By Cosmic Sentinel 4 Comments
So now there is a new Superman film in production, I should be a happy camper right? Well, I was. When I heard Christopher Nolan was over-seeing things, I was excited. He has done a fantastic job revitalising Batman after he caught franchise leprosy with Batman and Robin. Then came more good news, Zack Snyder is directing. He had done such a fantastic job with Watchmen that my biggest complaint was that it was, if anything, a little too close to the book. That's two people with a strong history of bringing comics to the movies, what could possibly go wrong?
History likes to repeat itself. Bryan Singer had done great things with the X-Men franchise when he was drafted in to Superman's never-ending battle against development Hell. Fans rejoiced as talk of giant spiders, polar bears and a Superman who can't fly ended. He wanted to create a loose sequel to Superman 2, I like Superman 3 but most people don't and so the general feeling was that this was a good thing. He knew where the Superman franchise and it's fandom had started to part ways and was going back. Then details of the plot leaked out. Superman has been gone for five years and now has a new boyfriend and a child that may or may not be half Kryptonian. Lois Lane was being played by Kate Bosworth, who, since she looks like she's half Brandon Routh's age, just looked miscast. I worried. The end result was a mixed bag. When Superman was saving the day, it was great. The rest of the film veers between boring and awful.
Now the rumour is that Matthew Goode is going to be Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent, Anne Hathaway will be Lois. Rather than have Goode hit the gym, CGI will be used to give him the Kryptonian physique, much like Ryan Reynolds is in his Green Lanterncostume. Goode is only an inch shorter than Routh, who was fantastic as Superman. Fan opinion is mixed on the results for GL, where it actually makes sense, so Heaven only knows why Nolan and Snyder think it's a good idea for Superman when there is a much less controversial option. The story appears to be a reboot, with Clark helping people as he travels the world, avoiding using his powers. While not as awful as Returns, it feels a bit unnecessary given Smallville is still on the air and Superman has one of the most famous origins in comics. I just hope this is just the first act to bring people up to speed with where Superman is at before getting to the story proper.
So how worried am I? Well, nothing is confirmed and so Nolan and Snyder deserve the benefit of the doubt. Hathaway seems like a good choice. Goode I'm not so convinced about, but maybe that's because I want Routh back. There are two worrying parts. The first is the CGI. When will film makers learn: if you can do it practically, do it practically. We want it to look real and the more CGI intrudes (and you can't intrude more than being on the main character's chest) the more it looks fake. The second is the rumour that this will focus mainly on Clark. We want SUPERMAN! That's when the last film actually worked! If I wanted more Clark, I'd watch Smallville. It's all about Clark and the biggest frustration with that show is he won't put on the bloody cape and fly! I want to see him catch bullets, I want to see him be a boyscout, lift cars above his head.
I want to believe a man can fly!