Will The Next Superman Movie Soar Or Dive?
Since (Not So) Silent Mike and I started posting our View2View segments we have taken the opposing sides of the argument. However, this time around we are largely on the same page, but want to give you our takes on the next Superman movie starring Henry Cavill for release in 2012.
Comic Canuck’s View
I loved Christopher Reeve as Superman and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor. When Superman Returns was released I saw it on opening night. I felt like a kid again. They were bringing back one of my favorite superheroes and I was thrilled. My wife (not a comic book enthusiast) kept her emotions in check much better than I. I thought Kevin Spacey was excellent as Lex Luthor and Brandon Routh was a solid Superman. I liked the movie, but it was only a little after I realized why: It reminded me of the Reeves’ Superman. It was nostalgia. But you know what the Reeves’ version had? Fighting! Who let me down in Superman Returns? Bryan Singer, Warner Brothers and DC. How could they let that script out the door? Did no one read it and realize that this was a movie that was not going to nab any new fans or even reward its loyal fans ?
There is a new Superman being shot for a 2012 release date. This version of Superman better blow me away. Leave the origin story out of it. In fact, I’d like the opening scene to not be Clark Kent walking into the Daily Planet or chumming around with Jimmy, but I’d rather see Superman getting his clock cleaned by someone like Mongul. Open the film on a dark moment, show a little blood and then have Supes take out the big, bad villain. Now that would be an exciting opening. But I’ll leave that to the talented team of writers, who I am sure are aware of whether this next Superman flick shines like Batman Begins or crashes like George Clooney’s Batman and Robin.
What do I think of Henry Cavill being cast as Superman as Routh was passed over? I loved him in The Tudors and if he can master an American accent then I think he can pull it off. My fingers are crossed that he will be given a great script to draw from and the direction to do his best in such a highly-anticipated role. Having said that, I will still walk into the theater with hesitation and hope that I am not let down.
Until then, have fun and keep reading.
(Not So) Silent Mike’s View
You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly
Now mind you Bryan Singer is an amazing talent, but Superman Returns artsy and very lackluster show of what Superman was truly capable of, let us not get into the whole Superman’s son deal or that he was a super powered peeping tom at times, I was just kind of in awe of how upset I truly was. I think Kevin Smith said it best on one of his DVDs he said “it was two hours on Superman not throwing a punch” and that is what caught me most. There was some strength, flight, the different visions, but never was there a punch thrown and to be honest that completely takes away from what I want to see Superman do. So here’s my view on this very different View2View entitled “A New Superman Movie Yay or Nay?”
Superman is one of the most known names in the world, not just the US, the world over knows who the Man of Steel is. So in hearing that DC finally started pre-production to a new Superman movie I was oddly stunned that they were really going to try it one more time. Now on doing some research I have been brought to believe that this Superman movie can indeed do something the most recent ones have lacked, it can make Superman fun again. With names like David S. Goyer credited with screen play and story, as well as Christopher Nolan as the producer, and Zack Snyder as the director I truly feel this movie has a shot.
Obviously in the trailers to come names like Batman Begins, Inception, Watchmen, 300, Sucker Punch, and more will be dropped, but with all those name drops the one thing we have to remember is Superman is not any of those. He isn’t a dark gritty persona, he is literally a god on earth who holds himself back from snapping humans like twigs accidentally every day. He is plausibly the most powerful man on the world whose arch-nemesis and rogues gallery also bring to the table the most dangerous villains in the world, and even in some cases the universe.
So put simply if done right, with this amazing amount of writers and artists at its back Superman could possibly be the best Superman movie made to date, but if done wrong (which I truly hope doesn’t happen) the daunting task of bringing the Last Son of Krypton to us could very possibly be the last time anyone ever see’s him on the big screen.
And that my friends is my view, what’s yours?