the world building and the scope of that picture. It’s tough for me. I’m not a critic and it starts to get into a weird thing where one director is talking about another director. I know how hard it is to make a movie, especially one of these movies and especially a Superman movie, and there was so much I was impressed with in that movie. There were things I might have done a little differently just because of the way I view the character. Don’t misinterpret that as me not liking something. It’s not ‘Bryan Singer’s review of Man Of Steel’!
So Singer would have done Super Returns differently, he would have used Darkseid in the sequel, and he’s a little catty about Man of Steel and Cavill. Singer is now back with the X-Men, so I’m sure he’s happy. While he left the X-Men to do Superman, and then left Superman (in part because of the reception of the film) to do Valkyrie, it seems he’s back where he wants to be. What do you think about the director’s comments? Can you imagine ‘what might have been‘ if Singer‘s Superman plans played out different?